Dear new postbacs,
Welcome to the NICHD! We hope that your year or two with us will be memorable while contributing to your academic and career goals. You are one of 42 postbacs in our institute, spanning buildings 10, 6, 18, 49, and others. Because you are dispersed, we hope to create opportunities that allow you to get to know one another.
Throughout the year, there are many valuable NIH-wide professional development activities offered through the central education office, OITE, and we also run programs of our own with the help of our postbacs representatives.
We encourage you to sign up for the NIH postbac listserv through OITE. And watch out for announcements for NICHD-specific activities, including our annual postbac course, “Becoming an Effective Scientist.” It starts on September 15th and runs over lunchtime, 12-1:30 pm, on Mondays in the Clinical Center. The intent is to create a small-group, comfortable environment that helps you to perfect your analytical skills while expanding your knowledge of experimental techniques. Also, we will have a welcoming session in October on possible volunteer activities, shadowing in our Tuesday Genetic Clinic, and more.
As you prepare for your next career move, we are available to work with any of you on applications and personal statements, if you need an additional pair of eyes and some editorial input. We also conduct mock interviews with you, when the time comes. We have a subscription for MSAR®, which is a suite of up-to-date guides produced by the AAMC for U.S. and Canadian medical school admission requirements. As a postbac trainee of our institute, it is available to you! Contact us if you would like to schedule an appointment for gaining online access.
Brenda Hanning and Yvette Pittman
Office of Education, NICHD