Physicians in China are a particular target market because they typically need to publish research articles to gain promotions, but are so busy at hospitals that they might not have time to do the science, says Chen. Last August, the Beijing municipal health authority published a policy stipulating that an attending physician wanting to be promoted to deputy chief physician must have at least two first-author papers published in professional journals; three first-author papers are required to become a chief physician. These titles affect a physician’s salary and authority, as well as the surgeries they are allowed to perform.That's just FUCKING STUPID. American-style FUCKING STUPID. Applying the stupid tenure system to doctors who simply CAN'T meet the requirements honestly. It's bad enough for teachers and researchers, but it's deadly when permission to perform surgeries depends on publication. Teaching and research and managing and surgery are TOTALLY SEPARATE SKILLS. There's NO REASON IN FUCKING HELL to require one of these skills as a prerequisite for any of the others. If you want to get real work done, you need to let skilled workers perform their OWN BEST SKILLS.
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