ERIC Number: ED100216
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Postdoctoral Training in the Biomedical Sciences. An Evaluation of NIGMS [National Institute of General Medical Sciences] Postdoctoral Traineeship and Fellowship Programs.
National Academy of Sciences - National Research Council, Washington, DC. Commission on Human Resources.
This document describes in detail a study of postdoctoral training in biomedical sciences. Highlights of the study indicate: (1) During the 1958-70 period, 8,685 postdoctorals, equally divided between MD's and PD's, were supported by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), at a total cost of $86.5 million. (2) Directors of the nation's leading biomedical research laboratories, the postdoctorals now in training there, and former NIGMS postdoctorals, presented strong testimony to the effect that training at this level is essential to the continued improvement of medical science and the delivery of advanced techniques for the diagnosis, care, and treatment of disease. (3) The study indicates that the objectives of the postdoctoral research training have been met by those supported by the following data: (a) Both post-M.D.'s and post-Ph.D.'s are found on followup to be employed by the nation's medical schools in numbers far beyond those of M.D.'s and Ph.D.'s without training, and having advanced faster up the academic ladder than have comparable groups without postdoctoral training. (b) Post-M.D.'s and post-Ph.D.'s are much more frequently employed by the more research-oriented medical schools than by those less research-oriented and in much greater proportions than are Ph.D.'s and M.D.'s without postdoctoral training. Additional findings are included. (MJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of General Medical Sciences (NIH), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: National Academy of Sciences - National Research Council, Washington, DC. Commission on Human Resources.