Clinician-scientists (aka physician-scientists) are active in two worlds, that one of the wards as well as the one of the research lab. Consequently, they are important catalysts for translational medicine by linking science with the patient and taking discoveries “from the bench to the bedside”.
Specialised clinician-scientist programmes implemented by medical universities and schools provide the conceptual framework. The measures offer protected research time due to partial exemption from clinical duties. Besides the opportunity of raising one’s own research profile, systematic shaping of the career is addressed by accompanying arrangements such as mentoring and an advanced training curriculum (dealing with medical, scientific and general career-promoting key qualifications).
Hearing4all refers to the offers of the universities in Hannover and Oldenburg (see below) and encourages research-interested physicians from the field of otorhinolaryngology and pedaudiology to pursue their careers in this direction.
Clinical Scientist-Programm of Hannover Medical School
A three-year programme for physicians during the second half of their specialist training, offering a period of 4-6 months per year and funding for research activities.
Clinician Scientist Programme of the University of Oldenburg
A three-year programme for physicians from the third year of the specialised medical training. It offers funding for clinical and basic research for 6 months per year.