The Early Career Voice is a blog written by Early Career Professionals for Early Career Professionals across the globe. Our Early Career Captains will describe their thoughts and experiences as they explore the sessions, the science, and other behind-the-scenes details.

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The road to becoming a physician can be taxing to even the most capable of individuals.  For the aspiring physician-scientist, the pathway is all the more complex, with additional responsibilities and challenges arising from training in scientific research.  While none among us can predict the future as we progress in our training, we can learn from those who have faced similar challenges before us.  

Recently, the American Physician Scientists Association (APSA), a student-led organization dedicated to advocacy for physician-scientist trainees, joined with the American Heart Association (AHA) to ask trainees two questions: “What do you wish you had known, and what has been your experience as a physician-scientist trainee?” APSA and the AHA have compiled responses from two such trainees for the Early Career Experiences Blog.  If you are just beginning your journey as a physician-scientist trainee, the experiences of these trainees may help you navigate the exciting challenges ahead.
Posted by Alexander Adami on Jun 25, 2014 10:42 PM CDT
The AHA summer meetings and scientific sessions provide huge opportunities for those of you at the early-career stage, such as training for grant writing, job search and interview skills, establishing independence, networking and building collaborations. Each of these meetings provides several sessions exclusively devoted to early-career investigators, recognizing the importance of this developmental stage. This year, the BCVS council meeting to be held in July in Las Vegas highlights the work of early-career investigators, and more than 20% of the talks will be given by early-career speakers.  On Tuesday, July 15, 2014, the second day of the meeting, an early-career workshop/luncheon will be held with two presentations, one on the topic entitled “Balancing Professional and Personal Responsibilities” given by Dr. Asa Gustafsson and one entitled “The Key to Successfully Revising Your Fellowship or Grant Application” given by Dr. Burns Blaxall, followed by a reception at 7:25 PM exclusively for early-career researchers. On Wednesday, July 16th, two more presentations are scheduled: “How to Successfully Transition from Your SDG/BGIA Early Investigator Award to the Coveted R01” given by Dr. Christopher Baines and “Publish or Perish: How to Write a Manuscript for Publication in Circulation Research” given by Dr. Roberto Bolli.
So, please don’t miss this great opportunity!!!! The registration is still open for you to attend…
Thank you for your time, and I look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas this July!
Sakthivel Sadayappan, PhD, MBA, FAHA, FAPS​
Vice-Chair of the AHA BCVS Early Career Committee
Posted by Sakthivel Sadayappan on Jun 20, 2014 8:11 AM CDT

Apply Now - applicants for ATVB Council Early Career Investigator Awards and Travel Stipends for the Scientific Sessions 2014 Nov. 15-19, 2014, in Chicago, IL
Application Deadline Date : June 16th, 2014
Travel Grants Deadline : August 11th, 2014
ATVB Early Career Investigator Award
The ATVB Early Career Investigator Award recognizes the council's early career investigator members who are performing high quality research in the fields of arteriosclerosis, thrombosis and vascular biology. Candidates will be considered not only for the quality and relevance of their research being submitted to Scientific Sessions but also for their accomplishments, contributions to their fields and expertise as researchers in general.
Five finalists will present their research at Scientific Sessions and a winner will be named at the ATVB Business Meeting and Awards Reception on November 2014.  This is a terrific opportunity to get visibility and recognition at AHA's biggest meeting!

Just copy the link below and click on the Council Awards Applicaiton System link to get started!!!  Questions?  Email me at

Posted by Jordan Miller on Jun 10, 2014 4:46 PM CDT
This year, the ATVB Women’s Leadership Committee hosted the Mentor of Women Award Luncheon and networking event on Friday, May 2nd, 2014.

The committee Chair, Dr. Nancy Webb, announced the awardee of this year’s Mentor of Women awardee, Dr. Coleen A. McNamara, MD, from the University of Virginia. This award is presented annually to a member of the ATVB Council who has shown exceptional support of the careers of women in the fields of atherosclerosis, thrombosis and vascular biology on an individual and global basis through mentoring and advocacy.

