Most clinicians find themselves busy enough seeing their patients, so what is the purpose of doing research in addition to this? Certainly, there are many reasons motivating such work. Some, for example, dream that the fruits of their research will save millions of lives, whereas others devote themselves to writing papers to promote their own academic career. As chair of the department, however, I believe that the importance of doing such work lies in having gthe research mindh. And such research does not have to be at an international level: even carrying out small-scale research on something of interest can teach one a lot.
To begin with, undertaking such work teaches the importance of being precise in writing patient records; of knowing the relevant regulations and rules; and of keeping abreast of the latest research by other authors. Persisting in these activities enhances the doctorfs ability to develop correct research protocols and obtain meaningful results. In addition, writing papers teaches the skills necessary to convey onefs findings to others and to read the work of others with a properly critical eye. As a result, they will obtain the broad perspective and lack of complacency essential in continuing to offer the best medical care to the patient. This, I believe, is what it really means to have a gresearch mindh.
With the rapid progress that we are now seeing in some areas of medical research, it is not always easy to understand how the results have been obtained, the method being extremely difficult to follow. Research based on clinical work, however, is less likely to have this problem, perhaps making it even more important than ever. Therefore, I sincerely hope that every resident/fellow at our department understands our motto: gWork with an academic mind!h