By Anshika Jain, PhD
Congratulations to FelCom’s newly elected Membership Secretary, Dr. Sara Young, and to the new Administrative Secretary, Dr. Danielle Sambo!
The NIH Career Symposium is being planned and is scheduled for May 8, 2020. Mark your calendars! If there are any speakers you would like to see there, please reach out to Dr. Lori Conlan (OITE) (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your suggestions.
FelCom is looking for someone to attend the National Postdoc Association (NPA) National Conference to be held March 27-29, 2020, at the San Diego Marriott Mission Valley. The NPA meeting is primarily focused on how to improve postdoc associations at your institution. They also have seminars on marketing yourself, conflict management, and other relevant topics. Please reach out to NIAID postdoc Dr. Helena Fabryova (email@example.com) if you want more information about the conference and/or would like to attend, contact Dr. Lori Conlan (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The liaison to the Training Director’s Committee, Dr. André Rose, announced that the committee is in discussion about next year’s health insurance for fellows. The committee wants to know fellows’ concerns—what fellows like and what fellows would like to see changed. Any comments that you have for the committee should be directed to Dr. Rose (email@example.com).
At the last ChildCare Board meeting, “Work-Life@NIH: A Supervisor’s Guide to Enhancing Workforce Well-being” was presented. This training will be provided three times in 2020, and you don’t need to be a supervisor to participate. For more information visit the Wellness@NIH website.
There is a new emphasis on including pregnant women in studies. If you are doing research that involves pregnant women as research subjects, please contact IRB Office staff early in the proposal development process. If you are developing a proposal that incorporates both novel clinical research and routine standards of medical care, there are different levels of detail concerning risks of participant participation. PIs and trainees should work with IRB operations staff to determine how much detail in informed consent documents is needed to accurately communicate risk information.
Some upcoming events to keep an eye out for include:
Symposium with the Division of International Services
Thursday, February 13, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Building 35, Room 640
In this four-hour symposium hosted by the Visiting Fellows Committee, officials will explain the visa process and J-1 waiver for international fellows and answer any questions or concerns. If you have a particular question you would like addressed, please reach out to the visiting fellows committee co-chairs Drs. Michael Buch (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Vrushali Agashe (email@example.com).
Medical Science Liaison (MSL) Panel
Tuesday, February 18, 3 – 5 p.m.
Building 35, Room 640
The audience will learn about MSL positions, and the panelists will give advice on how to transition to this career path.