Explore this issue:January 2015
With the growing number of new drugs, devices, and treatment strategies, opportunities for practicing physicians to get involved in medical research are increasing rapidly. Otolaryngologists in private practice may be attracted to the idea of serving as principal investigators or investigators in clinical research because they want to be part of something that advances the specialty, to be a co-author of a peer-reviewed manuscript, and to have the opportunity to increase their credibility or market their clinical career.
Such a task shouldn’t be taken lightly, however. While the outcome can be very rewarding for the investigator, patients, and society at large, navigating the red tape, enrolling patients, and conducting the trial itself can be challenging and time intensive. Knowing what to expect up front may help you determine whether becoming a principal investigator is indeed a path you should embark on.| | | Next → | Single Page