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A Perspective on Careers in Academic Medicine

A Perspective on Careers in Academic Medicine Abstract To the Editor.—I comment on the editorial, "Careers in Academic Medicine," by Alpert and Coles in the September 1988 issue of the Archives.1 I have been a faculty member at Yale full time since 1955, and my perspective differs slightly from theirs. Academic medicine, whether clinical practice or research, has been a fine way to have a career. One can be angry and frustrated, but boredom is rare. To work unfettered by the restraints of patient care and finance, to move from laboratory pursuits (as they were defined in the 1950s and 1960s), to the joys of clinical teaching, and, finally, to find equilibrium in the distance from the constraints of academia that the library lends permits filling out the different stages of medical life. There are problems living in a rigidly hierarchical system, where each new "chairman," more like Mao Zedong than American democracy might require, is References 1. Alpert JS, Coles R. Careers in academic medicine: triple threat or double fake . Arch Intern Med . 1988;148:1906-1907.Crossref http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Archives of Internal Medicine American Medical Association

A Perspective on Careers in Academic Medicine

Archives of Internal Medicine , Volume 149 (4) – Apr 1, 1989

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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright © 1989 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
ISSN
0003-9926
eISSN
1538-3679
DOI
10.1001/archinte.1989.00390040159042
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Abstract

Abstract To the Editor.—I comment on the editorial, "Careers in Academic Medicine," by Alpert and Coles in the September 1988 issue of the Archives.1 I have been a faculty member at Yale full time since 1955, and my perspective differs slightly from theirs. Academic medicine, whether clinical practice or research, has been a fine way to have a career. One can be angry and frustrated, but boredom is rare. To work unfettered by the restraints of patient care and finance, to move from laboratory pursuits (as they were defined in the 1950s and 1960s), to the joys of clinical teaching, and, finally, to find equilibrium in the distance from the constraints of academia that the library lends permits filling out the different stages of medical life. There are problems living in a rigidly hierarchical system, where each new "chairman," more like Mao Zedong than American democracy might require, is References 1. Alpert JS, Coles R. Careers in academic medicine: triple threat or double fake . Arch Intern Med . 1988;148:1906-1907.Crossref

Journal

Archives of Internal MedicineAmerican Medical Association

Published: Apr 1, 1989

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