“You are the solution,” said Dr. Sharon Milgram, director of the Office of Intramural Training and Education. “…When we don’t treat people right, we make a tiny rip in what makes [our work] amazing.”
Dr. Milgram’s words during the opening remarks of the 11th Annual NIH Career Symposium resonated with me. She stated that we hear about the importance of publishing and networking in a scientific career but then argued that taking care of those around you (and yourself) is an equally important, underappreciated part of training.
In honor of our eight-year anniversary of The NICHD Connection, let’s make an effort to heed Dr. Milgram’s advice. Are you taking care of your professional, physical, and mental well being? Do your actions help, or hinder, those around you? Are you moving toward or away from your personal life goals? These are all questions we can ask ourselves on a regular basis. And if you don’t like the answers, you have a wealth of resources at your fingertips—like the NICHD Office of Education, for example.
In April, the NICHD Office of Education and retreat planning committee hosted an outstanding Fourteenth Annual Fellows Retreat. Keeping with tradition, several NICHD fellows graciously volunteered to cover the event for the newsletter. I want to offer a big thank you to all of the fellows who made the retreat recap possible. And now I want to express an even bigger thank you to all of the fellows who have contributed to eight years (EIGHT YEARS, can you believe it?) of keeping NICHD fellows connected through this newsletter. The NICHD family never ceases to amaze me.
Your Editor in Chief,
Shana R. Spindler, PhD
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