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Physician-Scientist Workforce (PSW) Report 2014

Persistence Quality by Degree and Gender

In Figure 3.27 below, the upper panels show the percentages of First-Time RPG applicants whose initial application in that fiscal year was not funded, but who re-applied for NIH RPGs in subsequent years. This analysis shows that a high percentage of the physician-scientist workforce persists in applying for NIH RPGs despite an unsuccessful first attempt.

The lower panels show the percentages of first time awardees by fiscal year who re-applied for NIH RPGs in subsequent years. Receipt of an NIH award slightly increased the persistence of the physician-scientists, as a higher percentage of awardees reapplied in later years compared to unsuccessful applicants

Interestingly, MD/PhDs were generally more persistent than MDs (75.9 percent of male MD/PhD applicants in 2012 persisted compared to 67.1 percent of male MD applicants). There did not appear to be significant differences in persistence by gender.

Figure 3.27. Male First-Time NIH Research Project Grant Applicants, PhD, MD, and MD/PhD Degree (FY1999-2008) and Figure 3.28. Female First-time NIH Research Project Grant Applicants, PhD, MD, and MD/PhD Degree (FY1999-2008)