Gail P. Jarvik, MD, PhD: An Inspiring Role Model

Effective time management is all in a day’s work for Dr. Jarvik of the University of Washington.

Gail Jarvik
Photo courtesy of Gail P. Jarvik, MD, PhD

As Head and Professor of Medical Genetics, Joint Professor of Medicine and Genome Sciences, Arno G. Motulsky Chair in Medicine, AND Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology, Dr. Jarvik is one clinician-scientist who makes the most of every minute!

Dr Jarvik gave ASHG's Featured Chat Fridays team her advice on time management, keys for trainee success, and transitioning to a professional position.

Clinician + Geneticist = Challenges & Rewards

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Credit: Wikipedia, Laboratory and Pexels Stock Photos


Jarvik: "Clinicians who do research have both challenges and advantages. The major challenge is time. To do cutting edge research requires a large time commitment and physician-scientists are competing for progress and funding with scientists who can dedicate more of their time to research. The advantages are numerous. They include insight into the most relevant translational questions, a background that allows synthesis of diverse areas of medicine, and interactions with patients."

If Dr. Jarvik Could Time Travel...

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Credit: CityGypsy11, flickr


Jarvik: "The two things I would do differently as a trainee would be: 1) spend more time networking and looking for collaborative projects and 2) get my MS in Biostatistics, to have a credential for my significant statistical training. Study sections seem to want a degreed biostatistician, regardless of your training or experience."

Transitioning from Trainee to Working Professional - Interview Widely!

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Credit: "Wikipedia List of World Map Changes"


Jarvik: “I completed an MD-PhD program, 3 years of internal medicine residency, and 4 years of medical genetics fellowship. The fellowship was longer than usual because I was a Pew Biomedical Scholar for the latter half. As that ended, my husband and I looked for joint offers. We were successful in obtaining a number of joint offers, but stayed at UW, as it had strong programs in both of our fields.  However, I strongly recommend interviewing as widely as reasonable. I met colleagues in those interview visits that became collaborators, despite my not coming to their institution.”

It Takes a Huge Village to Develop a Scientist

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Credit: "US Army RDECOM, flickr and Wikipedia, "Patient participation"


Jarvik: “I have been lucky to have many mentors that complemented each other’s roles. Never stop looking for people who can advise you."

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