Your blog, your CV, and academic promotion

February 4, 2013 by MassDevice staff

Westby G. Fisher, MD, FACC is a board certified internist, cardiologist, and cardiac electrophysiologist practicing at NorthShore University HealthSystem in Evanston, IL, USA and is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at University of Chicago's Pritzker School of Medicine.

By Westby G. Fisher, MD, FACC

Westby Fisher

"Doctor, could we have a copy of your most recent CV."

"Sure," I said, realizing it hadn't been updated recently.  

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It is interesting how I approach my academic pursuits now.  It used to be that it was "publish or perish" in the world of academic medicine.  Of course, even now the only "publishing" that counts to the academic world is that of conventional peer-reviewed journals with high impact factors (or grant applications that bring in dollars).  But publishing for the sake of publishing may have its limits, too, since some researchers chose to publish the same research data in many publications and in different formats just to pad their curriculum vitae (CV).

We're seeing a new era of complete disruption in medicine.  Scientific publishing is no different.  Peer-reviewed journals, while still considered most "scientific" by the academic community, are finding their relatively long turn-around times and paywalls competing against more nimble peer-reviewed open access journals that foster and promote broad commentary across disciplines for free.  Blogs, too, encourage open, free communication and, because they are often syndicated using RSS feed, can have a significant "impact factor" to not only the public, but more conventional main stream media.