18 Scopus citations
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)387-395
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of the American College of Surgeons
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2015

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Funding Information:
Departments of surgery tend to have success rates that are even lower compared with other clinical departments ( Fig. 3 ). 22-24 In 2004, approximately 18% of NIH grants submitted from departments of surgery were funded. In contrast, 26% of NIH grants submitted from internal medicine departments were funded. In 2013, only 13% of NIH grants submitted from surgery departments were funded, compared with a 19% success rate from departments of internal medicine. 23 As surgical leaders, we must continue to emphasize to the NIH that surgeons must be included as members of study sections and, if we are asked to serve, we should agree to do so. More importantly, as mentors we must be willing to read and critique grants from our junior faculty and fellows. Before submitting my first NIH grant, I proudly gave it to Drs Thompson and Townsend and was quite humbled when it came back to me with more red on the pages than actual type. However, these efforts and critical reviews from mentors are crucial for our junior investigators to be successful in this competitive environment.

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  • Surgery


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