Learn How to Accelerate Your Research Career

Elizabeth A. David, MD

Elizabeth A. David, MD

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. That advice couldn’t be any more salient for the medical research community, according to Elizabeth A. David, MD, from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. 

Dr. David will lead a panel of experts on Sunday who will share their research failures and successes, along with lessons learned. The tips in this session are designed to help researchers at any stage of their careers and in any type of workplace, from the academic world to clinical practice. 

“I can promise you this: In order to have success, you will most likely fail first,” Dr. David said. “By sharing our failures, we might be able to speed others’ successes.”

Navigating the grant process is one key area the session will explore, including advice for leading multi-institutional research studies, securing a “K” and/or “R” grant from the National Institutes of Health, renewals, and insights from study sections. 

“No one receives a grant their first time,” Dr. David said. “Researchers who have successfully obtained grants will share what they did right and what they should have done differently.”

Failures, Successes, and Resilience in Research

7:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Room 225

The session also will cover the importance of quantifying academic productivity toward promotion. It’s important for researchers to market their success and results in order to gain funding, but most don’t know how to characterize their research achievements, Dr. David said.

The session is sponsored by Women in Thoracic Surgery and is designed for anyone pursuing research grants, including residents. In fact, the session will feature a presentation by a resident who successfully secured research funding—which is very difficult to do, said Dr. David, adding that she hopes the experience will inspire medical students and junior residents.

“Research is how we innovate and optimize patient care and outcomes,” Dr. David said. “Research is a part of our lives, both in quality improvement and patient safety, every day.”