Factors influencing scholarly impact: Does urology fellowship training affect research output?

Khushabu Kasabwala, Christopher M. Morton, Peter F. Svider, Thomas A. Nahass, Jean Anderson Eloy, Imani Jackson-Rosario

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Abstract

Purpose Residents seek postresidency fellowship training to increase competency with novel surgical techniques and augment their fund of knowledge. Research productivity is a vital component of advancement in academic urology. Our objectives were to use the h-index (an objective and readily available bibliometric that has been repeatedly shown to correlate with scholarly impact, funding procurement, and academic promotion in urology as well as other specialties) to determine whether any relationship exists between fellowship training and scholarly impact among academic urologists. Additional examination was performed to determine whether any differences in scholarly influence are present among practitioners in the major urologic subspecialties. Materials and Methods Overall, 851 faculty members from 101 academic urology departments were organized by academic rank and fellowship completed. Research productivity was calculated using the h-index, calculated from the Scopus database. Results There was no statistical difference in h-index found between fellowship-trained and nonfellowship-trained academic urologists. The highest h-indices were seen among urologic oncologists (18.1 ± 0.95) and nonfellowship-trained urologists (14.62 ± 0.80). Nearly 70% of department chairs included in this analysis were urologic oncologists or general urologists. Conclusions No difference in h-index existed between fellowship-trained and nonfellowship-trained urologists, although practitioners in the subspecialty cohorts with the highest research productivity (nonfellowship-trained and urologic oncologists) comprised 70% of department chairpersons. This relationship suggests that a strong research profile is highly valued during selection for academic promotion. Differences existed on further comparison by subspecialty. Fellowship training may represent another potential opportunity to introduce structured research experiences for trainees.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)345-352
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Surgical Education
Volume71
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Education

Keywords

  • academic promotion
  • fellowship training
  • research output
  • research productivity
  • scholarly productivity
  • urology

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