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Introduction to a Research Career. Michael Boninger, MD (loosely adapted from Zev Rymer). Outline. Why Choose a Research Career? Types of Research Careers Your Domain Keys to success. Work on bigger problem Make a bigger difference Providing clinical care is not stimulating enough

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Introduction to a research career

Introduction to a Research Career

Michael Boninger, MD

(loosely adapted from Zev Rymer)


Outline
Outline

  • Why Choose a Research Career?

  • Types of Research Careers

  • Your Domain

  • Keys to success


Why choose a research career

Work on bigger problem

Make a bigger difference

Providing clinical care is not stimulating enough

Don’t want to be on call when your 50

Prestige/Honor/Fame

Teaching

Travel

Intellectual Stimulation

Being part of a team

Work Hours

PM&R needs researchers

Why Choose a Research Career?


Is there a downside

You Bet

Perception of Department Peers

Use it or loose it

Clinical Skills

Financial rewards

At first

Can you say REJECTION?

Your work is never done

Uncertainty

Is there a downside?


What does it take to be a researcher
What does it take to be a researcher?

  • Can you take orders?

  • Can you do scut?

  • Can you write?

  • Can you be self critical?

  • Can you (learn to) compete?

    • Granting agencies don’t care that you are a physiatrist – no special rules apply


What does it take to be a researcher1
What does it take to be a researcher?

  • Can you innovate?

  • Can you lead?

    • Being a researcher is being a leader

    • You cannot lead where you have never been

  • Can you articulate a vision?

  • Can you learn to delegate responsibility and establish appropriate reporting/ evaluation systems?


Types of research careers
Types of research careers

  • Clinician – descriptive studies

  • Clinician/Investigator – descriptive-case studies, PI clinical trials

  • Investigator/Clinician – PI clinical trials, RO1 NIH, VA merit review


Careers the first two
Careers – The First Two

  • Clinician – descriptive studies

    • Clinical Academic Physiatrist

      • 5 – 10% Research

  • Clinician/Investigator – descriptive-case studies, PI clinical trials

    • Academic Physiatrist plus

    • Used to be the norm for PM&R research

      • 10 – 30% Research

  • Clinical work as primary

  • Not for the RMSTP


Investigator clinicians
Investigator Clinicians

  • The K12 Model

  • Research Time

    • 75% or more

      • Now and in the future

  • Clinical work primarily to supports research

    • Synergy

      • Teaching

      • Research

      • Support staff


Your domain
Your Domain

  • You need to be a great researcher and you need an area of expertise

  • In what specific area will you be the world’s leading expert?

  • What skill set will you have?

  • What will you add to the team?

    • Clinical knowledge is a given and is important


Broad areas

Health Services

Basic Science

Chemistry

Molecular biology

Physiology

Engineering

Biomechanics

Signal procesing

Neuropsychology

Outcome measurement

Ethics Humanism

Epidemiology

Broad Areas


How do you choose
How do you choose?

  • Interests

    • Clinical

    • Research

  • Background

    • Dusty undergraduate degree

  • Geography

  • Mentorship

  • Laboratory


Mentorship the key
Mentorship – the key

  • How do you choose a mentor?

    Research training is an apprenticeship with one or two people (at most)

  • The Best in Field

  • Milieu

  • Success & Happiness of previous trainees

  • Pay attention to early communications

  • Location


What do granting agencies care about
What do granting agencies care about?

  • NIH is committed to the development of fundamental knowledge about human biology and health

    • promote development of new methods to help health advances emerge

  • Historically, fundamental, or “basic science” studies are often the most appealing to review panels

  • Clinical “investigations” are also attractive

    • Clinical trials are often the most difficult to support


Top ten keys to success a review kind of by rank

Innovation

Writing

Self Critical

Focus

Resilience / Perseverance

Mentorship

Departmental Support

Leadership

Motivation

Interpersonal Skills

Top Ten Keys to Success(A Review) (kind of by rank)


Go forth and conquer we need you

Go Forth and Conquer(we need you)

Thank you


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