GEORGE K. JOHNSON, M.D.
To the editor: A recent article by Friedman and Pozen (1) has reported on a survey of the chairmen of departments of medicine about the status of their general internal medicine divisions. I am disappointed in the shortsighted views of the chairmen that the academic viability of general internal medicine divisions and their faculty is dependent on research productivity.
The terms academic productivity, academic viability, and research capability are used interchangeably in the article. In the methods section, it was stated that the chairmen were asked questions in four areas: two were "factors affecting the academic productivity of
JOHNSON GK. Research in Divisions of General Internal Medicine. Ann Intern Med. ;104:279–280. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-104-2-279_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1986;104(2):279-280.
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