The committee Vice-Chair, Dr. Daisy Sahoo, announced the names of this year’s finalists of the Junior Investigator Award for Women: Zhen Chen, Qiurong Ding, Sarah Mueller, Mireille Ouimet, Elizabeth Tarling, and Pei Yu. The winner of the award was Sarah Mueller.

Congratulations to them all!

The feature lecture of the luncheon was given by Dr. Kay Broschat, senior cardiovascular medical science liaison in Medical Affairs at BMS in St. Louis, Missouri. Her talk was entitled “How obstacles or opportunity creating career opportunity during disruptive change”. Dr. Broschat talked about her career path transition from faculty position in academia in basic research, to a career in translational medicine for CAD and diabetes, and as a CSO and Consultant and Medical Science Liaison.

She highlighted how to gain the required experience, how to be qualified for transition to a new job/field, as well as how to deal with disruptive changes in a career path and how to turn obstacles to opportunities. Particularly, she advised young trainees to think about:

1. “Follow your passion because passion takes you through the difficult time”.
2. “Embrace challenges that require a complete strategy change, knowing that lack of skills=opportunity to collaborate”.
3. “Build up network!!! Build, contribute and keep it current”.
4. “Request insights from professionals you meet. Seek advice about the qualifications necessary for a new position you are interested in, as well as what is the star quality you need to meet to be competitive for the position”.
5. “Build soft skills: almost everyone can be a better speaker! Make yourself likable and easy to approach. Practice negotiation and collaboration and develop listening and conversation skills”.
6. “Select or accept extra activities to expand your horizons”.
7. “Improve communication skills including knowing to translate relevant experience into the new job language.”

Dr. Broschat also shared some resources for job searching and career development.

1. A few websites for useful career information are:

2. Company websites for portfolio and press releases.

3. Job websites:

At last, Dr. Broschat concluded by highlighting that there are things in life that look like challenges, but actually end up being the best opportunities. The event was well-attended this year.

The ATVB Women’s Leadership Committee welcomes you to send them any suggestions and feedback to help them improve the quality of their programming and networking sessions.

We are looking forward to seeing you at the luncheon in the fall at Scientific Sessions 2014!
Posted by Hanrui Zhang on May 5, 2014 4:22 PM CDT

If you are at the early stage of your career, there are certainly some special events for members just like you at the ATVB this year.
  1. Thursday 7:00–8:00 am
    Grand Ballroom East, Lower Concourse
    Early Career Training: Succeeding at Every Stage: Insights from the Early Career Committee
  2. Thursday Noon - 1:00 pm
    Birchwood Ballroom, Mezzanine
    Meet the Professor Luncheon Do not miss this networking luncheon. It will be an invaluable opportunity for you to have some informal interactions with leading experts in your field.
  3. Thursday 5:30 - 7:30 pm
    Poster Session I: Sheraton Hall, Lower Concourse
    Finalists for the Women’s Leadership Committee Junior Investigator Award for Women will be presenting their posters at the poster session.
  4. Friday 7:00 - 8:00 am
    Grand Ballroom East, Lower Concourse
    Early Career Training Session Corporate Collaborations, SBIR Startups and Other Fates For Your Scientific Discoveries Panelists: Rosanne Crooke, PhD, Executive Director of Cardiovascular Diseases, Isis Pharmaceuticals, Carlsbad, California Edward Fisher, MD, PhD, FAHA, New York, Leon H. Charney Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine University Langone Medical Center, New York, NY Michael Oda, PhD, FAHA, Associate Scientist at Children’s Hospital of Oakland Institute, and co-founder of Lypro Biosciences, Inc.
  5. Friday 11:45 am–1:15 pm
    Birchwood Ballroom, Mezzanine
    The Mentor of Women Award Luncheon Luncheon Presentation: Opportunity or Obstacle – Creating Career Options During Disruptive Change Kay Broschat, PhD, Bristol-Myers Squibb, St. Louis, MO

Looking forward to ATVB2014 at Toronto!
Posted by Hanrui Zhang on Apr 29, 2014 1:37 PM CDT
Circulation Research: We're excited to introduce a new series of articles of tips & advice for young (and not-so-young) researchers, "Letters to a Young Investigator":

First up, Maria Kontaridis with advice on how to get a K Award: "It Is Not Just About the Science"

Next, "Blind Dates in Science": Yibin Wang offers tips for dealing with rejection in peer review

Post by Circulation Research.

