By Annie Altschul
On October 8, NICHD’s postbacs gathered to meet one another and to hear about the various opportunities available to them during their time at the NIH. This article recaps some of the important information from the meeting.
NICHD postbacs are able to shadow physicians in the genetics clinic on Tuesdays, allowing them to review clinical cases and observe patient visits with the genetics team. Postbacs are also able to observe ICU Simulator Rounds, in which a healthcare team responds to various scenarios with the “Sim Man,” or patient simulator. If you’re interested in learning about research outside of your specific field of interest, a class called “Becoming an Effective Scientist” is currently being offered. Speakers from various programs in NICHD share their work during this interactive lecture series. Postbacs are also able to write and submit articles to this newsletter (The NICHD Connection).
In addition, we highlighted a few volunteer opportunities at the NIH for postbacs. Explore INN is one such opportunity in which postbacs can share their passion for science with a small group of children staying at the Children’s Inn by teaching them to do science experiments suited to their age. Learning Ally is another opportunity and involves voice recording science textbooks to be used by visually impaired students and those with other learning disabilities.
And finally, we talked about the various ways through which the NICHD Office of Education and the OITE are able to help postbacs with their future career plans. Career development resources are available throughout the year at the OITE, including career advising and mock interviews. These services and others are also offered specifically to NICHD postbacs through the NICHD Office of Education. The office will also host several programs throughout the year designed to assist postbacs in their career pursuits. For more information about career planning, please visit https://www.training.nih.gov/trainees/postbacs. If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please contact Annie Altschul (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr. Yvette Pittman (Yvette.Pittman@nih.gov).