Some thoughts for young surgeons
November 13, 2015
I feel compelled to write about e-mail. At a recent surgical meeting I concluded a two-hour breakfast meeting with a more junior colleague with the words, “You need to start answering your e-mails!” It started me thinking about the topic, and I want to give you some thoughts about e-mail. For academic physicians, e-mail (more…)
November 3, 2015
Certain times of year are abstract-deadline-time. A resident or fellow does a super job of analyzing data and drafting an abstract. With fear and trembling, that person sends it out to the group. If the group is doing its job, “track changes” and comments proliferate. It’s easy to come of out this feeling (more…)
October 18, 2015
One of our trainees recently asked me for advice finding that first job. She had been combing the Internet for job postings in her area of expertise, and was finding very little that interested her. She had definite preferences as to geographic region, and that additional constraint was, of course, further limiting her options. (more…)
February 2, 2015
In the course of my academic career, I made three moves. The first move was from New York University, where I did my residency, to Marshall University in Huntington WV, where I was appointed Assistant Professor. That one almost doesn’t count, because many people leave their residency site for their first job. The (more…)
January 18, 2015
Meeting and exchanging ideas with surgeons from other institutions – networking – is one of the major pleasures of academic medicine. Young surgeons sometimes find it hard to know how to get started. Committee activity (see previous post from 11/4/2014) is one sure-fire way. Another important activity is discussing papers at national meetings.
At most meetings, a (more…)
January 11, 2015
A recent discussion on one of the American College of Surgeons “communities” brought this topic to mind. I, myself, am in my last year of phased retirement and will be fully retired from clinical practice in less than a year. I thought I would pass some thoughts along to you.
IF YOU ARE A (more…)
December 15, 2014
It is never too early to start preparing for promotion. As you settle into your first job, make sure that you clearly understand the requirements for promotion.
Requirements differ from institution to institution, and between tracks in a single institution. Just as medical specialties differ, the job description for a junior faculty member and (more…)
November 30, 2014
Factors to consider when you evaluate job offers right out of residency or fellowship include:
1. Clinical duties – how do these correspond to your areas of interest?
2. Academic opportunities – will you have protected time for research? What teaching duties will you have? How does the position meet your academic expectations?
4. Opportunities for your spouse (more…)
November 17, 2014
If you are struggling to begin or complete a writing project, consider joining a writing group. Writing groups are small groups of individuals who share their writing and encourage each other. They may be geographically based (and have real, physical meetings) or virtual (and meet only through the Internet). Groups exist at most academic (more…)
November 9, 2014
As you advance in academic surgery, you will inevitably attend meetings of surgical organizations (such as the Fall Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons, or a regional association such as the Central Surgical). Young surgeons sometimes wonder which organizations to join, how to become a member, and how to achieve visibility within (more…)