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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:

By Orac

Orac is the nom de blog of a humble surgeon/scientist who has an ego just big enough to delude himself that someone, somewhere might actually give a rodent's posterior about his copious verbal meanderings, but just barely small enough to admit to himself that few probably will. That surgeon is otherwise known as David Gorski.

That this particular surgeon has chosen his nom de blog based on a rather cranky and arrogant computer shaped like a clear box of blinking lights that he originally encountered when he became a fan of a 35 year old British SF television show whose special effects were renowned for their BBC/Doctor Who-style low budget look, but whose stories nonetheless resulted in some of the best, most innovative science fiction ever televised, should tell you nearly all that you need to know about Orac. (That, and the length of the preceding sentence.)

DISCLAIMER:: The various written meanderings here are the opinions of Orac and Orac alone, written on his own time. They should never be construed as representing the opinions of any other person or entity, especially Orac's cancer center, department of surgery, medical school, or university. Also note that Orac is nonpartisan; he is more than willing to criticize the statements of anyone, regardless of of political leanings, if that anyone advocates pseudoscience or quackery. Finally, medical commentary is not to be construed in any way as medical advice.

To contact Orac: [email protected]