An international survey on taking up a career in cardiovascular research: Opportunities and biases toward would-be physician-scientists

Giuseppe Biondi-Zoccai, Enrico Cerrato, Mariangela Peruzzi, Fabrizio D'Ascenzo, Elena De Falco, Isotta Chimenti, Sebastiano Sciarretta, Antonino G M Marullo, Elena Cavarretta, Ernesto Greco, Umberto Benedetto, Giulio Pompilio, Javier Escaned, Antonio Abbate, Alain Carpentier, Juan Carlos Chachques, Giacomo Frati

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Abstract

Background Cardiovascular research is the main shaper of clinical evidence underpinning decision making, with its cyclic progression of junior researchers to mature faculty members. Despite efforts at improving cardiovascular research training, several unmet needs persist. We aimed to appraise current perceptions on cardiovascular research training with an international survey. Methods and Results We administered a 20-closed-question survey to mentors and mentees belonging to different international institutions. A total of 247 (12%) surveys were available (out of 2,000 invitations). Overall, mentees and mentors were reasonably satisfied with the educational and research resources. Significant differences were found analyzing results according to gender, geographic area, training and full-time researcher status. Specifically, women proved significantly less satisfied than men, disclosed access to fewer resources and less support from mentors (all P

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0131900
JournalPLoS One
Volume10
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 17 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Medicine(all)

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