Summary of the Combining Clinical and Research Careers (CCRC) Symposium




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From the President of the AUPN

Dear AUPN Colleagues:

On June 8th and 9th, AUPN hosted its 15th iteration of the annual “Combining Research and Clinical Careers in Neuroscience” (CCRC) symposium.

The 2018 CCRC course, held at the NIH, focused on MD and MD/PhD students nearing completion of their medical school training. A tour of the clinical research facilities at NINDS was provided by several neurology fellows working at the NIH, demonstrating the unique attributes of the intramural research program and outstanding facilities for research. Panels of course faculty representing outstanding junior and senior physician scientists provided an overview of their careers pathways and careers in child and adult neurology and in neurosurgery. There was also a presentation of funding mechanisms for training in residency (R25) and K awards (K08/K12 for peds neuro and neurosurgery/K23). Extensive panel discussions and question answer periods addressed issues around mentoring and residency selection pertinent to the successful career development of physician scientists. The challenges of work life balance were discussed. Small group mentoring allowed follow up discussions for more personal issues.

Forty-eight exceptionally qualified students from throughout the United States participated in the program and the feedback we received was outstanding. Please click here to read a summary of the CCRC symposium.


The CCRC course is sponsored by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), Association of University Professors of Neurology (AUPN), American Neurological Association (ANA), American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and Child Neurology Society (CNS).

Robin Brey, MD

AUPN President 

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