Methods for building a staff workforce of quantitative scientists in academic health care

Sarah Peskoe, Emily Slade, Lacey Rende, Mary Boulos, Manisha Desai, Mihir Gandhi, Jonathan A.L. Gelfond, Shokoufeh Khalatbari, Phillip J. Schulte, Denise C. Snyder, Sandra L. Taylor, Jesse D. Troy, Roger Vaughan, Gina Maria Pomann

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Collaborative quantitative scientists, including biostatisticians, epidemiologists, bioinformaticists, and data-related professionals, play vital roles in research, from study design to data analysis and dissemination. It is imperative that academic health care centers (AHCs) establish an environment that provides opportunities for the quantitative scientists who are hired as staff to develop and advance their careers. With the rapid growth of clinical and translational research, AHCs are charged with establishing organizational methods, training tools, best practices, and guidelines to accelerate and support hiring, training, and retaining this staff workforce. This paper describes three essential elements for building and maintaining a successful unit of collaborative staff quantitative scientists in academic health care centers: (1) organizational infrastructure and management, (2) recruitment, and (3) career development and retention. Specific strategies are provided as examples of how AHCs can excel in these areas.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere683
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2024

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  • academic health care centers
  • collaborative biostatistics
  • data science
  • quantitative staff

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty


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