The Clinician Scientist in the Field of Translational Research: A Future Profession in Medicine?
In this context, we find that previous studies addresses hurdles and barriers according to training and education of clinician scientists, but until now it is unclear what meaning translational research plays in this context? Translational research is mainly perceived as a driver for the clinician scientist position, but it seems rather unquestioned what kind of negative side effects translational research triggers towards the development of clinician scientists as a future medical profession. This paper addresses this shortcoming via a dualistic perspective by asking two questions simultaneously: How is translational research criticized by various stakeholders in the field of biomedicine, and what role does the clinician scientist play in this context? And b) how do clinician scientists criticize translational research and what role does this critique play for the perception of translational research? In order two answer these two questions the article is based on three sources of empirical data: (1) interviews with clinician scientists, (2) a discourse analysis of research articles and (3) a blog analysis from clinician scientists.