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Information for Postbacs

Clinical Shadowing Program: Genetics Clinic

Observe in the Genetics Clinic

Graduate Partnerships Program

Fellows interested in graduate school can participate in the Graduate Partnership Program.

The Graduate Partnerships Program (GPP) links the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to national and international universities in the training of graduate students. You get the best of both worlds - the academic environment of a university and the breadth and depth of research at the NIH. A different kind of graduate experience emerges, one which focuses on training the next generation of scientific leaders by accelerating communication and collaboration skills. Over 450 graduate students, representing more than 100 universities world-wide, work and study at the NIH.

Postbac Course

Broad view from clinical center to research labs

Simulator in the Clinical Center

Used to train critical care fellows

  • Selected Mondays at 1:00 PM
  • Limited to 5 people at a time
  • Contact Brenda Hanning

Volunteering opportunities / Participating in clinical trials

To schedule a special meeting early in September

  • Be a healthy volunteer for a study
    Compensation according to degree of inconvenience
  • Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, on-campus studio for recording scientific textbooks
  • Patient Ambassador program .

FAES Courses

Lab mentor/Principal Investigator may cover the cost, or you have to pay yourself

You Tube Video Project:

  • Number of projects? Small, to start
  • Determine who would like to get involved
  • Key: what topics do we want to focus on? You had mentioned mass spec. Perhaps something with mice (our animal care people interested!), more general about being a postbac, or pipetting in context (Hi, I'm X and I work in the lab of Z. This is what we do, this is how, and this is why...). See what people attending the meeting propose...
  • Identify a postdoc to work as scientific adviser
  • Post on a new NICHD You Tube channel, perhaps embed on our web site, cross-list with main NIH pages? To be determined
  • cross-check to see we are not duplicating projects already on their site (which could become a publication venue for what our postbacs/team does...?)
  • Videotape, with Jeremy Swan's team, a few "how to" items in the one lab, to save on time and lighting set-up? Just let the camera roll for an extended period of time/
  • Option to add 3-D animation by the Biovisualization team
  • Need for an outline or script
  • Option for the presenter to work one-on-one with Scott Morgan, our public speaking coach, before the actual shoot

Video Examples


NIH/gov YouTube channels


ClubPCR was formed to provide opportunities for young scientists on the NIH campus to meet one another, socialize and get involved with the community. The club is part of the Recreation and Welfare (R&W) Association. Although the club is for all young scientists, the primary focus is to organize social and community activities for Post baccalaureate, Technical and Pre-Doctoral IRTAs. Our activities include weekly social gatherings at local restaurants, tours of foreign embassies, and community events. Anyone is welcome to attend or help plan an event. We are always looking for new ideas and new ways to get people together.

Scientific Interest Groups at the NIH

NIH Inter-Institute Interest Groups are assemblies of scientists with common research interests.

Biological Visualization Interest Group

Visualization of anatomical, cellular and molecular concepts is an efficient method of communicating information. Creating animations and interactive applications is getting easier and faster, but requires efficient interaction of technological specialists and content experts. The purpose of the Biological Visualization Interest Group is to build a community centered on sharing resources and providing feedback to help improve the quality and efficiency of creating content. Meetings serve as a venue to highlight animations, demonstrate visual and interactive technologies and to create a forum for discussion and direct feedback.