Academic pursuits in board-certified reproductive endocrinologists
Fertil Steril. Mar.
2020 doi: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2019.10.037
OBJECTIVE: To determine research interests of reproductive endocrinology and infertility (REI) physicians and assess their academic productivity. DESIGN: A questionnaire composed by the Society for REI (SREI) board members was e-mailed to members. PubMed was queried to quantify peer-reviewed publications. SETTING: An internal SREI questionnaire to members and online publication search. PATIENT(S): Not applicable. INTERVENTION(S): Questions involving research being performed, funding, relevance to fellow thesis, and important areas of future research. Publications were ascertained in the past 3 years, past 10 years, and total publications for SREI members. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(S): Question responses and number of peer-reviewed publications. RESULT(S): Most respondents currently conduct research, which was predominantly clinical. One-third have current research funding and two-thirds were ever funded. One-third had a National Institutes of Health grant and about half were principal investigators. Two-thirds had a basic science fellow thesis and 44% of respondents perform research related to their fellowship thesis. Important research areas included infertility outcomes, implantation, preimplantation genetic testing, and genetics. In the past 3 years, SREI members published 3,408 peer-reviewed articles (mean +/- standard deviation [SD], 4.4 +/- 9.0). In the past 10 years, SREI members had 10,162 peer-reviewed publications (mean+/-SD, 13.0 +/- 24.3). When all publications were considered, SREI members published 24,088 peer-reviewed articles (mean+/-SD, 30.9 +/- 53.0). CONCLUSION(S): The REI fellows have learned to construct scientific articles, which will help them to better interpret the literature in the care of patients. The SREI members continue to pursue scientific investigation, commonly related to their fellowship thesis. Respondents support SREI funding research; the success of which should be judged by publications. Overall, SREI members have demonstrated significant academic productivity and published about 1,000 articles/year for the past 10 years, affirming the importance of research training.