Clinical academic pathways in medicine - 2013. Revised 2019

2 Sep 2013

The AMA has updated its position statement on Clinical academic pathways in medicine – 2013. Revised 2019.

Better defined clinical academic pathways are needed to ensure that a clinical academic career is accessible for all doctors across the clinical academic career continuum, from medical school to fellowship and consultancy.

The position statement was first developed in 2013 in response to concerns about a declining clinical academic workforce. Six years on, the need to provide doctors with a pathway to support them to pursue a clinical academic career is as real as ever.

The AMA position statement on Clinical academic pathways in medicine – 2013. Revised 2019 continues to recognise that having a vibrant clinical academic workforce is integral to improving training capacity and proving safe, high quality patient care and improved health outcomes.

It outlines the key principles in support of a clinical academic pathway for medical students, trainees, senior doctors and existing clinical academics. 

Both medical schools and specialist colleges have a clear role to play in providing leadership to establish an articulated clinical academic pathway. However, to progress such programmes, specific and ongoing federal government funding is required.