The Pediatric Surgeon–Scientist

Succeeding in Today's Academic Environment

Emily H. Steen, Chad M. Moles, Allan M. Goldstein, Michael J. Morowitz, Ankush Gosain, Kevin P. Mollen, D. Hackam, Sundeep G. Keswani

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Background: Pediatric surgeons have long been advocates of basic science research. However, new challenges facing the scientific community have threatened the success of academic surgeons pursuing basic science careers. The purpose of this study was to compare academic pediatric surgeons’ perceptions of their ability to effectively conduct basic science research to those of other surgical subspecialties. Methods: An online survey was distributed to all members of the Association for Academic Surgery and Society of University Surgeons. A total of 1033 members (41%) responded, and 137 (13.3%) were pediatric surgeons. Comparisons were made between the five most-represented surgical subspecialties. Data are presented as reporting percentage and P values by Student's t-test. Results: Among the specialists studied, pediatric surgeons are those most likely to believe that surgeons can succeed as basic scientists in today's research environment. Pediatric surgery reported the highest rates of National Institutes of Health funding of all surgical specialties and the lowest rates of perceived external pressures related to clinical demands, hospital administrative duties, and work–life balance concerns than their surgical peers. Conclusions: Pediatric surgeons have a more optimistic perspective on the state of basic science research in surgery while exhibiting an enhanced ability to overcome the challenges that surgeon–scientists currently face. Our findings suggest that pediatric surgery may provide a model for succeeding in basic science in today's challenging surgical research environment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)502-508
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Surgical Research
Volume244
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2019

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Surgical Specialties
National Institutes of Health (U.S.)
Surgeons
Students
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Steen, E. H., Moles, C. M., Goldstein, A. M., Morowitz, M. J., Gosain, A., Mollen, K. P., ... Keswani, S. G. (2019). The Pediatric Surgeon–Scientist: Succeeding in Today's Academic Environment. Journal of Surgical Research, 244, 502-508. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jss.2019.06.008

The Pediatric Surgeon–Scientist : Succeeding in Today's Academic Environment. / Steen, Emily H.; Moles, Chad M.; Goldstein, Allan M.; Morowitz, Michael J.; Gosain, Ankush; Mollen, Kevin P.; Hackam, D.; Keswani, Sundeep G.

In: Journal of Surgical Research, Vol. 244, 01.12.2019, p. 502-508.

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Steen, EH, Moles, CM, Goldstein, AM, Morowitz, MJ, Gosain, A, Mollen, KP, Hackam, D & Keswani, SG 2019, 'The Pediatric Surgeon–Scientist: Succeeding in Today's Academic Environment', Journal of Surgical Research, vol. 244, pp. 502-508. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jss.2019.06.008
Steen, Emily H. ; Moles, Chad M. ; Goldstein, Allan M. ; Morowitz, Michael J. ; Gosain, Ankush ; Mollen, Kevin P. ; Hackam, D. ; Keswani, Sundeep G. / The Pediatric Surgeon–Scientist : Succeeding in Today's Academic Environment. In: Journal of Surgical Research. 2019 ; Vol. 244. pp. 502-508.
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