By Suna Gulay, PhD
FelCom elected a new Basic Sciences Co-Chair in August: Congratulations to Dr. Katherine Reding of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Katherine has been a long time FelCom officer, as well as the NIMH IC Rep, and as such, she is very invested in improving the communication between IC representatives and fellows. As a reminder, you may always contact me to learn how FelCom can help improve your training experience here at NIH. Alternatively, join us for a meeting and see for yourself! We meet every first Thursday of the month (except July) at 4 p.m. in Building 1 Wilson Hall.
Changes to the trainee health insurance are coming up in November, as reported on this column in July. FAES will hold daily insurance orientations September 10 and 21 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Building 10 FAES Conference Room 1N241A. Upcoming changes will be discussed, so please attend to see how you are affected.
Fall brings with it new opportunities to join committees and gain leadership experience. The Career Development and Mentoring Subcommittees of FelCom are looking for new members:
- The Career Development Subcommittee offers excellent opportunities for expanding your network and organizing panels based on your career interests. Please contact me or my co-chair, Fany Messanvi (firstname.lastname@example.org), to join, or come to our next meeting on October 4 at 3 p.m. in Building 2, Room 2W15.
- The importance of mentors throughout your career is indisputable. The Mentoring Subcommittee aims to improve mentor-mentee relationships. It organizes related training events regularly. Please contact the co-chairs Gloria Laryea (email@example.com) and Fei Mo (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information or to join.
- Many other subcommittees, including the Service and Outreach Subcommittee, have new co-chairs and are starting to plan their events for the year. Explore the various subcommittees through the FelCom webpage: https://www.training.nih.gov/felcom.