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Executive Summary
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... asked the Committee on National Needs for Biomedical and Behavioral Scientists to assess the need for National Research Service Award training grants and fellowships and the need for new research personnel in the biomedical, behavioral, and clinical sciences. Specifically, the committee was charged with: · estimating the current and future supply of scientists; · estimating the future demand for scientists; · utilizing estimates of the future demand for scientists and information about the current balance between supply and demand to develop recommendations for the appropriate size of the NRSA program and the overall production of research personnel; and · developing recommendations for improving the NRSA program.
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... production in the clinical science fields not be increased but that efforts to train and retain physicians be intensified until the decline in the numbers has been reversed and the clinical research workforce includes substantially more M.D.s than is now the case. As discussed in Chapters 2 and 3, the committee concluded that while the number of Ph.D.s produced annually in the biomedical and behavioral sciences should not increase, enormous opportunities exist for ADDRESSING THE NATION'S CHANGING NEEDS more broadly trained investigators.
From page 3...
... EXECUTIVE SUMMARY counts for the training of a much smaller share of the nation's biomedical, clinical, and behavioral science workforce than when the program began, the NIH, the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research, and the Health Resources and Services Administration continue to have a great influence on the quality and quan3 tity of health research personnel trained in the U.S. The committee believes that the steps summarized above, and described in more detail in Chapters 2 through 5, will help these agencies to broaden their training activities and thereby address more comprehensively the health problems of today and tomorrow.

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