A comprehensive career-success model for physician-scientists

Acad Med. 2011 Dec;86(12):1571-6. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0b013e31823592fd.


With today's focus on the translation of basic science discoveries into clinical practice, the demand for physician-scientists is growing. Yet, physicians have always found it challenging to juggle the demands of clinical care with the time required to perform research. The Research on Careers Workgroup of the Institute for Clinical Research Education at the University of Pittsburgh developed a comprehensive model for career success that would address, and allow for the evaluation of, the personal factors, organizational factors, and their interplay that contribute to career success. With this model, leaders of training programs could identify early opportunities for intervening with potential physician-scientists to ensure career success. Through an iterative process described in this article, the authors identified and examined potential models for career success from the literature, added other elements determined to be significant, and developed a comprehensive model to assess factors associated with career success for physician-scientists. The authors also present examples of ways in which this model can be adapted and applied to specific situations to assess the effects of different factors on career success.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biomedical Research / organization & administration*
  • Career Choice*
  • Education, Medical / organization & administration
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Job Satisfaction*
  • Male
  • Models, Educational
  • Personal Satisfaction
  • Physician's Role*