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Opportunities to Address Clinical Research Workforce Diversity Needs for 2010
BOX 2-1 Recommendations of the 2003 NIH Director’s Blue Ribbon Panel on the Future of Intramural Clinical Research
Revise the NIH intramural clinical research oversight structure.
Create a single, high-level oversight committee to replace all existing governing bodies that have oversight responsibilities for intramural clinical research.
Create an external advisory committee that reports to the NIH director to periodically and systematically consider the overall quality and vitality of the NIH Intramural Clinical Research Program.
Strengthen the roles of the Office of the Director and institute and center leadership in clinical research.
Develop new training and career pathways in patient-oriented research.
Strengthen career pathways and mentoring in the ICRP for patient-oriented research that culminate in tenure.
Establish a premier, highly visible postdoctoral fellowship program in clinical research, administered by the CRC director, for individuals who have finished clinical residency training.
Create an advanced research training program for extramural faculty members in AHCs who wish to take sabbatical at the CRC as a means of obtaining on-the-job experience in clinical research.
Foster the recruitment and retention of innovative patient-oriented investigators in the ICRP by ensuring that salaries and benefits are competitive with those at AHCs.
Foster an interactive and creative research environment that will attract outstanding postdoctoral fellows. Postdoctoral fellows will want to participate in programs that are conducting disease-oriented research or investigating timely clinical problems that cannot easily be studied in extramural AHCs.