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We need clinician-scientists…and clinical researchers.

      I have been very fortunate to have phases to my career that allowed me to experience a decade as clinician, a decade as a clinician-scientist and a decade a clinical scientist – all specializing in upper extremity rehabilitation. The first decade focused on gaining clinical expertise and provided the clinical questions that motivated my interest in research. The next decade focused on gaining the skills to refine and address clinical research questions through Master's and Doctoral training, while working as a clinician and continuing to build my clinical expertise while exploring how my newfound research skills might affect my clinical practice. Over time I had to reduce my clinical caseload from full time to part time and eventually after 2 decades gave up patient care to meet the demands of a research chair position.
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