The Poetic Sequel: Jobs Where You Can ‘Get Your Research On’ as a Clinician

The Poetic Sequel: Jobs Where You Can ‘Get Your Research On’ as a Clinician

Once your PhD reaches completion, sights set on employment

A place to produce, to collaborate, to earn

Is academia the sole destination for your research enjoyment?

Why no, no indeed, there’s so much you did learn!

 

As a researcher, it’s clear, study design becomes easy

Your sharp mind can envision, can ensure data’s collected

You can arrange data points in a way that is pleasing

To analyze, report, present, publish as expected

 

But there is so much more, like your ability to organize

To lead and train others, solve problems, no sweat!

Your ability to communicate, collaborate and advise

 

You can write, write, write, write!

 

So the jobs you could get:

 

Of course there’s Professor, which gives much flexibility

To break new theoretical ground with the utmost agility!

 

Be a Clinical Researcher and start your own business

See your own clients, run studies, you must be ambitious

 

Or step up and be Head Scientist in a hospital

Daily inspiration surrounds you, knowledge translation is critical

 

 

Prefer to not be the boss? Clinical Associate might suit you

Be the star clinician you are, with a flair for peer review

 

How do you feel about Clinical Research Coordinator?

Stay behind the scenes, mastermind, like a knowledge creator

 

Perhaps Clinical Services Manager is your future role

Clinicians appreciate evidence-based protocol

 

Finally, you may work in Industry with a PhD

Make your skill set work for you in a career externally

 

Wherever you choose to go with your PhD, your vocation

I hope it is worth every darn grant application!

 

Image credit: Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss

 

The Poetic Sequel: Get Working on Networking

The Poetic Sequel: Get Working on Networking

Is it enough to just lower my head into the wind?

Stand, alone, as the breeze streams through hair desperately pinned

Must I lean, strain, block out the din

Of expectations and writing and perfection so as to win

 

Actually…

There are many attempting to break through the din like me

Who also want that sweet, sweet position as a clinical researcher who is free

To explore the questions that come to me

It’s time to get to know my fellow wind-breakers and them, me

 

Let truth be told,

One, I must know who is fighting the fight

I must listen to their stories, their needs, do for them what is right

I cannot push through a wind that is not their plight

Do I seek a truth that need not be told?

 

In fact,

Two, a researcher cannot act alone or she’s trapped

Into a solitary quest when so many are willing to interact

On similar thoughts and ideas, towards a common pact

At a time when teamwork is what earns the contract

 

It is true,

Three, others must know about me, like you

As you read of the journey I am mingling through

On the chance that you know of a post with a better view

Where all of our questions are the very ones I may pursue

After the dissertation is due

 

Those who have trod the ground before me

And broken the wind ahead of me

And look back to see me

Pushing through

 

Students and fellows,

Knowledge-seekers and gurus,

You with experiences lived, you who manage the crew

Share this journey with me, get to know me as I meet you

We must get working, on networking

For the real world to know, be known and break through.

 

 

 

The Poetic Sequel: Lost in (Knowledge) Translation

The Poetic Sequel: Lost in (Knowledge) Translation

The Real KT

 

To translate what is believed to be known

Into another version of the same or similar

Knowledge

 

To swap perspectives

Adopt different viewpoints that may view the information from different points

With a different focus for a different person

Is not the same for one as for another

 

But translating requires

Knowing

What is important to one

Is not the same for one as for another

 

Ask

what do you need?

Listen

this is what may not work

Educate

this is how research works

Collaborate

let’s do this together

Share

here is what we’ve discovered so far

Update

we’re finishing things up now

Review

what could we do better?

 

To translate does not mean

To start at the end

Disseminate what we think we learned

It means to start at the beginning

To translate our understanding of what needs to be known for new knowledge to be useful

 

For knowledge to be used

 

We must translate our knowledge of how to do research

Effectively

 

Image credit: C2E2 – http://c2e2.ca/resources/knowledge-translation

The Poetic Sequel: Writing Realizations of a Newbie

The Poetic Sequel: Writing Realizations of a Newbie

I have been writing for a long time

For many years…

 

I enjoyed writing poetry in junior high school

About crushes, curiosity and friendship

Essays were also not that hard for me, I excelled

 

During my BA in linguistics, I wrote about jobs in my field for a newsletter

I enjoyed it

I collected high marks on critical essays, reaction papers

It all came quite easily to me, I did not struggle

My honours thesis gave me more grief,

But still it did not break me

 

My masters was in speech-language pathology

I wrote journal entries, essays, a thesis

Writing got progressively more challenging

My masters thesis was a ride, but I got through it

 

I have been writing for a long time…

But it was different than writing now

Never did I have a real audience

 

Now, as I work towards publications

I am vulnerable

Every assertion, every word

Will be judged and pondered over

First by my supervisor

Then by reviewers

Finally by the readers

I think of those I look up to, those I admire

They could read my work…

 

I stress over every statement

Do I have the authority to say this?

Who has the authority to say this?

References, references, references…

My words are constantly reworded by others

Will they remain my words?

 

I have been writing for a long time

But not this kind of writing

In this, I am so new, so naive, so fresh

The writing realizations

Of a newbie