DFG funds the extension of the Digital Clinician Scientist program with 1.3 million euros
The Digital Clinician Scientist Program (DCSP) was jointly initiated by the German Research Foundation (DFG), the BIH, and the faculty of Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin in early 2019. The DCSP is an extension of the successful BIH Charité Clinician Scientist Program, which has set standards in the medical research landscape throughout Germany. The structured career path enables researching physicians to build the foundation for a successful career as a clinician scientist by providing protected time for research activities and non-clinical training during their residency. The DCSP is intended for clinically active physicians who are already actively shaping the digital transformation process of healthcare with their innovative research projects during their residency training. The main applicant of the continuation application is Prof. Dr. Igor M. Sauer, Director of the BIH Charité Digital Clinician Scientist Program, Deputy Clinic Director of the Department of Surgery, and Head of the Experimental Surgery at Charité. Since the start of the program in 2019, 24 physicians have benefited from funding, thus a broad spectrum of digital topics is already being addressed in various clinics at the Charité. The DFG originally funded the program for three years with more than three million euros. With the approved extension, the funding program now has a further 1.3 million euros available over a period of two years. We congratulate Prof. Dr. Igor M. Sauer on this success!