Archive for the 'Paediatric' Category

08 Aug

Navigating the stages of an academic career for paediatricians (part 10)

3: Branching morphogenesis Although this is a term borrowed from the developmental biology of the lung and kidney, for example, we use it here to describe activities that take the faculty member on a trajectory very different from their original one, branching out while at the same time needing to develop new skills (morphogenesis). At […]

05 Aug

Navigating the stages of an academic career for paediatricians (part 7)

STAGE 4: THE RELUCTANT RETIREE As academic careers wind down, more senior faculty members shed or reach the end of their tenure in leadership roles, their places being taken by junior colleagues reaching their own maturation. When the transition of power is smooth, the program or unit can undergo a healthy cycle of review and […]

04 Aug

Navigating the stages of an academic career for paediatricians (part 6)

We have observed that those who fail to meet the metrics of success required to advance in their careers, as well as many of those whose career trajectory is slower than they or their department head would have liked, inevitably ‘blame’ lack of sufficient protected time and/or lack of mentorship for their predicament. Conversely, the […]

03 Aug

Navigating the stages of an academic career for paediatricians (part 5)

STAGE 2: ‘GUNG HO’ ‘Gung ho’ is a slang expression meaning wholeheartedly enthusiastic and loyal, arising originally from a fighting context. Here, we use it to describe the faculty member who emerges not only unscathed, but emboldened by success during the first years on faculty. An alternative label might also be the ‘Yes stage’, as […]

02 Aug

Navigating the stages of an academic career for paediatricians (part 4)

This is obviously a time of high anxiety for the novice faculty member: Will I make the grade? Am I good enough? When will ‘they’ discover how little I really know? These are all parts of the impostor syndrome, a ‘syndrome’ that commonly affects new academics. Despite external evidence of their competence, those with the […]

01 Aug

Navigating the stages of an academic career for paediatricians (part 3)

Here, we identify four main stages of the typical academic career, influenced by a lecture by the late Colin Bayliss, Professor of Surgery at the University of Toronto (Ontario), attended by one of us (DD) more than 20 years ago. These include the ‘Nervous Novice’ stage, the ‘Gung Ho’ stage, the ‘Self-Respect’ stage and the […]

30 Jul

Navigating the stages of an academic career for paediatricians (part 2)

For simplicity, the PCC has defined the following career activity profiles for academic paediatricians: 1. Clinician investigators for those with more than 50% of their time protected for research; 2. Clinician educators for those with a major commitment to the education mandate of the department; 3. Clinician specialists/academic clinicians for those whose major commitment is […]

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