Career Research Productivity Correlates With Medical School Ranking Among Cardiothoracic Surgeons. The Journal of surgical research Bajaj, S. S., Wang, H., Williams, K. M., Pickering, J. M., Heiler, J. C., Manjunatha, K., Sanchez, M., O'Donnell, C. T., Boyd, J. H. 2021; 264: 99–106


BACKGROUND: The foundation for a successful academic surgical career begins in medical school. We examined whether attending a top-ranked medical school is correlated with enhanced research productivity and faster career advancement among academic cardiothoracic (CT) surgeons.MATERIALS AND METHODS: Research profiles and professional histories were obtained from publicly available sources for all CT surgery faculty at accredited US CT surgery teaching hospitals in 2018 (n=992). We focused on surgeons who completed medical school in the United States during or after 1990, the first-year US News & World Report released its annual medical school research rankings (n=451). Subanalyses focused on surgeons who completed a research fellowship (n=299) and those who did not (n=152).RESULTS: A total of 124 surgeons (27.5%) attended a US News & World Report top 10 medical school, whereas 327 (72.5%) did not. Surgeons who studied at a top 10 medical school published more articles per year as an attending surgeon (3.2 versus 1.9; P<0.0001), leading to more total publications (51.5 versus 27.0; P<0.0001) and a higher H-index (16.0 versus 11.0; P<0.0001) over a similar career duration (11.0 versus 10.0y; P=0.1294). These differences in career-long research productivity were statistically significant regardless of whether the surgeons completed a research fellowship or not. The surgeons in both groups, however, required a similar number of years to reach associate professor rank (P=0.6993) and full professor rank (P=0.7811) after starting their first attending job.CONCLUSIONS: Attending a top-ranked medical school is associated with enhanced future research productivity but not with faster career advancement in academic CT surgery.

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