Inspiring the next generation of academic physicians: the academic health careers program

Jennifer K. Brueckner-Collins, Terry D. Stratton, Rosemarie L. Conigliaro

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There is growing evidence in the medical education literature for the aggressive need to recruit and retain the next generation of academic physicians. In 2008, the University of Kentucky College of Medicine (UK COM) developed an academic health careers (AHCs) program for preclinical medical students as an introduction into the practice of academic medicine. The goals of this elective experience included (1) highly customized training and mentorship experiences in research, teaching, and other aspects of academic medicine; (2) information and perspectives to assist students in making informed career choices, including options for academic careers; (3) access to academic career mentors and role models related to individual faculty research interests and teaching responsibilities; and (4) opportunities to network with UK COM administrators. This short communication provides a detailed overview of the AHC experience–along with preliminary findings from a 2016–17 follow-up of program graduates exploring the program’s role in their career aspirations and decisions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1530559
JournalMedical Education Online
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

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© 2018, © 2018 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.


  • Academic medicine
  • academic career
  • mentoring
  • professional development
  • undergraduate medical education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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