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Research During Fellowship: Ten Commandments

Eduardo Mireles-Cabodevila, MD; James K. Stoller, MD, MS, FCCP
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*From the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine (Dr. Mireles-Cabodevila), University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR; and the Respiratory Institute (Dr. Stoller), Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH.

Correspondence to: Eduardo Mireles-Cabodevila, MD, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, 4301 West Markham St, Mail Slot 555, Little Rock, AR 72205; e-mail: mirelee@uams.edu


Dr. Mireles-Cabodevila has reported to the ACCP that no significant conflicts of interest exist with any companies/organizations whose products or services may be discussed in this article. Dr. Stoller serves as a consultant to Talecris Biotherapeutics and CSL Behring, and serves on the Data Monitoring and Safety Board for Aeris, Inc. He has received support for lectures from Baxter, Grifols, Talecris Biotherapeutics, and CSL Behring.

Reproduction of this article is prohibited without written permission from the American College of Chest Physicians (www.chestjournal.org/site/misc/reprints.xhtml).


© 2009 American College of Chest Physicians


Chest. 2009;135(5):1395-1399. doi:10.1378/chest.08-2324
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Doing research is a critical component of an academic training experience for a fellow for at least four reasons, as follows: (1) the experience allows fellows to assess their interest in research and in its conduct as a core component of the career to follow; (2) the experience of doing research provides fellows with the opportunity for mentorship; (3) the research may jumpstart fellows' academic careers by initiating an area of content expertise, and allowing the beginning of a stream of inquiries and publications in that area1; and (4) the activities of doing research (eg, formulating hypotheses, presenting the research in various forums, writing grants, and submitting abstracts and [hopefully] manuscripts) offer the fellow practice in honing these skills in a mentored setting. Because doing good research is enhanced by experience, it behooves the fellow to harvest as many lessons (both do's and don'ts) from the training as possible. In this context, this article was written in the hope of both crystallizing and sharing lessons from a pulmonary/critical care fellow's research experience. Though eager to avoid the appearance of hubris in formulating these lessons as “Ten Commandments,” we submit that framing this experience as commandments may lend the appropriate air of admonition to allow the reader to approach the experience as carefully as possible.

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