Third Annual Fellows Retreat to Capitalize on Medicine’s Recruiting Successes

Teaser image for Third Annual Fellows Retreat at University of Arizona Department of MedicineThe Third Annual Department of Medicine Fellows Retreat—with more than 75 fellows and faculty expected to attend—will take place from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 12, at the University of Arizona Cancer Center’s Kiewit Auditorium in the Leon F. Levy Building, 1515 N. Campbell Ave.

This by-invitation-only event will highlight opportunities in clinical and basic research at the UA Health Sciences colleges in addition to offering general and specific advice on career paths in academic medicine and newly established biostatistical support for fellows. 

See the PHOTOS! 

Roundtable with Dr. Prabir Roy-Chaudhury  Dr. Monica Kraft  Dr. Irving Kron's presentation  Dr. Tara Carr  Roundtable with Dr. Jil Tardiff  Dr. Dean Billheimer

A photo album from this event now is posted to the DOM Facebook

Dr. Larry Mandarino  Dr. Anita Koshy  Dr. Prabir Roy-Chaudhury's presentation  Dr. Dean Billheimer's presentation  Roundtable with Dr. Larry Mandarino  Dr. Dean Billheimer discusses statistics
* Posted Sept. 14, 2018

Research as Educational Cornerstone

According to Jil C. Tardiff, MD, PhD, DOM Associate Chair for Research, Professor of Medicine, Cellular and Molecular Medicine, and Biomedical Engineering, this is a required event for all fellows across the department’s 18 fellowship programs.

“Over the past several years the DOM has made a concerted effort to recruit more academically oriented fellows across all divisions. These efforts have been supported by a year-long series of fellow-focused academic activities where the annual retreat is a central component,” added Dr. Tardiff, who also is the Steven M. Gootter Endowed Chair for the Prevention of Sudden Cardiac Death and a member of the UA Sarver Heart Center.

Dr. Tardiff also commented that an important component of this year’s retreat is the unveiling of a new program to facilitate access to biostatistical support in order to directly assist fellows with rigorous research project and statistical design. With all fellows in ACGME-accredited programs in the department required to complete a scholarly project during their fellowship, this level of assistance will be a significant contribution to each fellow’s academic education.

Next Best Thing to Being There

This event also will be livestreamed via the UAHS BioCommunications webcast site. Click below to:

Watch the VIDEO! (live or archived for viewing later)

Video from last year’s retreat can be viewed here.

If you got an invitation, feel free to click here to add the event to your personal schedule (via iCal, MSOutlook, Google or Yahoo! calendar).

What to Expect

The retreat agenda will be similar to last year’s event. Those offering personal stories on their particular “Career Trajectories” will include: 

  • Irving L. Kron, MD — UA Professor of Surgery, Interim Executive Dean, UA College of Medicine – Tucson, and Senior Associate Vice President, UA Health Sciences;
  • Tara F. Carr, MD — UA Associate Professor of Medicine and Otolaryngology, Director of the Adult Allergy Program, Program Director of the UA Allergy and Immunology Fellowship, President of the Tucson Asthma Society and President of the Arizona Allergy and Asthma Society; and
  • Anita Koshy, MD — UA Associate Professor of Immunobiology and Neurology, and a member of the faculty of the Neuroscience Graduate Interdisciplinary Program, UA Cancer Center, UA Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute and UA BIO5 Institute.

Monica Kraft, MD, UA Professor of Medicine, the Robert and Irene Endowed Chair of Medicine, and Deputy Director of the UAHS Asthma and Airway Disease Research Center, will talk to fellows about “Pathways to Success.”

Drs. Prabir Roy-Chaudhury and Dean BillheimerAdded to the agenda the week of the event were Prabir Roy-Chaudhury, MD, PhD (on left at right), UA professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Nephrology, who spoke on mentorship relationships between fellows and faculty and how to get the most out of them—and Dean Billheimer, PhD (on right), UA professor, Epidemiology and Biostatistics Department, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health; co-director, Integrative Health Sciences Facility Core, Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center, UA College of Pharmacy; statistical consulting director, UAHS Center for Biomedical Informatics & Biostatistics; and director, UAHS and BIO5 Institute Statistics Consulting Lab, who spoke on biostatistics and informatics resources for researchers.

Drs. Lauren Istep and Michael InselThe evening will finish with three breakout discussions on “Senior Residents’ and Fellows’ Perspectives on Research — led by UA Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellows Lauren Estep, MD (on left at right), and Michael Insel, MD (on right)“How to Choose and Work with Your Mentor,” and “The Fellowship to Academic Faculty Transition.”

The breakouts will be moderated by fellows as well as faculty to generate discussion and offer a diverse spectrum of ideas.

What’s Past Is Prologue

In her 2017 retreat introduction, Dr. Kraft said, “The goal of tonight is to really talk about career paths. What do you want to be when you grow up? What have you been thinking about? Some of you may have very set plans in mind. Some may not. What our goal with the fantastic faculty that we’ve assembled is to talk about career pathways that lead to success. Clearly, our goal is to make sure you not only get a stellar clinical training experience, which goes without saying, but that you also learn about academic opportunities that will lead you in a lot of very exciting directions.”

About the UA Department of Medicine

The University of Arizona Department of Medicine is one of six original departments and the largest at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, with 14 divisions covering medical subspecialties from cardiology to rheumatology. The faculty includes more than 250 physicians who help train more than 70 fellows in 18 fellowship programs130 residents in internal medicine and dermatology, and 450 medical students engaged in clerkships, sub-internships and research opportunities. Affiliated with UA institutes and centers of excellence and collaborative cohorts across the nation and world, the department’s investigators are leading research into development of personalized precision medicine therapies for both simple and complex diseases to improve the lives of people in Arizona and abroad. Learn more:

“More Than One Path to Success, DOM Fellows Learn at 2nd Annual Retreat” | Posted Sept. 26, 2017
“Research, ‘Pathways to Success,’ Top Topics at DOM Fellows Retreat Tonight, Sept. 19” | Posted Sept. 19, 2017
“Fellows Pack House for DOM Inaugural Fellowship Retreat” | Posted Aug. 12, 2016
“Department of Medicine to Host First Ever Fellows Retreat, Aug. 11” | Posted July 11, 2016

Release Date: 
08/29/2018 - 1:45pm