Autumn Fletcher

Got bias?

The short answer is yes, you do. Your mission, should you choose to be a great clinician or scientist, is to recognize your biases and not allow them to color your daily decisions or affect your ability to assess the evidence. Bias is, to put it simply, a preference for something over another. There is a more complicated definition but that’s the gist. As humans, there is evidence that we are all biased. If you … Read More

No scientist is an island

During the first year in the PMCB program we are introduced to the successes of hundreds of scientists through their research results.  We learn the details of the inner workings of the cell/organism as they were discovered by (sometimes) respected scientists in their day.  At the same time, we are learning how we will be able to use these or other new and exciting techniques to answer our own questions and become the (hopefully) respected … Read More

Nothing to lose, funding & perspective to gain!

Taped to the wall next to my computer is a picture of an adorable little boy who suffers from a genetic disease. His mom sent it to me when she mailed in forms for my clinical research project that is funded by an Oregon Clinical & Translational Research Center training grant. Being chosen as one of the 2011-2012 recipients of the yearlong Oregon Students Learn and Experience Research (OSLER) training grant has been a wonderful … Read More



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