BEST: Implementing Career Development Activities for Biomedical Research Trainees provides an instructional guide for institutions wanting to create, supplement or improve their career and professional development offerings. Each chapter provides an exclusive perspective from an administrator from the 17 Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST) institutions. The book can aid institutions who train graduate students in a variety of careers by teaching faculty and staff how to create and implement career development programming, how to highlight the effectiveness of offerings, how to demonstrate that creating a program from scratch is doable, and how to inform faculty and staff on getting institutional buy-in.
This is a must-have for graduate school deans and faculty and staff who want to implement and institutionalize career development programing at their institutions. It is also ideal for graduate students and postdocs.
- Provides an instructional guide for institutions wanting to create or supplement their career and professional development offerings
- Contains perspectives from administrators from the 17 Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST) institutions
- Addresses what graduate students and postdoctoral populations can implement now to help broaden career outcomes
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1. BU's BEST: using biomedical workforce data to inform curriculum and influence career exploration 2. Cornell BEST-keys to successful institutionalization of career and professional development programming 3. The Atlanta BEST program: a partnership to enhance professional development and career planning across two dissimilar institutions 4. Michigan State University BEST: lessons learned 5. New York University Science Training Enhancement Program 6. Leadership and management for scientists 7. Rutgers University's interdisciplinary Job Opportunities for Biomedical Scientists (iJOBSs) program: inquire, initiate, implement, instruct 8. The FUTURE partner network: linking graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to PhD professionals to inform career decisions 9. Keys to successful implementation of a professional development program 10. The motivating informed decisions (MINDs) program
The University of California San Francisco BEST program for career exploration 11. MyCHOICE: Chicago Options in Career Empowerment 12. Better through BESST! Inge Wefes 13. Creating the "new normal: career development embedded into the Ph.D. curriculum for all trainees 14. The career cohort model: benefits to students, programs, and institutions 15. Vanderbilt's ASPIRE program: building on a strong career development foundation to change the Ph.D.-training culture 16. VT-BEST: shaping biomedical professional development programming across colleges and campuses 17. Across disciplines: multi-phase career preparation for doctoral students
Dr. Lorena Infante Lara, Ph.D., is the Communications and Social Media Manager for the Division of Basic Sciences at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. In early 2019, she completed her Ph.D. in Biochemistry in the lab of Neil Osheroff at Vanderbilt University. While working on her doctorate, she was selected to participate in the 2017 AAAS Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellows Program as a Spanish language fellow, and spent the summer writing science articles for lay audiences at Univisión Noticias in Miami. As a science communicator, she has experience writing about science for both scientists and general audiences, presenting to scientific audiences, and editing.
Dr. Laura Daniel, PhD, was the Associate Director and Program Manager of the NIH BEST Consortium. She facilitied the interactions between all 17 BEST sites by leading monthly teleconferences, organizing annual meetings, and maintaining the website and blog. Dr. Daniel is now a Staff Scientist in the Department of Rheumatology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center where she is a productive member of Cecilia Chung's lab. Her research focus is in the area of pharmacoepidemiology.
U1224 MRBIII Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, USA