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From The CriticsReviewer: Schoen W Kruse, PhD (Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine)
Description: This comprehensive guide describes how to achieve career satisfaction and fulfillment in the field of academic medicine.
Purpose: It aims to assist faculty in attaining professional success while maintaining personal happiness as an academician in the medical field. The book provides a much-needed, comprehensive guide that walks readers through steps that will help them achieve success in academic medicine.
Audience: The author intends this resource to assist early- and middle-career physicians, clinicians, and scientists in understanding the unique mission of academic medicine and building creative, effective, and inspiring careers in academic health organizations. It also could serve as a guide for graduate and medical students who may be interested in a career in academia.
Features: This comprehensive road map to a successful career in academia covers such topics as preparing a curriculum vitae, delivering lectures, establishing assessment criteria, mentoring, writing and evaluating manuscripts, conducting research, procuring funding, and developing administrative skills. Unique to each of the brief chapters are the quick-reference "Words to the Wise" and "Ask Your Mentor or Colleagues" sections, which summarize key concepts that help readers navigate the best practices strategies related to each topic.
Assessment: This handbook offers a comprehensive look at the numerous components of a career in academia, while providing more in-depth and updated information than the very few other books in this area, such as Academic Medicine: A Guide for Clinicians, Taylor (Springer, 2006), and Successful Faculty in Academic Medicine: Essential Skills and How to Acquire Them, Bland (BookSurge, 2008). It will prove to be a useful resource for any individual who wishes to go into academic medicine and achieve both professional and personal success.