Explore this issueOctober 2013
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When I last contributed an article to The Rheumatologist, in June 2012, I had just begun my fellowship. This year, I write from a different perspective. I am better clinically. I know what I am talking about in rheumatology, at least half of the time. I know the people with whom I work. I know the best way to get from one part of the hospital to another, and I usually can find my way back to the parking lot. I am less frequently surprised by unanticipated medical issues that used to startle me, like a jumping jack-in-the-box. The charm of the first year is gone, but I appreciate the comfort zone that comes with the second year of fellowship training.
When I received an e-mail about the recent ACR/AF Rheumatology Research Workshop being held in Dallas where I am a fellow, I was eager to sign up. There was, of course, a caveat—participation required the submission of a research project. When I asked my program director about the event, he explained that the workshop was geared toward those fellows who were destined for careers in academia. Well what about me, still undecided and tenuous about the direction of my postfellowship career? Could I claim a home-turf advantage and participate without submitting a research project? Well, of course not.