An old dog barks backward. OGDEN NASH 1902-1971: CHOOSING RESEARCH AS AN ACADEMIC CAREER IN MEDICINE
Do not fear RESEARCH. This term encompasses an enormous range of investigative studies that are usually characterized as ‘clinical’ or ‘basic’ research. The opportunity to ask valid scientific questions and to undertake any of these investigations, in a variety of combinations, can be enormously rewarding. That is not to say that research does not have its ups and downs, particularly with regard to being able to generate consistent output and being able to obtain stable long-term funding for your research program. Dedication and hard work will be the key to your ultimate success. Dealing with rejection (eg, your latest scientific paper, your research grant application) is not easy, but persistence, despite adversity, and appropriate mentorship will be essential.
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