• I thoroughly enjoyed meeting others with a passion for the BEST mission. Everyone is of the same mindset…we are in this together. We will share what we know and learn in the interest of our PhD and postdoctoral scientists. This is most valuable because working toward a common goal is empowering.

    2014 NIH BEST meeting attendee
national forum focused on career
National forum focused on career

Keynote Address

Sharon Milgram PhD

Thoughts on the Development of the Office of Intramural Training and Education: “If they build it, will they come?”

Dr. Sharon Milgram presented her strategies and lessons learned about developing a program NIH dedicated to scientific training and education at the National Institutes of Health. Her theories truly resonated with the implementing institutional culture change in biomedical research, fitting in with the mission of the NIH BEST Award.

Dr. Sharon Milgram is the Director of the NIH Office of Intramural Training and Education (OITE). She received her Ph.D. from Emory University in the Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy and completed her postdoctoral training at The Johns Hopkins University in the Neuroscience Department. Following her postdoctoral training, Dr. Milgram joined the faculty of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. From early in her career, Dr. Milgram has shown a passion for mentoring trainees. During her time at UNC, Dr. Milgram directed the NSF training grant Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) and the NIH Initiative to Maximize Student Diversity (IMSD). She also founded the UNC Office of Postdoctoral Services and directed the Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences graduate program. Dr. Milgram joined the NIH in 2007 where she directs the OITE. The OITE is committed to helping undergraduate, pre- and postdoctoral trainees in their career and professional development at NIH and in the extramural community. The OITE extends their career development resources, including workshops and seminars, to the extramural community by making them available online.


Thursday, October 30, 2014

Registration & Photographs of BEST groups
7:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.

8:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Opening Remarks
Sally Rockey, PhD – Deputy Director, Office of Extramural Research, The National Institutes of Health

NIH BEST Meeting Expectations and Welcome New Programs
Trish Labosky, PhD – Program Leader, Office of Strategic Coordination, The National Institutes of Health

“Program Blitz” of Newly Awarded BEST Programs
Boston University, Michigan State University, Rutgers University, University of California, Irvine, University of Chicago, University of North Carolina, University of Rochester
Moderator: Trish Labosky, NIH OSC             

Keynote Address
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Sharon Milgram, PhD – Director, Office of Intramural Training and Education

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Faculty/Trainee Buy-In Panel Session
11 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
The Atlanta BEST Program, New York University, University of Massachusetts, Wayne State University
Moderator: Elizabeth Silva, UCSF

Leveraging Resources and Partnerships/Collaborations Panel Session
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Cornell University, New York University, Virginia Tech University
Moderator: Tamara Hutto, Emory University

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

BEST Program Evaluation and Tracking
2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Madeleine Wallace and Melissa Newberry, Windrose Vision
Moderator: Trish Labosky, NIH OSC   

Program Evaluation and Tracking Panel Session
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Emory University, University of California, Davis, University of California, San Francisco, Vanderbilt University
Moderator: Trish Labosky, NIH OSC

Internships Panel Session
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
University of California, San Francisco, University of Colorado – Denver, Wayne State University
Moderator:  Elizabeth Silva, UCSF

4:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.                         

Planning the Content for Tomorrow’s Breakout Session Topics and Attendee Assignments
4:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Moderators: D’Anne Duncan and Roger Chalkley, Vanderbilt University

“Special Interest Group” Dinners – Night in Downtown Bethesda, MD
6:30 p.m.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Breakout Sessions
8:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Breakout Session Group Reports and Discussion
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Group Discussion: Administrative Support and Monthly Teleconferences, Wrap-up
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Moderators: Trish Labosky, NIH OSC; Roger Chalkley & D’Anne Duncan, Vanderbilt University

12:30 p.m.