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Planning an Academic Career. Prof Mark Pritchard Professor of Gastroenterology / honorary Consultant Gastroenterologist Academic lead for ICAT, University of Liverpool 15 th September 2012. What is a clinical academic?. +. =. What is a clinical academic?. +. =.

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Planning an academic career

Planning an Academic Career

Prof Mark Pritchard

Professor of Gastroenterology / honorary Consultant Gastroenterologist

Academic lead for ICAT, University of Liverpool

15th September 2012


What is a clinical academic

What is a clinical academic?

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What is a clinical academic1

What is a clinical academic?

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What is a clinical academic2

What is a clinical academic?

  • Fully trained Consultant (or GP)

  • Any medical specialty

  • Employed by a University Medical School

  • ~50% time clinical work in NHS

  • ~50% research (+ teaching) in University

  • Aims to sit at crossroads between basic scientists and clinicians

  • Translates research findings into clinical practice


What does the research part of being a consultant clinical academic involve

What does the research part of being a consultant clinical academic involve?

  • Supervise (postdocs, PhD and MRes students, academic foundation doctors, clinical research fellows)

  • Write grants and papers

  • Referee others’ papers and grants

  • Meet with collaborators

  • Perform experiments occasionally

  • Attend conferences

  • Deal with bureaucracy – Home office licences, ethics applications etc


Why consider a career in research and academia

Why consider a career in research and academia?


Training pathways

Training pathways

Standard

(Deanery)

Academic

(ICAT

Board)

Medical school

Foundation

Core training

Specialist training

Consultant

~10 years

Medical school

?Intercalate

Academic foundation

Academic clinical fellow

PhD

Clinical lecturer

Senior Lecturer

Professor

~15 years


Intercalation

Intercalation

  • 1st real exposure to medical research

  • Opportunity to learn things in more detail, develop practical and analytical skills

  • Close supervision by academic staff

  • Lots of people ‘catch the bug’ and carry on with research throughout their careers

  • Important on CV for applications for Academic Foundation, ACF and Research Fellowship posts

  • You’ll probably enjoy it!


Bsc vs mres mphil

BSc vs MRes/MPhil

  • BSc

    • largely taught courses, usually include 1 project

  • MRes/MPhil

    • more project work (e.g. 3 x 10 week projects)

    • more similar to work in a PhD and as a clinical academic doctor

    • learn generic research skills rather than detail about 1 scientific discipline


What do the various posts involve

What do the various posts involve?

  • Academic Foundation programme

  • 4 month academic placement in F2

  • Some time to prepare for attachment in F1

  • 15 ‘research’ posts (6 RLBUHT, 6 UHA, 3 Alder Hey)

  • 6 ‘education’ posts (3 RLBUHT,3UHA)

  • Designed to be a ‘taster’ for clinical academia


Planning an academic career

2. Academic Clinical Fellowships

  • 75% clinical training, 25% research training

  • Max 3 years

  • 8-10 per year in Mersey (specialties vary)

  • Prepare application for research training fellowship

  • (Some cases involve Masters degree)


Planning an academic career

3.Clinical research training

MD - part time (minimum 2 years)

PhD - full time (minimum 3 years)

- more stringent requirements

Clinical research training fellowships (MRC, Wellcome):

  • 3 years

  • Cover salary (± on call), PhD registration fees, consumables (approx. £15,000/yr) and travel

  • Up to 2 half days clinical work per week


4 postdoctoral research training

4. Postdoctoral research training

(a) Clinical Lectureships

  • 50% clinical training, 50% research training

  • Max 4 years

  • Post PhD or MD

    (b) Clinician Scientist Fellowships

  • 4 years

  • Cover salary + research assistant’s salary + consumables + travel + equipment

  • Total value approx £0.5M

  • Up to 2 half days clinical work per week


Is being a clinical academic the job for me

Is being a clinical academic the job for me?

  • Are you an academic high flyer?

  • Do you enjoy research?

  • Do you enjoy studying?

  • Are you prepared for longer training and competition?

  • Potential for making major impacts long term


Any questions mark pritchard@liv ac uk jaegerl@liv ac uk

Any [email protected]@liv.ac.uk


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