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Doing postdox + taking classes + getting A's = possible?

Discussion in 'Nontraditional Students' started by Creightonite, Feb 16, 2007.

  1. Creightonite

    Creightonite Senior Member
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    I am thinking of doing a postdoc after PhD and taking some classes while doing postdoc. How receptive are the bosses if I want to take some classes while in the lab? Thank you.
     
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  2. QofQuimica

    QofQuimica Seriously, dude, I think you're overreacting....
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    You can talk to your PI about it, but I wouldn't count on being able to do it. Look at it from your boss's perspective: why would he want to pay you to take classes and work essentially part-time in his lab when he can pay a second guy the same amount and get him to work 80 hours per week?
     
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    A postdoc is generally a full-time-plus job. Maybe you could work in night/weekend classes, but most postdocs I know (in the sciences -- I know nothing about postdocs in the humanities) wouldn't have a lot of time for classes. What field is your PhD, and what type of classes are you talking about?
     
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    Why not take them late in the evening so it's not an issue? That's what I did.
     
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    Most of grad classes are not offered in the night. Plus, i think it would very difficult to slave in the lab the whole day and then go to class. Thats why I kind of like grad schools where classes are integral part of the program. Thanks, guys. Seems a postdoc is not a solution.
     
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    It will get you more papers, though, and it will continue to show that your background of being a physician-scientist is consistent. If the Admissions Committee thinks a PhD applicant is only going to medical school because the 'grass is greener', that can raise a red flag, too. Just something to consider.
     

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