Lucky Number 13
- Research support- a good library database, a good mentor, statistitians, and funding.
- Time- something we had more of in fellowship since research was built into the program. Something some academic centers offer. But alas, to find time to do research in a private-practice setting is probably not feasible. Not when you're seeing up to 20 consults a day.
- Challenge- probably the kiasu guy in me speaking, but I think it's true. Many of us who are in larger academic programs are constantly challenged by peer-pressure. People around you are doing research, are presenting at meetings and publishing in journals. That drives you to perform. I know the peer-pressure was sickeningly stressful initially, but later I've realized that it's driven me to perform more than I ever thought possible. Not that I'm competing with anyone in particular, but it does challenge you to do more. And now that I'm no longer in an academic institution, where now no one publishes and no one cares, I'm ashamed to say I don't feel pushed to publish (well, good or bad thing, I guess).