Academic career path Workshop - Saturday 13 NOV, 12 - 1:50PM

12:00 to 12:10PM
Welcome remarks & Introductions.
12:10 to 12:35PM
‘Career Path of a University Professor in a Life Sciences Department: Challenges and Rewards’

Dr. John H. White
Professor & Chair
Department of Physiology
McGill University

The requirements to get hired, getting tenure, the art of balancing teaching with research including grant writing, publishing, handling rejections from granting agencies and editors, etc. - from hiring until retirement.


12:35 to 1:00PM
‘Career Path of an Academic Clinician-Scientist: Challenges and Rewards"

Robert Gniadecki, MD, PhD, DMSci, FCDA
Professor, University of Alberta
Director, Division of Dermatology
Section Chief, Dermatology, AHS Edmonton Zone

The clinician-scientist, once a popular career trajectory in dermatology, is threatened by extinction. Dermatology training programs increasingly focus on the practical aspects of medicine. Many would consider research as an esoteric activity, detached from real-world medicine and thus not worth serious investment of time and effort. However, the research, with all its current limitations, remains the main source of invigorating energy without which the dermatology will wither and decline.

We will discuss how incorporating research in the career can benefit the physician, by advancing career possibilities, as an antidote to fragility, as a remedy to the cognitive filter bubble, and as a meaningful activity providing purpose in the professional life.


1:00 to 1:25PM
‘Academic Career Path from the Perspective of an Early Career Investigator’

Holly Sparks, DVM, PhD
Diplomat, American College of Veterinary Surgeons - Large Animal
Assistant Professor, University of Calgary
Department of Veterinary Clinical & Diagnostic Sciences
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
McCaig Institute for Bone & Joint Health

The path to an academic research career can be remarkably diverse. In this talk, I will discuss the training experiences that lead to my success in obtaining a position as a veterinary clinician scientist in regenerative medicine.  I will discuss the skills and accomplishments that I think helped to make me more marketable, the many challenges along the way, and the realities of starting a new research laboratory as a New Investigator.


1:25 to 1:50PM Panel Discussions and Q&A.
1:50 Closing remarks