The physician–scientist workforce is at a critical juncture1. Although the demand for physician–scientists continues to grow, the pipeline that produces them is under substantial strain. This crisis is multifaceted, but one aspect that warrants particular attention is the unique challenges facing MD–PhD trainees who are also parents2,3. These trainees pursue rigorous academic training while raising a family, a balancing act that can often seem untenable4. The challenges are further compounded by the extended duration of MD–PhD programs, which can span over a decade, and the financial burdens of raising a family on a trainee’s stipend.

Jansen, C.S., Sugiura, A., Stalbow, L. et al. Physician–scientist trainees with parenting responsibilities need financial and childcare support. Nat Med (2023).

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