6th Annual NIH BEST Meeting Summary

The BEST consortium, in recognition of the remarkable national interest in reform of doctoral training, was excited to open its annual meeting to everyone interested in innovations in the structures of doctoral training.

During the meeting, there were abstract presentations by a number of institutions and two great panel discussions. Below, you will find links to many of the abstract and slides of many of those that presented.

Blue-Sky Visioning, an interactive session (facilitated by Beka Layton from UNC) created ten “Mastermind Groups.” Each group created a “Massively Audacious Goal (MAG)” around the subject of improving graduate education and professional development. The MAG was required to be written in the present tense to help get people excited. The Mastermind groups formed during the meeting will continue and anyone can join them. If you would like more details about how to join one or more of the groups you can email Beka (rlayton@med.unc.edu) or me for more details.

Institutions in Action

Plenary Sessions

Leveraging Organization Influence to Support Culture Change in the Academy

David Asai, Ph.D. Senior Director for Science Education, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Creating Sustainable Organizations: Sustainability & Lessons Learned from the National Stage

Jodi Yellin, Ph.D. Director of Science Policy, American Association of Medical Colleges

Julia Kent, Ph.D. Vice President, Best Practices and Strategic Initiatives at Council of Graduate Schools

Anthony Boccanfuso, Ph.D. President of the University-Industry Demonstration Partnership

Tobin Smith, M.P.S. Vice President for Policy, Association of American Universities

Kim Petrie, Ph.D., Graduate Career Consortium Executive, Board, Assistant Dean for Biomedical Career, Development, Vanderbilt University

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