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  • Helping Your Students Thrive at the NIHbuild your career, shape the futureSharon L. Milgram,

  • ABSTRACTThe NIH intramural research program sponsors research training programs for high school, college and graduate students. It also sponsors postdoctoral programs in basic, translational, and clinical research. The NIH Office of Intramural Training and Education (OITE) sponsors workshops and educational programs to guide intramural trainees in their scientific and professional development. The workshops include writing courses, communication skills workshops, and leadership development programs. For college students and postbaccalaureate fellows, the OITE sponsors workshops on going to graduate and professional school. In a recent exit survey, over 50% of our postbacs were admitted to graduate school and 40% were admitted to professional school. NIH postbacd report that their time at NIH helped them define their career goals and opened their eyes to the importance of biomedical research regardless of their chosen career path. To insure that students have an outstanding experience at the NIH, university mentors and MORE Program Directors should encourage them to attend OITE orientation, download handbooks and the moving guide before coming to campus, meet their Institute training director and OITE staff, and participate in workshops throughout their internship.

  • The National Institutes of HealthThe Nations biomedical research institution

    Composed of 27 Institutes and CentersCampuses in MD, NC, AZ, MI, and MT Two divisions -- intramural and extramuralBasic, translational and clinical research

  • The worlds largest hospital devoted exclusively to clinical research, with:Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center 240 beds7,000 inpatient admissions a year 9,750 new patients a year 72,600 outpatient visits a year900 active clinical research protocols

  • The Intramural Research Community1100 Tenured/Tenure-track investigators1000 Staff Scientists/Staff Clinicians4200 Postdoctoral/Clinical Fellows485 Graduate Students100 Medical Students600 Postbacs1200 Summer Students

    . In ~1250 intramural labs

  • Summer Internship ProgramEight+ week research experience at all levelsHigh SchoolCollegeMedical/DentalGraduate (MS. PhD, PharmD, PsyD, etc)Many workshops and other educational opportunitiesAccess to pre-graduate advisingEnd-of-summer poster session

  • The Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP) Provides up to $20,000/yr to cover educational expenses for undergraduatesEligibility:U.S. citizen or permanent residentGPA 3.5Financial needMajor in a field relevant to biomedical researchPayback requirement: one summer and one year at the NIH as an employee for each year of support received

  • For recent college graduatesPostbac IRTA Program One - two year focused research experience in an NIH lab (on all campuses)Many workshops and educational programsPre-graduate and career advisingNIH AcademyA postbac program focused on domestic health disparitiesAll fellows live together near the Bethesda campus

  • The Graduate Partnerships ProgramStudents work in NIH lab for all or part of their dissertation researchPhD is granted by home universityTwo types of partnerships:Individual agreementInstitutional agreement

  • Positions in basic, translational and clinical researchFor US citizens and foreign nationalsMust be within 5 yrs of receiving doctoral degreeA number of competitive fellowships are available:Intramural Fellowship to Promote DiversityNational Research CouncilPRAT Program

    NIH Postdoctoral Programs

  • OITE Mission

    Helping trainees in the NIH Intramural Research Program develop scientific and professional skills to become leaders in the biomedical research

  • The Office of Intramural Training & EducationWe provide a comprehensive resource for career and professional development We aim to ensure that all NIH trainees: Have a scientifically productive experiencetake part in relevant career and professional development activitiesHave help planning and taking the next stepsHave a good timeAre supported during difficult transitions

  • What Do We Offer?Workshops and Series Written Communication SkillsOral Communication SkillsGrant WritingTeaching Skills and OpportunitiesLeadership and Management ProgramsCareer Advancement Toolkits Annual EventsCareer SymposiumCV/Resume SlamGraduate Student RetreatGraduate Student SymposiumSupport for FELCOM and GSC activities

  • CAT TRACKSAcademic Jobs SeriesPreparing Your Job PackageInterviewing in the AcademyNegotiating & Taking Care of Yourself Making the TransitionMentoring and Motivating OthersIndustry Job SeriesUnderstanding Industry On-line applications, Resumes, and Cover LettersInterviewing Outside the Ivory TowerTransitioning and Team ScienceCareers 101Career explorationGoal SettingInformational InterviewingNetworking

  • OITE Activities for PostbacsWorkshops and Series Basic Science WritingGoing to Graduate SchoolGoing to Professional SchoolScience Skills Development Career Exploration Brown Bag LunchesPersonal & Professional Development ProgramAnnual EventsPostbac Poster DayNIH Graduate and Professional School Fair

  • The OITE Career Services CenterHelp with career exploration/ career decision-makingIndividual assistance throughout the graduate school application process Review of CVs, resumes, and cover letters Review of personal statements and fellowship applications Advice and practice for informational interviewing Networking skill development Mock interviewsAdvice on developing assertiveness and interpersonal skillsHelp in self-exploration

  • Do NIH Postbacs Publish their Research?BloodAmerican Journal of PhysiologyImmunityJournal of BacteriologyNature NeuroscienceHuman Brain MappingJournal of Organic ChemistryJournal of Cell BiologyBioconjugate ChemistryJournal of Lipid Research

  • How the NIH experience Changed Postbac Educational/Career DecisionsDecided against a PhD and research careerRealized they loved research and decided not to pursue professional schoolWant to incorporate research into their clinical careerResearch focus changedClinical focus changedLittle changed - solidified previous goals

  • In Their Own Words:I found out that research is not what I want to do for the rest of my life. Nothing negative about the program, it just wasn't for me. The experience here helped me find that out, and I'm VERY grateful for that!I had a broad idea of what I wanted to study in graduate school, but was unsure as to what specific area. My experience allowed me to explore different areas of research and determine which topic I was most interested in.I was just going for a PhD and changed to MD/PhD.I decided to enroll in an MSTP geared more towards research. When I first arrived at the NIH, I was planning on pursuing an MD-only program.Before my fellowship I knew I want to be a clinician, and research was somehow secondary in my future plans. During my experience I have discovered the innate curiosity and the need for discovery I wasn't aware I had. I found out that my passion for research is as great as my passion for medicine, hence I applied to MD-PhD programs.No longer going into a research-related field. I have not enjoyed my research experience, or the dynamics in my lab, and I think I would be much happier in another field.

  • Helping trainees thrive at NIHOITE can help with application processAll should use the Selecting A Mentor workbookMoving Guide and trainee handbooks are on-lineOrientation is a key element to finding support and learning the ropes (OITE and in their Institute)They should get involved with the Postbac-IRTA Committee, GSC or FELCOM They should sign up for Club-PCR and other social listservesGive them my name and number and ask them to make an appointment shortly after they arrive (or e-mail me and I will contact them)

  • ****Patients at the CRC are all involved in clinical trials; all of their health care is provided free of charge.

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