Relationship Between Citation-Based Scholarly Activity of United States Radiation Oncology Residents and Subsequent Choice of Academic Versus Private-Practice Career

Shearwood McClelland, Timur Mitin, Lynn D. Wilson, Charles Thomas, Jerry Jaboin

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Abstract

Purpose: To assess h-index data and their association with radiation oncology resident choice of academic versus private-practice career, using a recent resident graduating class. Methods and Materials: A list of 2016 radiation oncology resident graduates (163 residents from 76 Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education–certified programs) and their postresidency career choice (academic vs private practice) was compiled. The Scopus bibliometric citation database was then searched to collect h-index data for each resident. Demographics included in analyses were gender and PhD degree status. Results: Mean h-index score for all resident graduates was 4.15. Residents with a PhD had significantly higher h-index scores (6.75 vs 3.42; P <.01), whereas there was no statistically significant difference in h-index scores between male and female residents (4.38 vs 3.36; P =.06). With regard to career choice, residents choosing academic careers had higher h-index scores than those choosing private practice (5.41 vs 2.96; P <.01). There was no significant difference in mean h-index scores between male and female residents regardless of private-practice (3.15 vs 2.19; P =.25) or academic (5.80 vs 4.30; P =.13) career choice. Conclusions: The average radiation oncology resident graduate published a minimum of 4 manuscripts cited at least 4 times. Graduates with a PhD are significantly more likely to have higher h-index scores, as are residents who choose academic over private-practice careers. There is no significant difference in h-index score between male and female residents, regardless of career choice. These results offer up-to-date benchmarks for evaluating radiation oncology resident productivity and have potential utility in predicting postresidency career choices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)46-48
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics
Volume101
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiation
  • Oncology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cancer Research

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