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Clinician scientists face difficult future

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 11 April 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1168
  1. Pankaj Sharma, BHF clinician scientist
  1. Clinical Pharmacology Unit, University of Cambridge, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge CB2 2QQ

    EDITOR—Bitter criticism has been levelled at the Calman changes,1 but nothing has been said of the 100 or so people in Britain who hold clinician scientist fellowships.2 Only four funding bodies award these fellowships: the Medical Research Council, Wellcome Trust, British Heart Foundation, and Cancer Research Campaign. Together they provide around £30 million of support for these individuals. The success rate for applicants in these competitive fellowships is consistently only 25%. These awards, universally regarded as successful and cost effective, …

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