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Advances in Health Sciences Education

, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp 91–110 | Cite as

Viewing Clinical Research Career Development Through the Lens of Social Cognitive Career Theory

  • Lori L. Bakken
  • Angela Byars-Winston
  • Min-fen Wang
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Abstract

Issues such as, over commitment, insufficient time, and lack of funding, threaten physicians’ entry and sustainability in a research career pathway. Social cognitive career theory is presented as a conceptual framework to critically examine the limitations of the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) efforts to promote the career development of physician–scientists. Special attention is given to the unique challenges of promoting this career pathway for women and underrepresented minorities. The authors propose enhanced recommendations for the career development of physician–scientists and research questions for future studies and program development aimed at advancing the nation’s efforts to promote clinical research.

Keywords

career development physician–scientist research training self-efficacy social cognition Social Cognitive Career Theory 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lori L. Bakken
    • 1
  • Angela Byars-Winston
    • 2
  • Min-fen Wang
    • 3
  1. 1.Departments of Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis and Counseling Psychology, School of Education, and Department of MedicineMedical School, University of Wisconsin MadisonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Counseling Psychology, School of EducationUniversity of WisconsinMadisonUSA
  3. 3.Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis, School of EducationUniversity of WisconsinMadisonUSA

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