A career in academic medicine
How to become an academic clinician
- By: M W Mather, R J Piper, R Dbeis, J Gupta
Academic medicine is “a loosely defined term that describes the branch of medicine pursued by doctors who engage in a variety of scholarly activities.”1 But what are these scholarly activities? Broadly speaking, academic medicine can be divided into research, teaching, and leadership.1 No one role is identical, and academic clinicians often juggle multiple responsibilities as part of their job. Indeed, this variety may be something that attracts doctors to academic medicine.
Many research teams welcome medical students to help with their project, and many people find their way into research simply by talking to their lecturers or consultants. One of the earliest opportunities for a graduate to engage in academic medicine is through the Academic Foundation Programme (AFP) in the UK. The programme provides medical graduates with an opportunity to undertake academic training and study while acquiring all the clinical competencies that are required from a junior doctor.2 The programme