Ep52: Medical Doctor, PhD Doctor – Jennifer Gelinas

May 14, 2018 in Season 4
Artistic impression of a brain.
Artistic impression of a brain. Image credit: Jennifer Gelinas.
What’s it like being a medical doctor, and a PhD doctor? Can research academics learn tips from the clinicians, or vice versa? This episode I talk to a doctor doctor.

Definitely do your homework in terms of your own internal motivations. What drives you? What fulfils you? What makes you happy at the end of the day?

Photograph of Jennifer Gelinas.
Image credit: Jennifer Gelinas

Dr Jennifer Gelinas is an Associate Professor of Neurology at Columbia University in New York. She holds both medical and doctoral degrees from the University of Alberta, and currently researches conditions such as epilepsy in children.

In this episode we talk about:

  • Jennifer’s background and her pathway through academia
  • What medical and PhD doctors can learn from each other
  • How scientists interact with the clinical environment
  • Jennifer’s tips for becoming a clinical/medical scientist

If you want to find out more about Jennifer’s work, you can read about it here.