文章作者 Ronald E. LaPorte 教授来自美国匹兹堡大学医学院公共卫生学院，由他建议并掌管的 Supercourse 是一个根据互联网的有关流行病学、全球卫生信息的学术渠道，现在具有遍及全球 174 个国家的会员两百万余人，该渠道的免费数据库现在有超越 20 万篇次的讲座，被翻译成全球 33 种言语。2004 年，时任我国协和医科大学公共卫生学院院长的黄建始教授将 Supercourse 的概念引进我国，并在协和成立了 Supercourse China（SCC，即超级课程协会），由协和医大八年制临床医学专业的学生藍沢潤团队首要担任和办理。
虽然作业繁忙，Ronald E. LaPorte 教授仍坚持定时给 Supercourse 会员们发送 Supercourse Newsletter，或是向会员们更新渠道数据库的最新状况，或是共享 Supercourse 最新动态，有时也像老朋友相同与我们谈谈心。
今日这篇文章来自于他本年 6 月给我们共享的一篇关于“如安在美国寻找 PhD/postdoc 练习职位”的经验之谈，期望对一切想去美国进修的同学有所协助。
The Game of Science:
Rules as to how train in the US
I returned yesterday from a wonderful meeting on Society for the Advancement of Science in Africa from Africa. This is a dedicated cadre of scientists from African and North American who are working together in an attempt to bringing about scientific advancement in Africa. As part of the meeting several extremely bright young people came to me asking how they might come to the US to train.
There are many opportunities in the US, however, most do not know the "game of training" t滋味,如安在美国寻找 PhD/postdoc 练习职位 | 协和八,优路教育o be accepted to come. I thought I would write about what I used to look for in a student. I have had 32 predoctoral students and over 20 post docs. Of this about 25 where from other countries. I typically would give preference to non-US students as their worth ethics was better and they were working in countries that I wanted to collaborate with. About twice a month a received an email like this:
I like your research, can I be accepted into your program, please send money
This never works and immediately are sent to my spam file.
The guiding principle in selecting a student for me has been "How can you contribute to my program". I really do not care about helping you, but rather what can you do for me.
We in science want to publish, get grants and explore new areas that I am interested.
“what can you do for me?”
There are several primary criteria for selection. This first is if you have data that are comparable to mine. One can come in an immediately start writing comparative papers. When I was building registries world wide several young people from Brazil, Estonia, Argentina, Poland, etc. had built type 1 diabetes registries that were directly compatible with my efforts. When they came they could immediately join my research efforts.
Science is one gigantic network. Often one of my close collaborators would say, that they had a brilliant young research. I would work hard to obtain funding.
A track record is also very important. If there is the choice between on student who has 5 articles and a剑龙nother that has 20, everyone faculty member will go for the more productive one.
I also look for students who have the tools I need in research. In general students with just a MD degree are a dime a dozen, however, statisticians, geneticists, data analytic. A medical student or any student can greatly enhance their chances by having a secondary, more powerful, more useful interest. Medical students are often discriminated 许娜京against by researchers with th追客免费小说阅读网e feeling that all the晴天歌词y want to do is to come for training and then get an MD job at lots of money, dropping their research. It is very important to indicate that one wants to do aca基准利率demic research.
If a student can quickly identify how they can contribute, I will do anything possible to help them come and train. We produce Just in Time Power Point lectures (lectures produced with in 萧立扬a day after disasters). Ebola exploded onto the picture, I put out a call for a lecture, and Musa Kana from Nigeria sent to us a beautiful lecture, the first Ebola lecture from Africa, by Africans. He is now in the US.
What I look for are students who are more interested in my work than coming to the US to get a non-academic job.
The bottom line is I want to students to come in, Publish, Present and help write grants. You need to show how you can do thi十二经络s.
There are certain steps that can be taken to improve chances. Sending a blind application to a university often is not very suc滋味,如安在美国寻找 PhD/postdoc 练习职位 | 协和八,优路教育cessful, even though this is what schools tell you. Graduate school if more touchy feely, and the application does not tell one much unless the person has 25 publications. You need to demonstrate how interested you are in the scientist, and what you can contribute to their efforts. The contact of faculty has to be individualized to the faculty member.
Here are the steps I suggest :
Identify an area that you are interested (e.g. di吾乃创世神abetes epidemiology)
Do a Google Scholar approach to find out who is publishing in the area
Identify a set of say 20 experts who publish quite a钟绍荣 bit (these are the people who likely have money
Read the last 5 years of their publicati花苞头ons
Comprise a picture of these authors, as to their interests, and passion
Figure out how you might be able to help THEIRresearch (remember they are not interested in you
Prepare a short set of questions about their research
Ask them how you might collaborate with them
Ask them if you could write a grant with them to bring about their research in Uganda, Peru, Thailand (where ever you are from)
Do not mention that you want to take a residency program in the US
Wait until they respond (probably 1 out of 20), then try another 20
If someone responds set up a skype call六花簿本. In the call, get them ta滋味,如安在美国寻找 PhD/postdoc 练习职位 | 协和八,优路教育lking about their滋味,如安在美国寻找 PhD/postdoc 练习职位 | 协和八,优路教育 research and how you can help
At the call ask if you can write a review article with them at say, Diabetes in Ghana, etc.
Do not say anything about o斗罗大陆txtbtaining funding from them. Focus on the possibility of you working with them to get funding (We all like interested "free bees")
You are likely to be accepted in smaller schools, however, often they have limited funding. It is good to work with a mixture of treat to limited schools.
There is the concept in foreign applications that we want you to go home. For most of us, we do not care, as what we want to see is what you can do for us now. The best of the best will always h滋味,如安在美国寻找 PhD/postdoc 练习职位 | 协和八,优路教育ave opportunities to s滋味,如安在美国寻找 PhD/postdoc 练习职位 | 协和八,优路教育tay in the US. Most of my foreign students have settled in the US and have important academic careers. However, it is good to mention in your letter that you plan to go back, but this is not really a criteria for selection.
This is a most fun, but many of you do not know the rules.
Remember you are in this fo奔跑c63r the long g高深典雅ame. It may take 2-3 years, but if you use this approach this will increase your chances.
Ronald E. LaPorte 教授
美国匹兹堡大学医学院公共卫生学院 Ronald E. LaPorte 教授