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.