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Successful Strategies for the Physician-Scientist: Time Management


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Panel Discussion: Successful Strategies for the Physician Scientist

Presentation: Time Management

Speaker: Martin Blaser, M.D., Frederick H. King Professor of Internal Medicine, Chair of Medicine, Professor of Microbiology, New York University School of Medicine

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Successful Strategies for the Physician-Scientist: Time Management

  1. 1. Time Management (in 17 slides) Martin J Blaser, MD Departments of Medicine and Microbiology New York University Langone Medical 1
  2. 2. Outline•General principles•People•Learning•Strategies•Conclusions
  3. 3. Time-management skills •Be aware •Make written lists •Identify rate-limiting steps •Keep well ahead of deadlines •Last minute work = triple work
  4. 4. Meetings•Are often a huge waste of time = avoid•One-on-one meetings preferable (can be short) •Content: progress, problems, plans•Meetings you run: make them count
  5. 5. Characteristics of a good meeting •Have a stated purpose •Have a written agenda •Involve all those attending •Are not hijacked by anyone •Lead to action steps •End on time (or early)
  6. 6. People•Nearly all successful physicians manage other people•Three rules: identify, recruit, help•Delegate as much as possible•Three rules: autonomy, set standards, support them
  7. 7. Delegation•Identify a person to do a task•Provide guidelines, structure•Give them autonomy•Provide support, feedback•Require accountability•Repeat times X•Delegate every task you can
  8. 8. Mentoring•Mentoring works: Mentee, Mentor, Committee•Most important failure – no meetings•Have a structured agenda•Minutes should be taken, with follow-up
  9. 9. Learning•Keep learning: be active•Teach•Focus•Be an informal mentor•Be a formal mentor
  10. 10. Teaching•Keep teaching•Give back + best education (+ enjoyable)•Be Socratic, why?
  11. 11. Socratic Method•Makes people think•They have new ideas•Sometimes theirs are better than yours•Make this part of your style
  12. 12. Distribution of tasksMaintenance Creative Educational Creative Maintenance Educational
  13. 13. Organizational strategyTraining Self Group Self Training Group
  14. 14. Other tips•There is no script•Chance plays a major role (but favors the prepared mind)•Run with your winners, cut your losses•Try to double-dip (2:1 time:clinical = research)
  15. 15. Rules for success in science•Ask the right question. Claude Bernard•Select the right mentor. Hans Krebs•Be passionate about solving Peter Medawar a problem•Take risks. Richard Feynman•Avoid boring people. James WatsonSource: JL Goldstein. Nat Med 2010;16:iii(Introduction to the 2010 Lasker Awards)
  16. 16. “Mathematical beauty…combines the qualities of significance, generality, and unexpectedness.” GH Hardy “A Mathematical Apology” 1940Cited by JL Goldstein, etc.
  17. 17. Questions? Martin J Blaser, MD Departments of Medicine and Microbiology New York University Langone Medical 17