James chats to John Myburgh about biomedical research and how to approach reading, interpreting and conducting biomedical research as a junior doctor. With the increasing influence of social media and rise of predatory journals, John Myburgh advises how to navigate online journals to focus on good quality evidence to guide clinical practice.
Summary Writer: Jane McDonnell
Script Writer: Sam Orton
Editor: John Mybrugh
Interviewee: John Myburgh
Professor John Myburgh is Professor of Critical Care at the Faculty of Medicine, University of New South Wales; Director of the Division of Critical Care and Trauma at the George Institute for International Health and senior intensive care physician at the St George Hospital, Sydney.
He also holds honorary professorial appointments at University of Sydney and Monash University School of Public Health.
Professor Myburgh was a foundation member and past Chairman of the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society (ANZICS) Clinical Trials Group. He has an extensive research record of accomplishment over 25 years and is regarded as a national and international expert in catecholamines, traumatic brain injury, fluid resuscitation, endocrine dysfunction in critical illness and in the development and co-ordination of over 40 studies in Intensive Care Medicine. He has been awarded over $75M in cumulative research funding from national and international research funding agencies.
His list of publications include over 230 refereed research publications and 45 book chapters, with an h-index of 41. He has delivered over 400 presentations, including over 50 plenary presentations at major international and national scientific congresses.
He has a long-established profile in education in Intensive Care Medicine, both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He was instrumental in establishing the College of Intensive Care Medicine of Australia and New Zealand, serving as President from 2010-2012. For services to medicine, he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2014. Professor Myburgh was elected to the WFSICCM Council in 2013 and as Secretary-General in November 2017 and will hold this office until 2019.
With Professor John Myburgh, Intensivist at St George Hospital and Professor of Intensive Care Medicine at The University of New South Wales, Australia
Professor Myburgh has always been interested in research, which is in part due to his father who was a professor of surgery and researcher in liver transplantation. Professor Myburgh has always had an enquiring mind and has had mentors who inspired him. He believes research is as important as clinical medicine; we base our practice on evidence and research. There are three arms to being a good doctor – clinical medicine, education, and research. Research helps develop an ability to think critically and it keeps you humble.
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