JUL-AUG 2019

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Page 39 of 68 | JULY/AUGUST 2019 37 © GETTY IMAGES Generally, self-funding and funding from an organization, such as the National Rosacea Society or the American Skin Association, will allow you to perform the most indepen- dent research. "If you go to a professional organization, you typically go through a formal grant review process, which may give you feedback on how to improve the study, but usually they let you do what you want with the data and will permit you to publish it," says Dr. Gutowski. "If you are funding the research with your own money, you have no restrictions." PUBLISHING YOUR WORK Once your study is complete, you can publish it, present it at a scientifi c meeting, or do both. "You must collate all the data and put together a story about why the research is relevant and what methods you used, and include a discussion of the results and limitations of your study," says Dr. Ibrahimi, who has published more than 60 articles in his career. Medical journals have their own guidelines for how to structure your manuscript, and this information is readily available on their websites. Some journals are very competitive with only the best research making it to print. Others are easier for new researchers—but beware of the predatory journals that allow anyone to publish for a fee, warns Dr. Gutowski. Reputable journals do not charge for publication. Meanwhile, if you want to present your data and outcomes at a scientifi c meeting, visit the association's website for deadlines and application guidelines. CONSIDERING THE CAVEATS While conducting your own research is rewarding, Dr. Munavalli cautions that it can be extremely time-consuming, especially if the study requires numerous visits and you're trying to run a practice with a heavy patient load. "Be prepared to sacrifi ce some of that load to focus on doing quality trial work," he says. "It can defi nitely be worth it." Indeed, the more research you do, the more opportunities will present themselves. "By taking part in research, you develop relationships with other researchers. That can go a long way in obtaining future projects," says Dr. Gutowski. Ultimately, while the fi nancial rewards may not be immediately apparent, there are plenty of pluses. "I make more money when I see patients, but [conducting research] helps me stay ahead of the curve and evaluate tomorrow's treatments today," says Dr. Ibrahimi. Daniel Casciato is a freelance writer based in South Bend, Indiana. " r smaller trials, y u may be a ble t use y u r cu rrent clinical staff t help, pr vided they a re trained n h w t c ndu ct clinical trials."

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