It’s a Good Thing: Sustaining the progress made by the Vanderbilt ASPIRE Program

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It’s a Good Thing: Sustaining the progress made by the Vanderbilt ASPIRE Program

Kim Petrie, Ashley Brady, Abigail Brown, Kate Stuart, Roger Chalkley, Kathleen Gould, Vanderbilt University

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The Vanderbilt ASPIRE Program has changed the nature of Ph.D. and postdoctoral training in the biomedical sciences at Vanderbilt. Prior to ASPIRE, our office focused primarily on career exploration programming and individual coaching. Since the advent of ASPIRE, we have integrated professional development into the first-year biomedical Ph.D. training programs, created new professional development programs tailored to postdoctoral fellows, provided broader career and professional development training opportunities for students and postdocs, increased outreach to faculty, and engaged alumni and employers to enhance the experiences of our current trainees. In this presentation, we will share strategies we are implementing to sustain our much-expanded career development initiatives moving forward, including ways we are engaging our current trainees, parents of current students, faculty, institutional leadership, campus partners, alumni, and employers.

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