Other Articles| Volume 26, ISSUE 3, P396-402, March 2018

Vignettes and Viewpoints From a Professional Autobiography

  • Jeffrey M. Lyness
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    University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry, Rochester, NY
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Published:October 05, 2017DOI:
      In this professional autobiography, the author describes factors contributing to important decisions in his academic geriatric psychiatry career. Major inflection points included embarking on clinical research and later deciding to focus more on leadership roles in education and in faculty affairs. The discussion then examines themes that have emerged in reviewing this career arc, including the value of: the variety and social connectedness inherent in the academic life; cultivation of interpersonal relationships and best efforts as much as possible; an open mind ready to (collegially) seize new opportunities; and family, friends, and avocational pursuits as complements to one's profession. The author hopes that this public life review is of help to others planning or reflecting on their own career paths. 
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