The NICHD Office of Education strives to help fellows succeed not only in their research and chosen career paths, but also in fellows’ overall life satisfaction. That’s why we’re kicking off the first issue of the new year with a focus on the most important aspect of our trainee community: your personal health and wellbeing, of which mental health is a critical component. Over the next few pages, you will find valuable resources available to you as NIH fellows. Please consider if you could benefit from any of the listed opportunities.
NICHD Office of Education Resources
Fellows make appointments with the NICHD Office of Education for a wide range of reasons. Since 2017, the office has held over 600 individual meetings with fellows. Professional school advice, career guidance, and grant writing support represent about 75 percent of appointments with the office. But other appointment topics include mentoring challenges in the lab, event planning for professional development activities, and orientation sessions (see pie chart, n=600).
The NICHD Office of Education is a great first stop if you have encountered a challenge with your training, especially if that challenge is causing mental angst or a decrease in your overall wellbeing. Please always feel free to reach out to Drs. Yvette Pittman or Erin Walsh if you need to talk, information below:
Yvette Pittman, PhD
Director, Office of Education
Erin Walsh, PhD
Program Manager, Office of Education
The NICHD Office of Education is located in Building 31, Room 1B44.
Beyond the NICHD Office of Education, fellows have access to a variety of NIH support services. Below is a list of offices, websites, and telephone numbers to keep in mind if you need help.
Office of Intramural Training and Education (OITE)
The OITE mission is to enhance the training experience of students and fellows on all of the NIH campuses.
Wellness Resources from OITE
For upcoming schedule of events visit Upcoming OITE Events.
- Tune In & Take Care: Managing Stress and Promoting Wellbeing
- Workshop: Becoming a Resilient Scientist
- Mindfulness Meditation Groups
- Wellness Wednesdays
- Resilience Groups
- Monthly Wellness Events
- OITE Blog Posts on Wellness
Information about these resources can be found at https://www.training.nih.gov/wellness.
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
The purpose of the EAP is to help employees and fellows deal with personal and/or work-related issues that might adversely impact their job performance, health, and wellbeing in a confidential and neutral manner.
The NIH Civil Program
The Civil Program’s mission is to foster civility throughout the NIH community. Contact the Civil Program if you become aware of a workplace situation involving uncivil behavior, such as harassment, sexual harassment, inappropriate conduct, intimidation, bullying, or other unproductive, disruptive, and/or violent behaviors.
The purpose of the Office of the Ombudsman is to reduce disputes and enhance conflict management at the NIH. They offer several services, including consultation, coaching, mediation, facilitation, and training activities.