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William R. Galey, PhD

JIM: Dr. Galey, tell us about your background and how you came to your current position at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI).

Dr. Galey: Well, I spent 30 years as a university professor doing research, teaching, and, later on, in the administration of graduate education and research at a medical school. As I approached the 30-year mark in academia, I began to think about what I would like to do for the rest of my career. At that time, I was approached to consider taking my current position at HHMI. The position offered the opportunity to help improve and redirect some efforts in graduate and medical education; to help train physician-scientists, and even work to enhance postdoctoral training. The chance to be involved in these efforts under the auspices of HHMI's progressive and innovative leadership was an opportunity too good to pass up. So, here I am 6 years later, looking forward to each day at work.

JIM: HHMI has had a long history in the support of medical student research training. Why is this a focus and what are the mechanisms by which you effect it?

Dr. Galey: HHMI has always focused on quality, and, since the 1980s, has recognized the need for advances in biomedical sciences to be translated into medical and public health practice. One of the greatest needs continues to be the training of individuals who can work at the interface between practice and science to affect the translation and implementation of new science-based treatments. To fulfill this need, HHMI sponsors two-year-long research training programs in which medical students can gain intensive research training experience. In the HHMI-National Institutes of …

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