Emerging Best practices for Tracking Trainees and for Data Utilization

GREAT Workshop on Thursday, September 27, 2018, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Short Description:

Individual institutions, NIH, and the BEST consortium have worked for several years to develop methods for collecting and analyzing data describing long-term career outcomes of biomedical Ph.D. trainees. The goal of this workshop will be to disseminate emerging best practices for collecting data, classifying careers using a standardized taxonomy, and visualizing data. Topics will include data aggregation, using the data to inform decision-making, and discussion of national and regional trends and policies. Additional discussion will address training outcomes in terms of workforce diversity and inclusion, and deployment of efficient strategies for all institutions.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion, workshop participants will be able to:

  1. Find, validate, and collect data suitable to assess biomedical research training outcomes.
  2. Apply the 2018 Unified 3-Tiered Career Outcomes Taxonomy for classifying Ph.D./postdoctoral alumni.
  3. Develop strategies for communicating data effectively to defined audiences.
  4. Recognize how outcomes data can foster diversity in the biomedical workforce.
  5. Contribute to the national discussion about using outcomes data to strengthen biomedical research training and to align individual Ph.D. training programs with national biomedical workforce needs.


John Horn, PhD

Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine


Tracey Baas, PhD

Director, URBEST Program, University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry

Patrick Brandt, PhD

Director of Career Development and Training, Office of Graduate Education, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, School of Medicine

Abigail Brown, PhD

Director of Outcomes Research, Office for Biomedical Research Education and Training
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Roger Chalkley, DPhil

Senior Associate Dean for Biomedical Research, Education and Training, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Tammy Collins, PhD

Director, Office of Fellows Career Development, NIH/NIEHS

Allison Fryer, PhD

Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine

Tami Hutto, MSPP

Associate Director, Goizueta Business School, Emory University (Formerly Atlanta BEST Program Manager, Emory & Georgia Tech)

Patricia Labosky, PhD

Program Leader, Office of Strategic Coordination, Division of Program Coordination, Planning and Strategic Initiatives Office of the Director, NIH

Ambika Mathur, PhD

Dean of the Graduate School, Wayne State University

Kim Petrie, PhD

Assistant Dean for Biomedical Career Development, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Abby Stayart, PhD

myCHOICE Program Director, University of Chicago

Jackie Wirz, PhD

Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Affairs, Director of Career and Professional Development Center, School of Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine