Earlier first publication is associated with more future publication


Advocate Christ Medical Center


Participation in clinical research has served clinicians to develop academic careers, as well as to deepen clinical insights, implement evidence-based medicine practices, and even inspire new clinical questions. Early engagement in academic pursuits may better prepare clinicians to maintain long-term research productivity, rather than starting later in their careers.We included medical doctors who graduated from a medical university and retrospectively followed them for 10 years after graduation. The impact of at least one publication within the first 5 years on the achievement of ≥ 5 publications within 10 years was evaluated.A total of 79 medical doctors, including 60 (76%) men, were included. During the first 5 years, 21 (27%) published at least one paper. Overall, 25 (32%) achieved the primary outcome. At least one publication during the first 5 years was an independent predictor of the primary outcome (odds ratio 30.4, 95% confidence interval 2.68-251, P = 0.002). Medical doctors with at least one publication within the first 5 years had significantly higher cumulative 10-year publications compared to no publications within the first 5 years (9 [5, 13] versus 0 [0, 3], P < 0.001).In this retrospective study, we demonstrated that an early involvement in research defined by academic output was associated with higher odds of multiple publications later in a career. Prospective studies to validate our findings by involving young medical doctors in academic pursuits are needed to understand the longitudinal effects of early career academic productivity.

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