Using a definition of research as the self-reported primary activity, data from AMA annual surveys show that the overall size of the segment of the physician-scientist workforce with a medical degree has experienced a small but statistically significant decline over the past ten years from 14,521 in 2003 to 13,717 in 2012. In 2012, physician-scientists comprised 1.5 percent of the total physician workforce. Of particular concern is the aging of the workforce and persistent patterns of unequal participation by women and racial/ethnic minorities.
Key findings include:
28 M. Cody (personal communication, April 22, 2014)
29 Other than in a few select graphs, the data presented in this report are for Research Project Grants (RPG) applicants and awardees. Similar analyses for R01 grants may be found in Appendix IV.