Journal of General Internal Medicine

, Volume 14, Issue 12, pp 750–755

A survival guide for generalist physicians in academic fellowships

Part 2: Preparing for the transition to junior faculty
  • Somnath Saha
  • Sanjay Saint
  • Dimitri A. Christakis
  • Steven R. Simon
  • Stephan D. Fihn

DOI: 10.1046/j.1525-1497.1999.12148.x

Cite this article as:
Saha, S., Saint, S., Christakis, D.A. et al. J GEN INTERN MED (1999) 14: 750. doi:10.1046/j.1525-1497.1999.12148.x


Successful transition from general medicine fellowship to junior faculty requires careful, strategic planning. Fellows should present their work at meetings and write manuscripts as early as possible, in order to demonstrate productivity. Mentors should help fellows decide whether or not to apply for grants during the training period. Finally, although securing a junior faculty position is an exciting process, it is also time-consuming; fellows should begin thinking about what type of job they want and searching for that job early during the final year of their program. We hope that a better understanding of these issues will aid fellows as they pursue their goals in academic general medicine.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Somnath Saha
    • 1
  • Sanjay Saint
    • 2
  • Dimitri A. Christakis
    • 3
  • Steven R. Simon
    • 4
  • Stephan D. Fihn
    • 5
    • 6
  1. 1.Received from the General Internal Medicine Section, Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Department of MedicineOregon Health Sciences UniversityFortland
  2. 2.Division of General MedicineUniversity of MichiganAnn Arbor
  3. 3.Department of Pediatrics and the Child Health InstituteUniversity of WashingtonSeattle
  4. 4.Department of Ambulatory Care and PreventionHarvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health CareBoston
  5. 5.Northwest Health Services Research and Development Field ProgramVA Puget Sound Health Care SystemUSA
  6. 6.Departments of Medicine and Health ServicesUniversity of WashingtonSeattle