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…)

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…)

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…)

National Visibility Through Committee Activity

November 3, 2014

Tags: surgery, academics, committees, surgical associations

A young surgeon recently asked me how she could gain more visibility at the national level. Participating in committees for national organizations is a great way to do this.

Committees do most of the work of any organization. Larger and more complex organizations tend to have many more committees than small ones. There is (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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