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ACD Biomedical Workforce Working Group Data

Origin of the Figures



PhD Data:

The main sources of the original data, from which the graphs are made, come from three NSF surveys:

1) Survey of Graduate Students and Postdocs (GSS)

2) Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED)

3) Survey of Doctorate Recipients (SDR)

Most of the graphs were made by Thomson Reuters/Discovery Logic (DL), under contract as part of the ACD Biomedical Workforce Task Force study. Some of the graphs were made by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) and the National Research Council (NRC), both of which use slightly different definitions of basic biomedical scientists from DL.

Additional information about specific fields included in the biomedical workforce by source:

1) DL: For field definitions of Basic Biomedical, Clinical, Behavioral & Social Sciences, Other Life Sciences, and Chemistry used in slides, click: orange titles

2) FASEB uses a broader definition of biomedical scientists, including medical, dental, nursing, and pharmacy. See FASEB GSS and FASEB SED

3) NRC data

MD and MD/PhD Data:

Two major sources of data for this population provided by the Association of American Medical Colleges and the American Medical Association:

1) AAMC Data Book - Medical Schools and Teaching Hospitals by the Numbers - April 2011

2) Physician Characteristics and Distribution in the US - 2012 Edition