Tue, Aug 15, 2017
Article in Geisel Insider by Tim Dean:
When Alan I. Green, MD, was a young faculty member at Harvard Medical School in the early 1980s, committed to both practicing psychiatry and doing research, he often sought the counsel of one of his mentors, Joseph Schildkraut, MD, a physician-researcher in psychiatry.
“I would go to his office with an idea and he would say, ‘Okay; show me all of the steps that got you to your research question,’” recalls Green, chair of psychiatry at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and director of SYNERGY, Dartmouth’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute. “It taught me that even though I may have been asking a reasonable question, I didn’t actually know how I got there.”
By learning how to think about and present his ideas in a clear and logical way, Green was acquiring some of the fundamental skills he would need to become a successful investigator.
“This is a really tricky business and it takes a long time to figure out how to get good at research,” he says. “In today’s highly competitive funding environment, young scientists not only need strong mentorship but resources and support from their home institutions to get off to a good start.”
That’s the idea behind Dartmouth SYNERGY Scholars, an ongoing mentored career development program at Geisel and Dartmouth-Hitchcock. Funded through SYNERGY—which is supported by a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) secured by Green and his colleagues in 2013—the program aims to prepare junior investigators for careers in clinical and translational research.Read More