Productive environment with lot of well educated, hard working and ambitious people.
Pros: clinical educational and research efforts are interconnected, the environment is collaborative more than competitive.
Cons: meeting presentations and training attendance and travel have to be earned, funding is insecure, work force fluctuation is high.
Regular work requires lot of reading and education, learning new techniques and conducting edge cutting medical research. Even standard procedures have to be carried on with diligence and require constant adjustments, trouble shooting, independent thinking and flexibility. Management is there to provide funding and support for the research efforts. Your research results and data should be presented in order to earn you support from the management. Management depends on NIH for funding, and school tuition. The funding was very unpredictable lately. Even the best rated research (top 1%) may lose the financial support due to the bad economy impact. My co-workers are the most helpful and supportive. Interaction with co-workers is the highlight of my day. The most frustrating part of the job is unstable financial support and communication with NIH and other sponsors. They hardly understand the importance of the medical research. Even NIH experts sometimes hinder the research progress with unreasonable requirements. Combining clinical work, teaching and research does not leave you much time to look for the financial support and sponsors.