Personal Life Update 13
It hasn't been very long since my last personal update post, but even in the past week a lot of progress has been made so I thought it'd be worth a new post. This is an exciting time of year, not just because of my own milestones but also seeing others graduate and move forward in other ways. That, paired with the nice warm weather, has led to a nice relaxing few days (which is rare in grad school).
Preparations for switching roles at the start of July are basically done now. I shadowed a colleague of mine in the diabetes clinic at UCMC, so now I'm ready to start working there in addition to my work in the hem/onc clinic and the C/L service. It sounds like it will be a new experience with different challenges, but it should match some of my personal strengths as a clinician nicely. I'm really excited to get started there!
On the research end of things, there were a couple of big milestones last week. First, I (finally) submitted my second first-author manuscript! While it's under review, I can't give too much information about it. That's because the reviewers need to be blind to who the authors are. Even though it's highly unlikely any of the reviewers would be reading this, I still think it's most appropriate to set the precedent of not enabling reviewers to connect the dots (which is why I withhold titles of submitted manuscripts on my CV page). But in general, it's related to an evaluation of a program that our lab helped with, and we had some interesting findings. Now I just need to wait for several months as it works its way through the submission and peer review process. (The review for the first journal we submitted to can take up to 3 months).
The second research milestone was defending my dissertation proposal. In the clinical psychology PhD timeline, the proposal for the dissertation needs to happen prior to applying for internship. Thankfully, my committee was wonderful and liked the idea for my dissertation, so it was approved! I will be looking at executive functioning in pediatric youth. I will hopefully be able to answer several questions as part of that, but it's hard to say what all I'll be able to do before I have the articles collected for the meta-analysis (basically taking previous findings that are published, and doing analyses with them). That process is now underway, and I'm hoping to get everything collected, organized, and coded by the end of the summer with the help of a research assistant. If I can manage that, I should be able to finish my entire dissertation before going on internship. (And for those unfamiliar with being in a clinical psychology PhD program, finishing the dissertation prior the internship is the dream of doctoral students).
So with those two milestones passed, I've decided to give myself a relaxing weekend. I got a new laptop about a week and a half ago (my old one served me well, but wasn't reliable anymore). Some of the weekend has been putting the finishing touches on getting it setup. I also got a new router today because, as luck would have it, our old one was becoming really unreliable. So now everything is basically set up and ready to go, with some notable upgrades from before, and I'm ready to keep the productivity going!
And finally, this weekend is graduation weekend at DePaul. That means seeing some friends returning from internship to finally get their PhDs. It's been great to see everyone, and seeing them finally reach the end of the program has been really motivating for me.
But I don't want to jump right back into the work just yet. My wife (who was very patient with my heightened anxiety leading up the proposal defense) and I are going to get sushi tonight as a final celebration, and I want to take advantage of the remaining time today to relax some more. It'll be full steam ahead again tomorrow morning!