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Advancing Nuclear Medicine through Innovation
the restriction of training grants to U.S. citizens and permanent residents as required by the Public Health Service Act7 is an impediment to recruitment of new talent into the field.
RECOMMENDATION 1: Train nuclear medicine scientists. To address theshortage of nuclear medicine scientists, engineers, and research physicians,the NIH and the DOE, in conjunction with specialty societies, should consider convening expert panels to identify the most critical national needs fortraining and determine how best to develop appropriate curricula to trainthe next generation of scientists and provide for their support.
RECOMMENDATION 2: Provide additional, innovative training grants.To address the needs documented in this report, specialized instruction ofchemists from overseas could be accomplished in some innovative fashion(particularly in DOE-supported programs) by linking training to research.This might take the form of subsidies for course development and deliveryas well as tuition subventions. By directly linking training to specific research efforts, such subventions would differ from conventional NIH/DOEtraining grants.