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Learning to see the forest through the trees

  • David F. Penson
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    Reprint requests: David F. Penson, MD, MPH, Center for Surgical Quality and Outcomes Research, Department of Urologic Surgery, Vanderbilt University, 2525 West End Avenue, Suite 1200, Nashville, TN 37203.
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    Center for Surgical Quality and Outcomes Research, Department of Urologic Surgery, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
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      When the editors approached me to write a commentary on what the Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) Clinical Scholars Program has meant to my career, I accepted immediately, assuming that it would be a fairly easy task. After all, it is safe to say that I would not be the person I am today (at least not professionally) if it had not been for the training I received in the Clinical Scholars Program and the continued support of the Foundation since then. But, when I actually sat down and put electronic pen to paper, I found the task much more challenging. As I pondered the issues, it became apparent that impact of the Clinical Scholars Program on my career has been so profound that 1,000 words might not suffice. As such, I felt it was best to focus on the formative effect the Clinical Scholars Program had on me as a surgeon–scientist.
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