Support the research of UNC Physician Scientists facing extraprofessional caregiving demands!
Since 1980, the physician scientist with a MD has teetered on the edge of the “endangered species” list. Academic medicine positions have become increasingly stressful and demanding. The addition of extraprofessional caregiving demands, such as caring for children with special needs or eldercare, to an already demanding research career substantially increases the workload demand, risk for “burnout” stress, and attrition from academic research.
- Over 40% of young physicians with fulltime faculty appointments at academic medical schools leave academics within ten years.
- Physician scientists number just 14,000 in the United States today (a 9% drop since 1980), fewer than half the number experts believe we need.
- There is a disproportionate tendency for women physician scientists to leave research. One reason is that they tend to face greater extraprofessional caregiving demands such as childcare and eldercare.
“The risk that not only our institution faces, but the risk our nation faces at losing some of our brightest and best physician scientists is exceedingly high,” said Program Directors, Drs. Amelia Drake and Susan Girdler.
Our Vision: A Family Friendly Culture of Support for Physician Scientists
To build on our strong foundation and commitment to supporting the careers of physician scientists, we seek to expand the Caregivers at Carolina Program to provide supplemental research, career development and emotional support to a substantially larger number of physician scientists than would otherwise be possible. We need your help!
This revolutionary approach to retaining early career physician scientists in research by focusing on their extraprofessional caregiving demands will accomplish many objectives, including to:
- Increase our understanding of the needs and develop targeted interventions and resources to support these vulnerable physician scientists with caregiving demands
- Foster a culture shift whereby family friendly policies are developed and encouraged and in which faculty feel free to prioritize family caregiving
- Become a model family-friendly career development program for the entire UNC-Chapel Hill campus
Our program has demonstrated that providing early career physician scientists with supplemental research funding and supporting them with career development, mentoring, and other resources has a direct positive impact on their ability to be successful and remain in research. With additional resources we can successfully retain the majority of our physician scientists who have extraprofessional caregiving demands and position UNC among the top medical schools in the Country For Supporting Families.
How Your Donation Can Help
|$500||Supports mentoring and networking opportunities.|
|$1,000||Supports the parent-to-parent peer support program.|
|$1,500||Supports travel and registration for one physician scientist caregiver to attend a scientific conference.|
|$5,000||Supports a day-long professional development workshop at UNC that would benefit all program participants (e.g., grant writing, leadership development, executive coaching).|
|$10,000||Provides 25% of an administrative assistant’s time to work directly with the caregiver physicians to assist them with generation of manuscripts and grant submissions.|
|$20,000||Supports half day per week of a physician scientist’s time, allowing him/her to have dedicated time for their research.|
|$20,000||Provides partial salary support for the Peer-to-Peer Parent Support group facilitator.|
|$40,000||Supports one full day per week of a physician scientist’s time, allowing him/her to have dedicated time for their research.|
|$40,000||Supports one full-time research assistant or laboratory technician to help run the physician scientist’s research while he/she cares for their loved ones.|
|$50,000||Supports one pilot research study. Caregiver physician scientists may apply for competitive grant funds for research studies to generate the necessary data to be successful at extramurally funded grants (such as from the National Institutes of Health).|