Sadly, this is not too far from the truth for my basic science colleagues…

It’s times like these that I’m glad I’m a clinician-scientist:

Or maybe not.

The reason is that the same conversation in a clinician-scientist’s review would be asking why he’s only produced X number of RVUs last year and suggesting pointedly that he needs to double his RVU output. Oh, and, by the way, he needs to get grants, publish clinical trials, and teach residents and medical students, too, all while taking more call. And don’t forget that it’s the very rare clinician-scientist who can bring in more money to a department in indirect costs from federal grants than he or she could bring in doing clinical work seeing patients and, in a surgical department, doing operations. Consequently, there is always the pressure to see more patients.

The attitude is the same; only the demands are different.

Fortunately, my cancer center and department have (thus far) been far more reasonable than this. May it ever be so…