Journal of General Internal Medicine

, Volume 13, Issue 2, pp 117–122

Building a research career in general internal medicine

A perspective from young investigators
  • Marshall H. Chin
  • Kenneth E. Covinsky
  • Mary McGrae McDermott
  • Eric J. Thomas

DOI: 10.1046/j.1525-1497.1998.00028.x

Cite this article as:
Chin, M.H., Covinsky, K.E., McDermott, M.M. et al. J GEN INTERN MED (1998) 13: 117. doi:10.1046/j.1525-1497.1998.00028.x


To survive academically in a clinician-investigator track, junior research faculty must develop a focused, independent program of investigation that addresses important questions with creative, valid methodologies. Appreciation for the rules of the game, good mentorship, and effective grant-writing skills are invaluable in making the transition from new faculty to established investigator. Although we strongly believe that young researchers should study the issues they passionately care about, we hope that knowledge of these guidelines will make it easier for them to balance practicality with idealism.

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© Society of General Internal Medicine 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Marshall H. Chin
    • 1
  • Kenneth E. Covinsky
    • 2
  • Mary McGrae McDermott
    • 3
  • Eric J. Thomas
    • 4
  1. 1.Section of General Internal MedicineUniversity of Chicago Medical CenterChicago
  2. 2.Division of General Internal MedicineCase Western Reserve UniversityCleveland
  3. 3.Division of General Internal Medicine and Department of Preventive MedicineNorthwestern University Medical SchoolChicago
  4. 4.the Division of General Medicine and Primary CareBrigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical SchoolBoston

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