Michael Callaham, MD
|School||UCSF School of Medicine|
Varies CA 00000
|Title||Chair, Emergency Medicine|
|University of California, San Francisco|| Clinical Fellowship ||School of Medicine|
|University of California, San Francisco||M.D.||1970|| Medicine|
|National Academy of Science||2008||elected, Institute of Medicine|
For the first part of my career I did various forms of clinical research including pre-hospital controlled trials on topics such as epinephrine doses and mechanical aids in CPR and ACLS. In recent years I have begun to feel that the traditional RCT approach is too narrowly focused and will never keep up, much less catch up, with the vast majority of medical problems whose treatment is not evidence based, or whose evidence is out of date. Because of my editorial and publishing experience, as well as my experiences as an organizer of a number of Peer Review Congresses (Jama and BMJ), my research interests now have turned to trying to better understand the scientific peer review publication process through research into methods of educating peer reviewers, as well as research into bias and its impact on scientific publication. I am still engaged in this area of research because no effective interventions for improving peer review have yet been identified (contrary to the beliefs of many), and the workings (and thus the remediation) of bias due to conflict of interest are unexplored terrain - at least, unexplored by physicians.
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