September 6-7, 2017

Hyatt Regency Orlando


Traditionally, professional and career development programs for biomedical doctoral and postdoctoral scholars at academic institutions have tended to focus on preparing trainees for careers solely in academic research positions. Recent data from the NIH, NSF, and several academic institutions show that nationally only 25% of biomedical trainees end up in academic research positions while 75% pursue careers in other areas such as industry/biotechnology/pharma, science communication, science policy and regulatory affairs, etc.

The National Institutes of Health Common Fund is supporting 17 programs to expand exposure for doctoral and postdoctoral scholars to all science careers under the Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST) initiative. A national consortium of these 17 BEST awardee institutions is working to develop career and professional development opportunities addressing these issues and identify challenges as we move forward.

The Workshop

In conjunction with the AAMC GREAT Group Professional Development Meeting, and sponsored in part by the Burroughs Wellcome Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, the NIH BEST Consortium will hold a workshop to share best practices and lessons learned with the training community at large outside of the NIH BEST Consortium, as well as offer practical guidance on how to motivate, create, implement, evaluate, and demonstrate the value of career and professional development opportunities for doctoral and postdoctoral scholars.



Panel and interactive breakout session formats will be used to address the following issues:

  • range of options and programs2017 BEST BWF Workshop
  • best practices
  • defining associated costs (e.g. start-up/one-time, ongoing, etc.)
  • assessment/evaluation instruments
  • how to demonstrate value for leadership

Session topics will include, but are not limited to:

  • Workshops (single one-time event)
  • Courses (multi-event)
  • Internships or Experiential Learning
  • Program Staffing
  • Technology Resources
  • Data collection and use of data in affecting culture change

The range of example programs/programming discussed will include low and no cost solutions.

Who Should Attend

We invite attendance by institutional policy makers, such as academic Graduate School and postdoctoral deans as well as PhD Program Directors (or their relevant delegates), government policy makers and employers interested in supporting career and professional development opportunities for their biomedical trainees.

Our goal is to have a two-way open dialog on the reality of creating and sustaining career development opportunities for trainees within the limitations of academic institutional and faculty culture, financial and personnel resources, while addressing sustainability challenges.

Tentative Agenda

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

1:00p.m. – 1:30p.m.

Panel Session: Workshop and Course Development
1:30p.m. – 3:00p.m.

Networking Break
3:00p.m. – 3:30p.m.

Panel Session: Internships and Experiential Learning
3:30p.m. – 5:00p.m.

Networking Reception
5:00p.m. – 6:30p.m.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Panel Session: Program Staffing 
8:00a.m. – 9:30a.m.

Networking Break
9:30a.m. – 10:00a.m.

Panel Session: Data Collection and Technology Resources
10:00a.m. – 11:30a.m.

Closing Remarks
11:30a.m. – 12:00p.m.