Two weeks ago, I was flying from San Francisco to Newark to do an in-house training with a drug company sales force. I was comfortably settled into my seat in first class (all those frequent flyer miles = upgrades), about to start eating the [not-too-bad] chicken dinner, when the call came out...
"How in the world did I end up here?" Those were the words I muttered to myself as I lay prone under the bed in my containerized housing unit (CHU). I was desperately trying to recall exactly how to fasten the body armor that seemed like overkill just a few short days ago, but now seemed...
I have worked in medical affairs in the pharmaceutical industry for over 10 years now and I often get asked at a dinner or cocktail party, “Just what is it you do?” That question was a lot easier to answer when I was a practicing obstetrician. Everyone understands delivering babies a...
A few months ago I participated in the Webinar given by Randall Ribaudo here at Bio Careers. It was jam packed with information and ideas which I found very interesting. One of my fellow participants was one of the career development coordinators also from my research institute and was s...
Postdoc positions within the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, like many other jobs, have taken a hit with the latest budget news. The option to extend USDA postdocs past their two-year appointments is no longer available—at least for now. So, as I draw near the end of my second year, I have ...
So how do you know that? You don't have to be a rocket scientist to answer that question. I mean – if you just think about the people you are talking or sitting with at the moment, or those you are working with right now, it's not so hard to decide if you are in “good company.” After all, you ...
The NIH Career symposium was held this month on the Bethesda NIH campus. The 4th annual career symposium has covered all the possible career areas for fellows including Faculty careers, careers in science education, careers in science policy, research in industry, career options for clinicians, cons...
“Are you sure you’re ok with going from helping injured soldiers walk again to helping people look better?” I’m willing to bet that very few people have heard this as an interview question. But it was a valid (albeit surprising) question in my case. The vice president inter...
One of my grad school profs was fond of saying “it seemed like a good idea at the time” when asked why he’d done something. It’s all about finding an idea that really is a good idea. That should mean something to anyone whose grant was just funded, and it means even more when the grant is re...