Tricks of the Trade from a Cynic

Curtis L. Meinert

in An Insider’s Guide to Clinical Trials

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780199742967
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199897278 | DOI:
Tricks of the Trade from a Cynic

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Survival in academia is a case of “publish or perish” (sometimes, “publish and perish”). Promotion up the academic ladder, in large measure, depends on publication. The more papers the better, preferably with the candidate as the sole author or, if not sole, then as the first author and with papers in “good” journals. Most academic institutions have clocks running. Faculty have to progress from assistant, to associate, to full professorship within specified periods of time or it is “curtains.” A related important element in promotion is for the candidate to show prowess in bringing research dollars to the candidat's institution through “PIship”—that is, funding awards given to the candidate as the principal investigator (PI). This chapter describes a hypothetical situation involving two investigators (A and B), where B is promoted over A even when A's study may be of more public health relevance than that of B. It presents suggestions on how Investigator A could succeed in trials.

Keywords: clinical trials; investigators; faculty; publish; PIship; promotion

Chapter.  1602 words. 

Subjects: Medical Statistics and Methodology

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