THOMAS AND CATHERINE YOSHIKAWA OUTSTANDING SCIENTIFIC ACHIEVEMENT FOR CLINICAL INVESTIGATION AWARD LECTURE

Plenary Symposia

  • Date:
  • Time: 9:30am - 10:15am
  • Track: Research
  • CME/CE: .75

Speaker: Alexander K. Smith, MD, MS, MPH
The central pedagogy of scientific research training is that researchers must be narrowly focused. So goes the saying, "An inch wide and a mile deep."  Throughout my academic career I have been drawn to holistic disciplines whose central principles run counter to this reductionist perspective: primary care, geriatrics, and palliative care.  My academic success, such as it's been, has reflected this pull towards conceptual complexity, diversity of interests, and mentees with fresh ideas. My academic work has ranged from standard scientific publications to developing ePrognosis to bioethics thought pieces to the GeriPal podcast to leading sing-alongs at the AGS Literature update.  In this talk I will challenge the notion that a successful research career must be defined by a dominant dedicated research focus.  Learning Objectives: (1) describe arguments for being narrowly focused and counter arguments for a maintaining a broader array of interests; (2) consider the pros and cons of nurturing mentees intellectual curiosity about a wide range of interests vs. squashing mentees interest in all domains outside of a narrowly focused band of scientific inquiry; and (3) review community-participatory learning techniques involving synchronous vibration of the vocal folds.