Research career profiles
A career in research offers great intellectual challenge and excitement, and can be immensely satisfying. Trainees should not be put off by the competitive nature of research, uncertainty about how to combine training in both research and clinical aspects of their speciality, or the perceived difficulty of such a career choice. College Fellows can offer advice in all these areas and provide role models for a successful academic career. We have asked academic pathologists about their careers and how they would they would inspire and encourage future academic leaders in pathology.
My first real exposure to academic research was a success; I enjoyed it greatly and was awarded the Royal College of Pathologists Gold Research Medal.
Throughout my entire career I have taught the next generations of pathologists. I try always to convey the importance of ‘research-mindedness’ to all trainees, whether they have academic aspirations or not.
A career in academic pathology is both exciting and rewarding and provides the opportunity to make a lasting impact on the diagnosis and treatment of disease.
Why consider academia? It is hard work but it allows one to be the master - or mistress - of one’s own career. The excitement of being the first person to see the experimental results of your own thoughts, to work in a team of energetic young people with great careers ahead of them, delivering your first talks at international conferences and seeing your results in print influencing scientific and medical thinking and practice.