DONALD E. GIRARD, M.D.
To the editor: The article by Friedman and Pozen (1) and the editorial comment by Karpf and Levey (2) raise concerns about the viability of the academic general internist. All agree that these individuals have succeeded as teachers and practitioners, filling an important void in the modern-day health sciences center. The authors point out, however, that the generalists' lack of productivity as traditional scholars has left them ineligible for academic advancement, the prerequisite for academic longevity. Unfortunately, the solutions discussed can be distilled into only two: replacement or retraining. We offer a third, which has proved successful for our section
GIRARD DE. Scholarship in General Internal Medicine. Ann Intern Med. ;103:955–956. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-103-6-955
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1985;103(6_Part_1):955-956.
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