By Suna Gulay, PhD
Dear NICHD fellows,
Exciting news this month! Many NICHD fellows joined the FelCom recently:
- Abhi Subedi (Burgess lab) became the FelCom liaison to the PRAT program
- Cynthia Abou Zeid (Kaler lab) was elected as a liaison to the NIH Child Care Board in summer
- Anshika Jain (Rouault lab) was elected co-chair to the FelCom Mentoring Committee in September
- Mona Wu Orr (Storz lab) was elected as a liaison to the NIH Women Scientist Advisors Committee
- Sara Young (Dever lab) became a co-chair to the FARE Award Committee in November
Congrats to all!
The FARE Award Committee is looking for new members! This is a group of fellows from various institutes committed to supporting and fostering research excellence. If you would like to gain peer review experience and learn how award-granting mechanisms work, please contact the co-chairs Sara Young and Helen Michael to join.
The Career Development Committee will host a panel on “Careers in Medical Affairs” on December 12, 3-5 p.m., in Bldg. 35, Room 640. Medical affairs cover roles such as medical science liaison, clinical liaison, regulatory reviewer, regional scientific manager, medical manager, and scientific affairs manager.
The Visiting Fellows Committee (VFC) regularly organizes networking events with postdocs and grad students from various DC area universities, including George Washington University and Georgetown University, and agencies (NIST, FDA, and NASA). You can follow these events through the VFC website. The next one will take place on December 7, starting at 6 p.m. at the Bier Baron Tavern in DC.
FelCom Social Committee and Public Relations Committee have created a Facebook group where any NIH postdoc or clinical fellow can join and share social event news, and a Google group for buying/selling/housing advertisements. While the groups are named “Bethesda Postdocs,” they are open to NIH postdoctoral, visiting, and clinical fellows from all Maryland campuses. You can request to join these groups using the hyperlinks above and answering a couple of questions to verify your postdoctoral appointment.
Please note that these are not NIH sponsored groups, nor are they endorsed by the NIH. You should not subscribe to these groups using your government email address. If you attend events advertised through these, you are not representing the NIH and should not represent yourself as such.
FAES fellows’ health insurance changes were implemented last month and will not be finalized until next year. On the positive side, the coinsurance decreased for out-of-network, outpatient mental health office and hospital visits (no coinsurance for office visits, 5-percent coinsurance for hospital visits). Prescription drugs and medical insurance will be subjected to a joint out-of-pocket maximum (bringing the total to $2,500 down from $5,000). On the negative side, infertility benefits have been discontinued for new patients (current patients will continue to be covered for 12 months). This is in line with the Federal Employee Plan and healthcare benefit plans of peer institutions. A 5-percent coinsurance has been introduced to several benefits. A copay has been introduced for ambulance benefits.
Please contact FAES for more details and for any questions you have. FAES will revisit these changes, especially regarding the infertility coverage, with scientific directors and training directors throughout the year.