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18 | SUMMER 2014 me to do the things I do and I'm so grateful for the opportunities I've been given here at the clinic where I work. It's very fulfilling to take care of patients, cut cancer out and also have so many resources to do research. Was there anything about doing research that surprised you once you started? Probably the ongoing learning curve. You're never really done learning as a physician, but that holds true even more as a research physician. I'm still taking classes on how to do better research. The more you learn, the more you realize there is always something to learn. There's always something to improve upon, something to do better. How did you end up studying patients with melanoma or lymphoma who have had an organ transplant? When I was fresh out of fellowship, I applied for a grant to the dermatology foundation with the help of a really key mentor in my life. I think that a lot of paths people take are significantly influenced by their mentors, and I happened to have one who was very bright and knew of some of the hot developing areas in the field of cutaneous oncology. One was skin cancer in the setting of lymphoma. So I applied for this grant and got it, which helped fund some of my time in research for the next three years. I've always had an interest in melanoma. That spurred me to think of melanoma in people with immunosuppression and later to start looking at epidemiologic projects pertaining to melanoma. Any advice on how a physician should get into research? I would say if you love it, then just do it. There are setbacks, pain and heartache that you go through, especially if you write grants. Each time you write one, it's a ton of effort to try to put it all together. However, even if you're not successful, you learn from it and the next time you have more knowledge and experience. Be OK with setbacks. Go after it if you love it. We need people answering questions and making medicine better from a research standpoint. How would a physician go about applying for a grant? There are a number of websites out there. If you work at an academic center, there are most likely a lot of internal grants available. The National Institutes of Health is a popular choice. There are also societies pertaining to different specialties in medicine that have money available for grant applications. It takes a little effort, but there's a lot out there a physician can find. ● —By Marcia Travelstead Career Move | Adding research to your responsibilities Continued from page 16 Win $500 from PracticeLink! Complete and return the card on page 10 to hear directly from employers—and enter to win our $500 American Express gift card giveaway! Or register online at Win. WIN Come join our leadership teams. Roberta Todrzak at 888.328.7807 or by email at Western Maryland Health System Cumberland, Maryland – Program Medical Director X New seven-story 585,000 square-foot space with 275 beds X Awarded the Silver Performance Achievement Award by the American College of Cardiology South Georgia Medical Center Valdosta, Georgia – Program Medical Director X Serves a 15-county area in S. Central Georgia and N. Florida X 335-bed, not-for-profit general and acute care facility and 2 off-site campuses Regional Medical Center at Memphis (The MED) Memphis, Tennessee – Academic Program Medical Director X One of the largest teaching sites for the Univ. of TN Health Science Center X Memphis is the 2nd largest metropolitan area in Tennessee Indiana University Hospital Bloomington, Indiana – Program Medical Director X 264-bed nationally ranked hospital X Part of Indiana's most comprehensive healthcare system Jewish Hospital Louisville, Kentucky – Program Medical Director X 462-bed tertiary referral center X Federally designated to perform all five solid organ transplants Genesis Medical Center Davenport, Iowa – System Medical Director Offering Sign-On and Retention Bonuses X 502-bed medical center XThe first in the Quad Cities, and just the fourth in Iowa to achieve and retain nursing's highest honor–Magnet designation 2 4 3 - S u m 1 4 . i n d d 1 8 243-Sum14.indd 18 6 / 1 2 / 1 4 1 : 2 9 P M 6/12/14 1:29 PM

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