Monday, March 23, 2009

Service work

The more epidemiology that I do, the less I like being an analyst. It is a very annoying job. People expect you to do data management, analysis and a fair chunk of the writing (methods section!) that is often the least interesting to craft. But there is a common tendency to do two things:

1) Make all decisions without talking to the analyst

2) Act like it is your fault if the data isn't ideal

I used to volunteer for these jobs because I thought that it would be fun and interesting to work with many different people. Now I must admit I am coming to loathe them!

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