Hi everyone! I’m Gemma, a member of SIOP YI and a qualitative researcher in paediatric palliative care in the UK. Today I’m writing about something I’ve struggled with in the past: guilt.
Today I am posting on behalf of Jack Brzezinski, who today is writing about integrating clinical and research interests. Take it away Jack!
It can be tough to be a successful scientist at the same time as you carry on a clinical practice. On one end, you have the same responsibilities to your patients as any other clinician. On the other end, you are trying to compete for the same grant money as pure scientists who can focus on their science and don’t have a clinical practice to worry about. However, there are also distinct advantages to being a mixed clinician-scientist and with a little bit of time management you can use the job mix to your advantage.
There are many ways of writing your thesis, depending on the subject matter, the regulations of your institution, and your own writing style (and that of your supervisors). So I’m not going to talk about the fine detail of sentence structure and whether you use active or passive voice.
Over the last three years, the SIOP Young Investigator Network has been constantly growing thanks to the hard work of Young Investigators, the SIOP board and many enthusiastic senior SIOP members who supported us on our way to establish a platform made by and for Young Investigators. I am writing these lines to encourage Young Investigators reading this to become active in our network and to take away the doubts about the work load the active membership brings with it.
So you’re coming to the SIOP Congress this year and you’re excited to hear the lectures, see Washington DC, and maybe get a nice pair of Ivanka Trump shoes. But should you come one day early to attend the YI Educational Day? The short answer is “yes”. For the long answer, see below.