Carol Scott-Conner

Some thoughts for young surgeons

E-mail

November 13, 2015

Tags: academic surgery, university, medical school, surgery, academic medicine, e-mail

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…)

The Fine Art of Abstract Preparation

November 3, 2015

Tags: medical writing, medicine, abstract, writing

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…)

Job Hunting - That First Job

October 18, 2015

Tags: medicine, surgery, job-hunting, how to get a job

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…)

Changing Jobs

February 2, 2015

Tags: academic surgery, jobs, moving, university, medical school, surgery

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…)

Discussing Papers at National Meetings

January 18, 2015

Tags: academic surgery, surgical organizations, discussing papers, asking questions

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…)

Preparing for Retirement

January 11, 2015

Tags: retirement, academic surgery, surgeon, teaching, mentoring

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…)

That First Promotion

December 15, 2014

Tags: promotion, academics, academic medicine, medicine, surgery

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…)

That First Job

November 30, 2014

Tags: academic surgery, jobs, university, college of medicine

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?
3. Salary
4. Opportunities for your spouse (more…)

How to Use Writing Groups

November 17, 2014

Tags: writing groups, academic writing, creative writing

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…)

Surgical Organizations - A brief guide

November 9, 2014

Tags: Academic surgery, surgical organizations, American College of Surgeons

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…)

Selected Works

Medical Writing
A book to help clinicians turn their experience into stories or memoirs.
This is a brief guide for aspiring writers.
A compact but extensive text that stresses the multidisciplinary management of breast cancer and benign breast diseases.
A combination of surgical atlas and anatomic reference that covers the most common general, thoracic, and vascular surgical cases.
Authoritative, multiauthored text containing technical details of laparoscopic and endoscopic surgical procedures.
Compact paperback containing template operative dictations and details on surgical procedures.
Short Stories
These are short pieces of fiction set in the academic world.
Short stories
This is a collection of short stories set in the world of academic surgery
Medical writing

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