The Singapore Biomedical Sciences (BMS) initiative was launched in June 2000 to develop the Biomedical Sciences cluster as one of the key pillars of Singapore economy. Beginning in the late 2000’s, the initiative evolved with an increasing focus on establishing a critical mass of high quality clinician scientists in the belief that this will facilitate the successful implementation of the research initiatives. In this editorial, I hope to share my thoughts in relation to 2 questions. Firstly, in an environment where we are short of clinicians to deliver essential services in our public hospitals, and a workforce that increasingly seeks work-life balance, why should we encourage clinicians in public hospitals to participate in activities that do not directly contribute to patient care? Secondly, if we do want clinician scientists in our public health institutions, how do we fi nd them and retain them?
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