One thing that many have observed in recent years is that old ideal of the "triple threat", the physician-scientist who is simultaneously teacher, clinician, and researcher, is fast disappearing. More and more clinical departments are dominated today by clinicians, with physician-scientists forced to choose clinic or lab but not both. Much of this change is likely the simple reality of clinical dollars, with less available to support physician-scientists who might only see patients a few days a month (and thus bring in less revenue).
To our guests and the audience, how do you see the "physician" in physician-scientist today? Is being a true triple threat still possible? If it is not, how does acquiring the training of a physician help you as you work to change and advance healthcare?