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Do Whatever You Can to Get Protected Time

Posted on February 8, 2013

Douglas Kondo (bio) discusses the challenge of making time for research and writing.

 

You have to do whatever you can to have protected time to pursue your research, to read papers, and most importantly to write. They used to talk about the triple threat medical school faculty person that was a great clinician and researcher and teacher, and that's becoming very difficult to do. And because research funding is so difficult to obtain and in such short supply these days, the notion of launching your research career on nights and weekends because you are an interested, hard-working, ambitious person; that's very difficult to do.

I'm sure there are some people who can do it, but to get as much time or to make it a goal to have protected time to pursue that, it's close to a necessity.

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Excerpted from interview with researcher at the 2012 Career Development Institute for Psychiatry in Pittsburgh, PA.

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