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Excellence Everywhere - National University of Ireland, Galway

Excellence Everywhere - National University of Ireland, Galway

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T h e T r i p l e L o a d o f t h e P h y s i c i a n - S c i e n t i s t :L a b , C l a s s , a n d C l i n i cPhysician-scientists may have some teaching duties, but the larger challenge for a physician who is runninga research lab is balancing lab and clinical time. An even split between the lab and clinic is increasinglyrare; it can be as much as 80% lab and 20% clinic, but this varies considerably from person toperson and by nature of the work. The following are some tips for working in both the lab and the clinic.In the lab:n If feasible, consider hiring a lab manager, or training a strong worker to assume that role—a welltrained,responsible, seasoned researcher who can help move things along when you cannot commityour time to being in the lab yourself. Such a person may be relatively expensive compared to otherkinds of workers you could hire, but what they can add to your productivity can be well worth themoney. A good lab manager can help keep the lab on track while you are on clinical duties.n Establish a system where you can review the lab members’ notebooks and data even if they are notthere (e.g., if clinical duties keep you from being in the lab until late in the evening).n Explain to your lab members that you will not be around much when you are on clinical duty. Try toschedule times when you can meet with your technicians, students, postdocs, medical residents, andother trainees to keep yourself apprised of their research and educational progress.n Focus your research program on what you are uniquely qualified to do. Avoid overextending yourselfwith work that you could delegate to a worker with less training than you yourself have.In the clinic:n If appropriate, tell patients and clinic staff how you want to be contacted during times when you arenot in the clinic, especially if messages from the clinic rarely reach you when you are involved in yourother duties.n If you have access to support staff (many junior faculty do not), use them effectively. Educate nursesor other staff to do as much of the preparation as possible before your appointments, as well as thefollow-up.n Learn to tell patients when you are running out of time to spend with them or must turn their careover to another clinical worker.n Make colleagues aware of your dual roles, and tell patients about your divided schedule when it isrelevant to them (for example, when research-related activities will call you away from the clinic forseveral days during their course of treatment).Remember, in the lab, in the clinic, and at home—the most important thing you need to learn is to beflexible with your time so that you can serve all of your priorities well.78 excellence everywhere

FAMILY MATTERSMany scientists face great demands from theirextended families and communities. Althoughthese demands matter and these relationshipsare centrally important, to be successful at anyprofession one may need to find ways to containand manage the time involved.The issues can be practical—how can you be intwo places at one time? But they can also be veryemotional. If it has always been a tradition thatyou will go home to family to help prepare for aholiday or a change of seasons or to help with aharvest, deciding to make another use of yourtime, or to come in only for the feast and leavethe work to others, is not easy. It is even harderwhen you consider that your parents, siblings,in-laws, cousins, aunts, uncles, and neighbors willall have an opinion and will likely express it! This isa matter that is very specific to your own life, butit is also universal. There are no perfect solutions.But you can try to separate the practical aspectsof the situation (for example, what work requiresone more set of hands, and can you provide somehelp without providing your own hands?) from theemotional ones such as the perception that youcare more about your career and what it gives youthan about the people who love you, or that youhave gotten “above yourself,” or that you lookdown on those who make your life possible.Home and Work:Can You Have It All?This question applies to many professionals inhigh-pressure careers, including both male andfemale scientists pursuing academic, government,institutional, and industrial career tracks.It helps to start with a supportive partner andfamily. Have clear discussions about career andpersonal goals—yours and those of your family—early on. To avoid the resentments of unspokenand unmet expectations, be as explicit as possibleabout your aspirations with those who are importantto you. Shared goals for work and family makecompromises easier. In some families, your careerwill be a primary driver of your family’s future.For others, both spouses may have professionalIn Sierra Leone and Papua New Guinea,where peer group discussions are the biggestpastime activities, rumors are rife. People donot believe in innocent relationships betweenmen and women and working at night isalways suspicious. Attending meetings/workshopsin hotels with staff members easilycreates stories. To ensure a happy home lifeand avoid confusion regarding after-hours labwork, meetings, and international travel, Itreat my lab staff and their families as one bigextended family. Spouses are encouraged toattend seminars. They are educated about theneed for working late at night and attendingmeetings. Selection criteria for internationalmeetings and other perceived privileges aremade clear to everybody, including familymembers. I have learnt that once your familytrusts your relationship with your workmatesand students, other family issues will be easyto manage.”Moses Bockarie, Papua New Guineaneeds to fulfill. Whatever your situation, it is probablytrue that if your family understands what youare doing, why it matters, and how it will improvethe family’s future, things at home will go betterthan if everyone is kept in the dark about things.In addition to sharing your long-term goals, keepyour family aware of your short-term plans andprojects. Letting them know in advance about animpending grant deadline can buy some understanding.Here are some ways to keep your familyinformed of your schedule, and keep you involvedwith your family:n Post a calendar at home with your travel datesand big deadlines.n Schedule activities with your family and keepthose commitmentsn Turn business travel into a vacation. Have yourpartner or family join you after a scientific meetingand take a few days together to unwind.managing your time79

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