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A matched cohort examination of publication rates among clinical subspecialty fellows enrolled in a translational science training program

  • Shawna L. Ehlers (a1), Katherine E. Cornelius (a2), Alexandra J. Greenberg-Worisek (a2), David O. Warner (a3), Karen M. Weavers (a2), Kelly R. Thomson (a2), Marissa J. Hansen (a2), Joseph J. Larson (a4), Felicity T. Enders (a4) and Prasad G. Iyer (a5)...

Abstract

Purpose

This study examined the effectiveness of a formal postdoctoral education program designed to teach skills in clinical and translational science, using scholar publication rates as a measure of research productivity.

Method

Participants included 70 clinical fellows who were admitted to a master’s or certificate training program in clinical and translational science from 1999 to 2015 and 70 matched control peers. The primary outcomes were the number of publications 5 years post-fellowship matriculation and time to publishing 15 peer-reviewed manuscripts post-matriculation.

Results

Clinical and translational science program graduates published significantly more peer-reviewed manuscripts at 5 years post-matriculation (median 8 vs 5, p=0.041) and had a faster time to publication of 15 peer-reviewed manuscripts (matched hazard ratio = 2.91, p=0.002). Additionally, program graduates’ publications yielded a significantly higher average H-index (11 vs. 7, p=0.013).

Conclusion

These findings support the effectiveness of formal training programs in clinical and translational science by increasing academic productivity.

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This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives licence (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-ncnd/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is unaltered and is properly cited. The written permission of Cambridge University Press must be obtained for commercial re-use or in order to create a derivative work.

Corresponding author

*Address for correspondence: S. L. Ehlers, PhD, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905, USA. E-mail: ehlers.shawna@mayo.edu

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