Posted by Stacy AHA Science on Apr 2, 2014 11:12 AM CDT
What a great meeting! What was your favorite type of session? Personnaly, I really liked the "Ask The Experts" format, and particularly the one from yesterday (Tuesday, November 19), "ATE.702-Are Cholesterol-Loaded Macrophages Proinflammatory?". It was great to hear short, but very innovative and meaningful talks. By attending those 10 to 15 minutes talks, showing both a concise summary of the litterature on the field, and new unpublished data, the audience had the possibility to really assess the scientists' creativity and opinion, since the format was also allowing the presenters to promote a "mini debate" on the question. It was interesting to be able to hear, in a very active and diplomatic manner, the different points of view of the experts in the field, ponctuated by strong data and solid arguments. We need more of those short, "punchy" talks!

"Bravo" to the speakers!

See you in Toronto!

Posted by Catherine Martel on Nov 20, 2013 11:48 AM CST
As some of you may be heading out today, remember the following:
  1. Send a ‘Thank You’ email to senior scientists, potential mentors, and even general colleagues whom you have formally (or informally) met and discussed your research or have obtained valuable advice about your career.  The conversation does not have to stay at the conference.
  2. Become a member of AHA (if you’re not already)
  3. Consider volunteering.  This will not only provide you with better insight into the procedures that go into putting together the conferences, and provide you an opportunity to have a closer access to the leaders in your research area.  It’s also a way to give back to AHA!
  4. Grab your free CD of the conference abstracts (Booth #2033)
Hopefully your experience at the AHA Conference in Dallas has been one of productivity and enjoyment meeting colleagues.  For those heading to AHA in March, see you then!
Posted by Rosemay Remigio-Baker on Nov 19, 2013 1:13 PM CST
As I sat in the Diabetes Committee meeting, I looked around and realized how fortunate I was to be a part of such a dynamic group.   It took me about a year to absorb the multitude of tasks that the committee prepares for the upcoming sessions.  There is so much ‘behind the scenes’ development, the extent of which I would have never known had I not been a part of this group. In addition to this preparation, constant new knowledge must be spread, so there’s always several papers and ideas afloat eager to be drafted and published.  It always amazes me to see how the passion for heart disease research never dwindles through subsequent meetings with this group.  In the discussions, you can feel the drive that these leaders have, both inspiring and contagious.  With this experience, I have gained a greater appreciation for each AHA conference and urge other early career investigators to volunteer for a committee.  I guarantee that you will have a better understanding of the process (and the diligence) that goes through planning the sessions, as well as how ideas evolve through dynamic discussions. What an incredible experience to witness such well-tuned machine that is the AHA Diabetes Committee!
Posted by Rosemay Remigio-Baker on Nov 18, 2013 11:54 PM CST
Did you have the opportunity to attend the ATVB Women's leadership luncheon today? As expected, it was great! To get to discuss, one-on-one (or in small groups), with senior -- World-renowned-- scientists, is something that every "early career" scientist should experience. My only "major" concern (or maybe it's because I'm too talkative?!?!): it was too short!!! I didn't get the opportunity to chat with all of the amazing scientists that were attentending the event to share their knowledge. I'm looking forward to continue the discussions at the ATVB Early Career Networking Reception tomorrow! (Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, at the Hyatt Regency)
Posted by Catherine Martel on Nov 18, 2013 7:15 PM CST
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