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Transition to Academic Practice: Partnering for a Successful Research Career

On Saturday April 13, 2013 the University of Washington Graduate Medical Education hosted its 1st Annual UW Medicine GME Research Day entitled: Transition to Academic Practice: Partnering for a Successful Research Career. The half-day session that took place in South Lake Union had two goals: 1) to celebrate the tremendous resident/fellow research at the University and 2) to allow trainees to identify projects that might lead to cross-specialty collaboration. The event was the first of its kind offering awards to the top three presenters as well as a Dean’s Award recognizing outstanding collaborative research. Over 90 people were in attendance including several chairs and program directors that came in support of their residents /fellows to take part in the day’s activities.

GME Research Day Director, Dr. Samuel Browd with one of the top presenters

The call for abstracts was met with overwhelming response; over 170 submissions were received from Residents and Fellows from a multitude of disciplines. The Scientific Review Committee was charged with narrowing down the submissions to a top 10 roster of individuals who were invited to give oral presentations and were considered finalists in the running for the top three awards. In addition, to allow each entrant an opportunity to display their work and be eligible for the Dean’s Award, several platforms were incorporated for each submission to be displayed in electronic or poster format.

Dr. Byron Joyner, Associate Dean GME, presenting “Dean’s Award” recipient

The conference, expertly organized by Samuel Browd, assistant professor of neurological surgery, was designed to give residents and fellows an opportunity to showcase their research, network with colleagues and learn more about the path to a successful research career while practicing medicine.

Display of GME Research Day Sponsors

The keynote speaker, Bonnie Ramsey, professor of pediatrics and director of the Center for Clinical and Translational Research at Seattle Children’s Research Institute, opened the day with an exciting and insightful review of her own successful journey in research at UW. She emphasized points where young researchers might have challenges and reminded trainees not to lose sight of their goals. An interactive panel of research experts offered practical advice about challenges in balancing a clinical practice with a career in academic research.

Panel Members:

John T. Slattery MD; Vice Dean of Research and Graduate Education, School of Medicine; Professor, Pharmacology and Medicine, University of Washington

Richard G. Ellenbogen MD; Professor and Chair of Neurological Surgery; Theodore S. Roberts Endowed Chair of Pediatric Neurological Surgery, University of Washington

Bonnie Ramsey MD; Professor of Pediatrics; Pulmonary Director, Center for Clinical and Translational Research Director; Cystic Fibrosis Therapeutics Development Network Coordinating Center, University of Washington

Thomas J. Montine MD, PhD
; Alvord Professor and Chair; Director of Neuropathology; Alvord Endowed Chair in Neuropathology, University of Washington

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