How is academic medicine perceived by community practitioners?

i-e7a12c3d2598161273c9ed31d61fe694-ClassicInsolence.jpgDue to a death in the family, I have to go back into the vaults of the old blog for some more reposts. Regular blogging should resume in a day or two. This particular post first appeared on January 11, 2006.

I sort of feel as though I was being picked on over the last couple of days, while I’ve been a bit preoccupied. No, not me personally, but academic physicians in general. Actually, it’s a bit lonely being an academic physician with a laboratory and a practice blogging. I have yet to encounter another one, although there are plenty of doctors who blog, as any brief perusal of my right sidebar will show (except on Internet Explorer, on which the right sidebar frequently shifts left and below the center panel). Unfortunately, I’ve yet to find an academic surgeon blogger. It would be nice to have some company in the blogosphere. In any case, this weekend, Medpundit wrote about the poor rate of compliance among NIH-funded researchers with a request for voluntary submission of journal articles accepted for publication to peer-reviewed journals to PubMed Central to allow public access to them after a reasonable delay of up to 12 months, such that legislation is being proposed to require it as a condition of NIH funding, the penalty for failing to comply being loss of federal funding. Her take on the matter: