Relative income of clinical faculty members vs. science faculty members in university settings-a short survey of France, Hong Kong, India, Japan, South Korea, The Netherlands, Taiwan, UK, and USA

Yì-Xiáng J. Wáng, Romaric Loffroy, Richa Arora, Kenji Suzuki, Chang-Hee Lee, Hsiao-Wen Chung, Edwin H.G. Oei, Gavin P. Winston, Chin K. Ng

Abstract

The debate is going on in China with the topic of ‘How clinicians should engage in research’ (1,2). Since research may not apparently generate direct income for the employer hospital, then how the time spent on research should be paid remains another concern. A related question is how scientific researchers and clinicians are paid differently. This question is relevant for the medical graduates who may choose to pursue a full time research career. Scientific researchers and clinicians have different working styles, and how they are paid varies from one country to another country. We conducted a short survey, one contributor each from France, Hong Kong, India, Japan, South Korea, The Netherlands, Taiwan, UK, and USA were invited respectively, and eight questions were asked, i.e.