Opportunities for research-active physicians

Medical professionals who combine both patient care and research are in a position to make a key contribution to translating research results into new and improved applications for medical care. While their direct contact with patients enables them to bring clinically relevant aspects of research into sharper focus, they are also well-placed to incorporate new findings and perspectives into their treatment approaches. The two areas are related in terms of content but very different in terms of work routines, and clinician scientists often report that this variation enriches their day-to-day working lives. However, their dual career path involves many challenges which require specific career support structures.

During student days, in the course of specialist training or in leadership positions – the Faculty of Medicine and University Hospital Münster can help physicians access flexible and protected time for research to support the development and application of both clinical and scientific competencies.

Photo gallery: 1st Medical & Clinician Scientist Forum Münster

Lots of personal exchange, motivating discussions and new ideas: Junior researchers from medicine and the natural sciences and their mentors came together at the first joint career forum of the Clinician Scientist Programme, CareerS, and the Medical Scientist Programme, InFlame, of the Faculty of Medicine Münster on 9 and 10 January, 2024. (15 Jan 2024)

Video: A career as a clinician scientist

Impressions of a challenging and fulfilling career path: Nuclear medicine specialist Prof. Michael Schäfers, neurologist Prof. Luisa Klotz, trauma surgeon Prof. Richard Stange and microbiologist Prof. Petra Dersch talk about the specific role clinician scientists play in medical research and the joys of the profession. They also describe what is important if you want to pursue this ambitious path. The video is in German with English subtitles. (02 Sept 2022)