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Jul 29, 2020

William Nelson, M.D., Ph. D., joins us for this episode to share his insights garnered from an outstanding career in Oncology. Dr. Nelson was named the Marion I. Knott Director and Professor of Oncology and Director of the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer center at Johns Hopkins faculty in 2008. Dr. Nelson is a renowned Professor of Oncology, Urology, Pharmacology, Medicine, Pathology and Radiation Oncology, and is also a recognized leader in translational research for cancer. Working with his fellow John Hopkins colleagues, Dr. Nelson discovered the most common genome alternation in prostate cancer. 

In this episode, Dr. Nelson discusses the connection between clinical excellence and research excellence, tells us how to become invaluable in our work, emphasizes the rare art of critical thinking, and touches on some issues affecting physicians and residents in our current culture.

Thank you for listening to the following wisdom from Dr. Nelson. As a leader in research who has made profound contributions, Dr. Nelson’s advice should be put to good use.

Talking points:

  • Clinical excellence and research excellence are related 
  • Applying a deep knowledge of medical science 
  • Medicine is collaborative, so specialize in your field to become invaluable 
  • How Dr. Nelson cultivated a deep expertise in prostate cancer 
  • Why time is more valuable than knowledge in patient care 
  • Critical thinking is a rare (and valuable) trait 
  • Being successful as a resident in the changing culture 
  • Current issues in teaching medical students 
  • Do your best day by day to figure out medical problems and you will have a successful journey