By Suna Gulay, PhD
The FAES Board of Directors have approved the following changes to the trainee health insurance starting November 2018:
- 5% co-pay will be required for many services
- Infertility treatment will no longer be covered (currently 50% covered)
- 10% co-pay, up to $150 max, for specialty drugs. The deductible ($250/individual), out-of-pocket maximum ($2,500/individual) and the co-pay for generic and preferred drugs stay the same.
FAES points out that the new program is still more generous than comparable programs at other institutions. If fellows have concerns about potential future changes and co-pay increases, FAES liaison Eric Refsland encourages them fellows to contact the FAES Health Insurance Department and the Board of Directors.
Scientific Interest Groups are great ways to present your research to scientists with common scientific interests and learn about the latest research in your field. One of the newest additions to this list is the Neurobiology Interest Group. They are welcoming NIH fellow presentations on every aspect of Neuroscience—from molecular basics to behavioral studies. Follow this link to request the opportunity to present in the seminar series and to see the current seminar schedule.
NIH is a sustaining member of the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA), allowing all NIH fellows and employees to become affiliate NPA members for free. You can use your membership to access various career development resources, participate in committees, and get discounts on the NPA annual meeting (a great networking opportunity!). You can find more information on NPA membership benefits here. If interested, register here and select Affiliate Individual Member – Postdoc.
The new social media initiative aiming to gather all NIH postdoctoral and clinical fellows together has a tentative name: Bethesda Postdocs. Over the summer, FelCom members will begin testing the system and posting content. We are hoping to open this platform to all postdoc and clinical fellowsin September. If you are interested in being part of the planning phases of this initiative, while improving your communication and leadership skills, please contact FelCom Public Relations Subcommittee co-chair Alexis Carter.