5 Factors Influencing Spine Fellows Turn Towards Academia

Carrie Pallardy -  
Daniel K. Park, MD, John M. Rhee, MD, and Kirk Easley, MD recently conducted a retrospective review to determine the factors that increase the chances of spine surgeons choosing a job in the academic field after completing a fellowship program, according to the study published in Spine. The study of two hundred three spine fellowship candidates between 2005 and 2010 found that factors include:
•    Graduation from a top-20 medical school
•    Indication of a desire to enter the academic field
•    Five or more national presentations
•    Research Fellowship completion
•    Letters of reference stating likelihood of pursuing academics on hiring the applicant

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