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One doctor's career began more than half a century ago, during World War II; another's began only recently, near the start of the new millennium. One scientist was a Kentucky farm girl who had never dreamed of going to colleg
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Expert Opinions aboutWhat’s Past is Prologue:
"Few things disappoint me more than hearing young women reel off the myths that have steered so many away from science. This volume dispels those myths with candid, inspiring stories of real women. It shows that you, too, can become a successful physician-scientist--no matter where you start from, no matter how circuitous your career path, no matter what other interests enrich and balance your life. This is a wonderful celebration of the adventures of academic medicine and of Vanderbilt’s wise investment in the future."
Nancy C. Andrews MD, PhD
Leland Fikes Professor of Pediatrics, Dean for Basic Sciences and Graduate Studies,Harvard Medical School
"This collection of stories of the careers of physicians, physician-scientists, and scientists from Vanderbilt provides a valuable resource, especially for young women scientists. Although it is difficult to generalize, women tend to be more open! and honest about their struggles, insecurities and setbacks, making the vignettes particularly compelling. Despite the obvious differences in temperament, choices, circumstances and positions of the professors, some generalities apply. Almost all the faculty members begin their story with their parents, not with their first exposure to science or to medicine; most had mentors at critical moments in their development who were vested not only professionally, but also emotionally in their success; contrary to expectations, most have children; and almost all attribute some of their success to the academic environment at Vanderbilt in which they work. A major challenge for everyone, but particularly women physician-scientists, is to maintain focus for career development in research. Many of the women have been very successful at crafting a challenging and fulfilling career. The profound gratitude these women exude for the people and the institutions that have assisted them along! the way is touching, and dare I say, particularly feminine."
Helen Hobbs, MD
Professor of Medicine and Chief of Clinical Genetics, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, UT Southwestern school of Medicine
"In collecting these brief autobiographies, Dr. Neilson has provided a wonderful travel guide for women embarking on careers in academic medicine. Like any good guidebook, this one offers something for everyone. While not trivializing the challenges inherent in such careers, the vignettes offer reassurance that such challenges can be overcome and that there need not be a ‘one size fits all’ approach. There is much here to be savored by women at all stages of their careers."
Carolyn J. Kelly, MD
Professor of Medicine, Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs, University of California San Diego, School of Medicine
"A ‘must read’ for young women considering a career in the medical sciences. These personal stories stress there is no one road map to success. But the importance of mentors (male or female), setting priorities, having a passion for one's career, and, if married with children, a supportive partner, are all recurring themes among the twenty-seven successful women in science at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine."
Gail Morrison, MD
Professor of Medicine, Vice Dean for Education, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Eric G. Neilson, MD, is the Hugh Jackson Morgan Professor of Medicine in the Departments of Medicine and Cell and Development Biology at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee.
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