Academic medicine: what's in it for me?
Endorsed by more than 40 journals and prominent organisations, the International Campaign to Revitalise Academic Medicine (ICRAM) aims to give a new lease of life to academic medicine. Timothy Underwood explains what it is and how you can get involved
A career in academic medicine is the last thing on your mind at the beginning of freshers' week, and so it should be. In fact, many people have not got a clue what academic medicine is, let alone how to get into it. But if you were to stop and think for a minute about medical school education and the training that you will receive throughout your career, it might become apparent how important academic medicine actually is.
From the biochemistry lecture hall with diagrams of the DNA double helix to the professor of surgery's seemingly impossible to answer questions, academic medicine and those within it have traditionally been the educators of the next generation of doctors—you.
Not only are these educators providing first class clinical care for their patients, but they are also discovering the next generation of chemotherapeutic agents or doing a multi-centre randomised controlled trial. The triple