Dr. Goldstein also said that obtaining a grant now requires applying much more frequently, because rejection is commonplace. “Surgeons don’t seem to apply for as many grants as non-surgeons, which is problematic given the frequency of rejection,” he said. “Some surgeons give up or are discouraged by low funding rates.”
He also believes that many surgeons lack the necessary mentorship to help them secure funding. “Surgeons can fall back on clinical work, so when getting funding is tough, it is easier to give up and simply be a surgeon,” Dr. Goldstein said.
Different Skill Sets
Clinical research requires substantial and specialized training from both practice and compliance standpoints. “A lack of training and focus on the skill sets needed to carry out significant and scientifically valid research could deter surgeons from pursuing this avenue,” said Kurt Amsler, PhD, associate dean of research and professor in the department of biomedical sciences at the NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine in Old Westbury, N.Y.