A range of programs are offered to support trainees in their academic and professional development and to complement the mentored experience that trainees have at the bench, the bedside, or both. Please read below to discover the activities and resources provided by the NICHD Division of Intramural Research (DIR) Office of Education:
Every spring since the Office of Education was established, the fellows and graduate students of the NICHD have organized an annual meeting or retreat. About 100 trainees participate, and everyone presents a poster. You meet new fellows, exchange ideas, network, and learn from presenters and one another in this protected time away from your laboratory and clinical responsibilities.
The meeting is organized by a volunteer Steering Committee of fellows and graduate students who determine the theme for the meeting, work to identify speakers, build a program, judge the abstracts, select the winner of the "best scientific image" competition, introduce speakers and moderate sessions, and in all build a set of administrative and leadership skills through this firsthand experience.
Visit the site at http://retreat.nichd.nih.gov.
The Office of Education helps coordinate The NICHD Connection, a monthly newsletter for and by NICHD fellows. Highlights of the publication include seminar/workshop recaps, follow-ups with former fellows, feature articles written by NICHD fellows, important announcements and events, and recognition of remarkable achievements by NICHD fellows. Many of the issues have a career development theme, an important topic in the fellow community.
Visit the site at http://newsletter.nichd.nih.gov.
Your primary research experience and professional growth as a fellow, whether postdoctoral or clinical, will be gained in the laboratory and clinics working alongside your mentors and other members of the laboratory or patient-care team. To build and expand on this central experience, the Office of Education offers a range of activities each year from which you may benefit.
These include the following, some on a rotating basis:
Bio Careers provides an in-depth look at various career paths in the sciences and maintains a jobs board, which has over 1,400 listings for biomedical scientists and MDs in a variety of career paths.Visit the site at http://www.nichd.biocareers.com.