In the second part of our mini-series exploring the concept of value in academic medicine, Dr Ankur Kalra once again engages in a compelling discussion with Dr Nandan Anavekar. Dr Anavekar, a Professor of Medicine at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and consultant for both the Cardiovascular and Radiology Departments at Mayo Clinic, also serves as the Program Director for the Adult Cardiovascular Diseases Fellowship program.
In this stimulating and thought-provoking episode, Dr Kalra and Dr Anavekar delve into the topic of measuring success in medicine. Dr Anavekar puts forward the argument that the ambiguous definition of academic achievement often results in damaging biases that have long-term repercussions on the medical field. As a program director, Dr Anavekar believes that the number of published articles should not be the only or most crucial criterion for evaluating early-career faculty. He argues that it's important to also consider the "distance travelled" by candidates.
Dr Kalra raises pertinent questions about the practical implications of this approach, and Dr Anavekar provides candid insights into his responsibilities. The conversation also sheds light on the "publish or perish" mentality and highlights the need to prioritize patient needs over the ideals of the experts treating them.
Can we move beyond binary thinking when it comes to measuring success in medicine? How does Dr Anavekar tackle research questions? What is the true essence of being "academic"?