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Crafting a Career

Developing Professional Expertise: Plan, Publish, and Present

Presented: Sunday, September 13, 3:00 – 4:00 pm (ET)

Business of Medicine/Practice Management Track


Rachel A. Georgopoulos, MD

Developing professional expertise might seem intimidating, but it’s not as elusive as one might think. Rachel A. Georgopoulos, MD, moderator of this session, shared everything from how to develop a career niche to how to craft a research portfolio. Dr. Georgopoulos took the time to answer some career-minded questions in advance of their Sunday presentation with the help of panelists, Stacey L. Ishman, MD, MPH, Samantha Anne, MD, Bevan Yueh, MD, MPH, and Mark K. Wax, MD.

Q: How should one choose a career niche?

A: Be authentic and identify something that you are passionate about—something that’s not work but that you love doing and spending time on. Most people need the support of their department or community, so choose a niche that is not only relevant to you but is needed.  Mostly, it should be something that you are willing to devote the time and energy to. Identify mentors in the field. Get involved in research and presentations in your niche area and be sure to complete what you say you will.

Q: Why is presenting nationally important?

A: It helps advance your academic career. Presenting establishes recognition and respect in the field of interest. Presenting nationally allows you to meet and develop relationships with leaders in our field. This in turn allows you to become involved in societies, journals, and other educational processes. Presenting at a national meeting introduces you to your peer group, which is an invaluable social and educational network.

Q: As the moderator for this panel, what are your tips for successfully moderating panels?

A: Strive to establish a respectful discussion of controversies and differing opinions. Organize the discussion and presentation of ideas from the panelists. Elicit a comprehensive and thorough portrayal of the topic at hand.

Q: Can you provide some tips for developing a research portfolio?

A: When attending the national meetings, see what others are doing. This can often provide ideas. Get help; involve medical students and residents. Figure out ways to be efficient with your time. Collaboration is a wonderful technique.


If you missed this live event, it will be available in the on-demand library of education content within 48 hours following the presentation.