Clinician scientists have a combination of experience and training that provides a valuable perspective to biomedical research and clinical practice. Clinician scientists are able to build research programs that focus on both the “bedside-to-bench” and the “bench-to-bedside” approach. By caring for patients and performing research, they can translate clinical observations to the laboratory or population and make discoveries that will impact the prevention, treatment, diagnosis and prognosis of human disease.
The primary goal of the Clinician Scientist Program (CSP) is to increase the number of clinician scientists at UAMS who are independently funded and actively engaged in a research career. The CSP establishes a career development program for clinician scientists as they transition from mentored to independent scientists.
Program Funding: Funding for the program is provided by the UAMS Integrated Clinical Enterprise with funds designated to the College of Medicine. Since this funding is generated by clinical revenue from UAMS under the leadership of CEO, Dr. Roxane Townsend, only faculty who contribute to the clinical revenue of UAMS are eligible to apply.
Clinician Scientist Category: Clinician scientists who have advanced research training but who have not yet received an R01 or equivalent award. Each clinician scientist will receive funding for a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 4 years. Salary compensation will be at a level commensurate to other faculty in the same department who are at a similar rank as the candidates.
Selection of Candidates for Program: Candidates selected for the proposed program are expected to have an MD/DO and be board certified in their clinical specialty. Serious commitment to a career in medical research may be demonstrated by a record of scientific presentations and publications, and/or completion of post-doctoral research training programs. Applications will be accepted from individuals who are nominated by their Department Chairs at the time of initial recruitment or who are existing UAMS faculty.
Protected Research Time: Recipients are required to devote 50 to 75% of their time and effort to conducting research for a period of 3-4 years. The chairman of a recipient’s department must commit to this amount of protected time for selected faculty. Strict oversight of protected time is required and will be evaluated by the College of Medicine.
Program Components: The proposed program will include access to educational programs and services, such as individualized mentoring plans tailored to the needs of individual enrollees, participation in group activities with other clinician scientists, interprofessional research training groups, study design, statistical support, access to mock study sections available through the Translational Research Institute through the CTSA, and other programs on the UAMS campus. A primary endpoint of the proposed program is to obtain independent extramural funding comparable to NIH R01-level funding. The progress of candidates will be evaluated at least annually by the Dean of the College of Medicine and a panel of successful senior clinician and basic scientists.
Individualized Mentoring: Applicants are expected to identify a mentoring team of three UAMS faculty members at either the Associate or Full Professor level that have relevant expertise in clinical science, been funded at the R01 level, and an active research laboratory.
Timeline: Applications are due March 1 of every year. The program begins annually July 1.
Download the Clinician Scientist Program Application.
For more information, please contact Laura Rakes at (501) 526-5834 or ALrakes@uams.edu.