This article reviews a portion of my professional career in academia and outside of academia for the purpose of highlighting the cross-over professional development skills that I learned to use in different fields of expertise. Although I had received my academic doctoral training at an applied medical anthropology program (Wayne State University, Detroit, MI) in the 1980s and a few years later completed a postdoctoral fellowship program which earned me a Masters of Public Health degree (MPH) from Emory University (Atlanta, GA), I really did not know what it was truly like to be a public health professional until I was hired, trained, and worked for the National Institutes of Health. Cross-over skills are skills that allow a professional to transfer to another high-skilled professional job successfully. It is not until I immersed myself in a completely different work setting when I discovered that these cross-over professional development skills were advantageous to my professional career.

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