Mentoring the Physician Scientist: Creating the Team to Promote Productivity and Well-Being*

Date/Time: Tuesday, September 12, 2023 - 7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Track: Program Director Track
Room: Franklin Hall 13 (4th Floor)
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Chair: Elisabeth B. Marsh, MD, FAHA, FANA, FAAN

Co-Chair: Raymond  S. Price, MD, FANA

This workshop will focus on supporting and mentoring our young physician-scientists. Mentoring is now a true team effort, with a team that is often composed of people in and outside of the Department to meet all of the trainee’s needs. Creating and maintaining these teams can be challenging, and we will discuss strategies to create successful mentoring partnerships, monitor progress, and ensure integration within the residency program to prevent a sense of isolation. We will discuss training not only the “traditional academic” who is focused on research, but also how to create robust training environments for those interested in pursuing an academic career with a focus on: clinical work, quality assurance, medical education, and global health that will help trainees to be successful as junior faculty and thrive in an academic environment.

Learning Objectives:

  • Following this session, the learner will better understand the concept of creating mentoring teams individualized to the needs of the trainee as well as strategies to successfully involve faculty within the department.
  • Following the session, the learner will better understand pathways for success in an academic setting outside of a traditional research role as well as strategies to expose trainees to these alternative pathways and help them to obtain the necessary skills during trainees to become successful junior faculty.

Creating the Super Department

Speaker: S. Thomas Carmichael, MD, FANA

Scientific collaboration develops research directions, enhances and extends research approaches and methods, and leads to greater abilities to answer scientific and clinical questions in biomedical research. Collaboration also enhances the training of physician-scientists in the research enterprise. The traditional mentorship models within academic departments confine the career growth of the trainee to the available expertise in that department. This session will discuss creating research and mentorship teams for physician-scientists, which span departments and might be formalized in training grants and programs.

Pulled in Multiple Directions

Speaker: Michael Kornberg, MD, PhD

We will discuss practical issues surrounding balancing training demands for residents on a physician-scientist track. Among the topics to be explored are challenges and strategies associated with balancing clinical training with research opportunities and how to maintain a connection to clinical medicine during research electives.

Alternative Academic Paths: Master Clinician, QI, Global Health

Speaker: Raymond S. Price, MD, FANA

With the continuous expansion of academic medical centers, there is increasing diversity of academic career paths for faculty. In addition to traditional bench, translational, and clinic research career paths, there are opportunities for careers in global neurology, quality improvement, medical education, and primarily clinical. We will discuss strategies for training programs to support career development in these academic paths.

What is an Academic Medical Educator?

Speaker: Andres Fernandez, MD, MSEd, ACNS

This session will discuss the wide-ranging areas involved in academic medical education, including clinical education, education administration and leadership, and medical education research.