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Doi : 10.1016/j.therap.2019.11.009
Received : 15 November 2019 ;  accepted : 19 November 2019
How to attract doctors to careers in the fields of pharmaceutical medicine and medical devices?

Dominique Deplanque a, b, , Ségolène de Retz c, Éric Bellissant d

participants of Giens XXXV Round Table Regulatory and organizational

Philippe Barthélemy e, Driss Berdaï f, Nathalie Billon g, Alain Cariou h, Lauren Demerville i, Olivier Demarcq j, Nadine Karam k, Marie Lang l, Bénédicte Lebrun-Vignes m, Joelle Micallef n, Mathieu Molimard f, Hélène Peyro Saint Paul o, Christine Trillou p
e AstraZeneca R&D France, 92400 Courbevoie, France 
f Service de pharmacologie médicale, pôle de santé Publique, CHU de Bordeaux, 33076 Bordeaux, France 
g Bicêtre hospital, 94270 Le-Kremlin-Bicêtre, France 
h Faculté de médecine, université Paris Descartes, 75006 Paris, France 
i DRCI, AP–HP, 75010 Paris, France 
j PFIZER, 75668 Paris cedex 14, France 
k BMS, 92500 Rueil-Malmaison, France 
l CNCR, 75014 Paris, France 
m Service de pharmacologie Pitié Salpêtrière, centres régionaux de pharmacovigilance de Paris Pitié et de Saint-Antoine, 75013 Paris, France 
n Service de pharmacologie clinique, CHU de Marseille, 13385 Marseille, France 
o Lallianse Entrepreneurs, CHU de Pitié Salpétrière, 75013 Paris, France 
p F-CRIN, pavillon Leriche, CHU de Toulouse, 31059 Toulouse cedex 9, France 

a Univ. Lille, Inserm, CHU Lille, CIC 1403 - Centre d’investigation clinique, 59000 Lille, France 
b Département de pharmacologie médicale, 1, place de Verdun, 59045 Lille cedex, France 
c LEEM, 75017 Paris, France 
d Laboratoire de pharmacologie clinique et expérimentale, Université de Rennes, 35000 Rennes, France 

Corresponding author.

It has become a major challenge not only to retain but also to attract medical professionals to a career in the healthcare products field whether in the public or private sector. There is no denying that France has a shortage of doctors qualified to work in these fields and that public or private organisations alike are experiencing great difficulty in filling vacancies. Unlike elsewhere in Europe, and with the exception of complex pathways imposed on university hospital professors, French training courses do not really provide doctors with specialised training in healthcare products. Many and varied careers nevertheless do exist. However, these careers are not sufficiently visible to future doctors or to the general public. A more dedicated specialist curriculum is called for to meet the many needs of public institutions and private companies. Any such curriculum should be underpinned by solid initial clinical training as an indispensable foundation regardless of future career path. To improve visibility, specialty training in Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics must be set up with the support and assistance of the various national bodies. Against a backdrop of activities with a largely globalised reach, the availability in France of healthcare product specialists is key to maintaining national control of activities that exert a significant impact on the economy and on public health.

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Keywords : Healthcare products, Pharmacology, Therapeutics, Training, Medical careers, Industry

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