A career in research involves a lot of preparation. We prepare proposals, experiments, manuscripts, powerpoints, and posters for meetings, just to name a few of the daily tasks of a scientist. But what about long-term preparation? What can we do to prepare for those next steps in our scientific careers?
In the “Interesting Opportunity” column on the front page of this issue, Carla Lopez steps the reader through a unique shadowing experience in the weekly Genetics Clinic. In her description, Carla touches on a notable point: these opportunities help young trainees prepare to navigate the complexities of patient-doctor interactions.
Across the Atlantic Ocean, former NICHD fellow Dr. Emily King discusses how a fellowship abroad prepared her to network with research teams around the world while expanding her research focus. She now plans to apply for tenure-track positions back in the United States with her newfound skill set.
Dr. Yvette Pittman rounds out this issue with a detailed recap of Scott Morgan’s workshop on interview preparation. A few simple guidelines will help prospective applicants make a good impression on target employers.
As proof that all of your preparations—both short and long-term—pay off, check out the healthy list of NICHD fellow accomplishments in our “Year in Review.” And as always, don’t forget to note the December announcements and events!
Until next year!
Your Editor in Chief,
Shana R. Spindler
Questions, comments, announcements? Please contact us at Shana.Spindler@gmail.com.