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Some thoughts for young surgeons

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  Read More 
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Job Hunting - That First 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.  Read More 
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Changing Jobs

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  Read More 
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That First Promotion

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  Read More 
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National Visibility Through Committee Activity

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  Read More 
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