By Amanda Krause
The postbac orientation on September 19 was very successful. About 15 NICHD postbacs turned out for the event, which lasted an hour and a half. We discussed current activities that postbacs can become involved in at the NIH.
NICHD postbacs can shadow in Tuesday Genetics Clinics where they are able to learn from the Genetics team. They can attend Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Rounds or ICU Simulator Rounds where they observe fellows and members of a healthcare team react to patient scenarios using the “Sim Man,” or patient simulator. Another wonderful activity is Explore INN volunteering, where postbacs can perform age-appropriate science experiments with children staying at the NIH, and thereby stimulate their interest in science (see the article).
We also discussed career development opportunities through OITE and the NICHD Office of Education. Another great experience is writing for The NICHD Connection newsletter (this newsletter). During the meeting we talked about possible opportunities to interview outstanding scientists working at the NIH about their research or careers and then write an article about the experience in this newsletter. Finally, postbacs can volunteer on the NIH campus through Learning Ally by creating recordings of medical textbooks for the blind, dyslexic, or individuals with learning challenges.
One opportunity that many of the NICHD postbacs are taking advantage of is the Becoming an Effective Scientist Class where postbacs can learn how to analyze scientific articles over free pizza lunch, every Monday at noon throughout the fall (you can still sign up!). Jeff and I will have career development events in the future to help IRTAs prepare for graduate or professional school. If you are interested in becoming involved in any of these opportunities, please email Jeff (email@example.com) or me (firstname.lastname@example.org).