What types of research are physician scientists conducting?

Clinical research is the most common type of research among both non-academic and academically affiliated physicians, according to a survey conducted by the Association of American Medical Colleges.

The survey pulled from data collected in 2022 from a national sample of 5,917 physicians in the United States, both within and outside of academic medicine.

Here are the most common types of research:

Type of research

Percentage of MD/DO scientists

Percentage of MD/DO-PhD scientists


80 percent

90 percent

Basic science

4 percent

25 percent


9 percent

39 percent

Health services/systems

20 percent

8 percent


9 percent

5 percent


22 percent

18 percent


3 percent

0 percent

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