CC: Room 154/156
The broad range of career opportunities in hepatology will be on display during this Friday’s Career Development Workshop starting at 2:00 pm in Room 154/156, Moscone North/South.
The Training and Workforce Committee has expanded the session and assembled a distinguished panel of liver professionals ranging from basic scientists to clinical educators to industry professionals and more to help residents, fellows and early stage faculty members explore the various career path options.
“When you are in fellowship training, you only know what you’re exposed to, so we’re hoping to expose our early stage career path participants at The Liver Meeting® to a wider variety of career options in liver disease,” said Michelle Long, MD, who is co-chairing the program with Christopher L. Bowlus, MD, FAASLD.
For example, there will be two presentations on different research tracks: one for basic investigators and one for clinical.
“We decided to do two separate talks for science careers in hepatology, splitting between basic science and clinical investigation tracks because they are very, very different. It just seemed too much to lump them into one talk, and we wanted to have experts in both of those pathways present,” said Dr. Long, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine.
She noted that there will also be a separate clinical educator track presented by Lawrence S. Friedman, MD, FAASLD, and a hepatology careers in industry talk presented by Robert Myers, MD, a topic that hasn’t been covered in recent years.
“I think it is a great option that a lot of people do not have exposure to in the traditional pathways of training,” said Dr. Long. “So we think that this is a really important and great opportunity to present about hepatology careers in industry and also give people a contact of someone that they can reach out to if they have questions or are interested in pursuing a career in industry.”
In addition to the talks about specific career paths, the workshop will also include important information about funding sources, including AASLD Foundation awards, National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding opportunities and non-NIH funding availability.
“A lot of trainees may know about some of these opportunities, but not all of them. And there are a lot of opportunities that you have to just know about in order to apply. And it doesn’t all have to come from NIH or AASLD,” she said, adding that other gastroenterology societies and related fields have funding available to hepatologists.
Dr. Long said attendees will not only gain information and insight from the presenters, but they’ll also gain a list of experts who they can contact after the workshop for more information.
“We only have two hours to cover this ambitious program, so we will encourage participants to be in touch with us throughout The Liver Meeting® or even after the meeting,” she said. “Even if you think you know what path you are going to take, this talk can open your mind and show you different paths that you maybe didn’t consider or didn’t think were possible within hepatology.”