By Christopher Bowlus, MD, and Michael Leise, MD
Members, Training and Workforce Committee
The Career Development Workshop at The Liver Meeting® is a valuable resource for medical students, residents and fellows interested in a career in hepatology. Careers in hepatology have become increasingly popular with a multitude of career paths to select. Understanding the different career paths will allow trainees to better match their skills and goals with the different career paths available. This year’s Career Development Workshop is aimed to provide the budding hepatologist with a complete overview of the different career paths and real-life experiences they can expect. Additionally, GI and hepatology fellows and residents interested in a career in hepatology will benefit from hearing about a number of practical topics to help enable a transition from the ranks of trainee to the first career position.
While the main focus of residency and fellowship is training in clinical medicine, the focus and mentorship on navigating to the position with the ‘best fit’ is variable. The Career Development workshop intends to provide a roadmap used by hepatologists to succeed in finding and excelling in the right type of position, including clinician-researcher, basic science-clinician, and private practice-hybrid tracks.
Presentations this year will be given by successful hepatologists representing all the various career tracks and are focused on providing knowledge to help you succeed in whichever track you decide to pursue. William Sanchez, MD, will provide an overview of the different career tracks in academic hepatology; Archita Desai, MD, will discuss important factors leading to a success as a clinical researcher-clinician; Harmeet Malhi, MBBS, is presenting on the basic/translational science hepatology track; Mark Russo, MD, will discuss clinical practice opportunities in private/hybrid practices; Oren Fix, MD, FAASLD, will present on hepatology fellowship tracks. Meena Bansal, MD, Chair of the AASLD Research Awards Committee, will review the available research funding mechanisms through AASLD and provide tips on a successful application. The workshop will conclude with an interactive panel discussion on interviewing and contract negotiations.