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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 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
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
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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)
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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
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