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    Equating Research to … Dating?

    Attendees also heard insights from keynote speaker Dr. Spaide, who compared writing research papers with dating.

    As he joked with attendees, “Why would you want to write a paper? It takes work, you get no money, and there’s a significant chance of rejection,” he said. “But why try to date? It takes work, you get no money, and there’s a significant chance of rejection.”

    Like dating and getting married, numerous naysayers will tell fellows not to bother with research, but that is analogous to “undergoing a sort of mental atrophy,” he said. “Conducting research and publishing, it lets you sharpen your mind, learn a lot of new information, and make a contribution to medicine.”

    In his experience, there are two big determinants to becoming a good researcher: a mental picture of yourself after fellowship, and drive.

    “Your mental picture of your future will determine your expectations,” he said. “Those expectations will determine your actions, and those actions determine your world and what you become.”

    Drive entails having the energy and passion to see the research through.

    Dr. Spaide reminded the presenters they are among the brightest of their generation.


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