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View a 508-compliant PDF of this issue here: NICHD_Connection_2016_08.pdf

By Yvette Pittman, PhD

Our fellows' advisory committee re-launched this year, and the monthly meetings have been a great success!

We have a common goal in mind: to improve the overall training experience for NICHD intramural fellows. As a group, we have many plans for the future. To start, we've established a list of relevant topics, from organizing social events to offering sessions that expose fellows to various careers in science. 

Since January, we have spent a fair amount of time brainstorming about professional development activities related to grant writing and communications strategies for difficult conversations, both in and outside the lab. One of our meetings even focused on ways to enhance our new annual progress report system for postdoctoral and clinical fellows. Since many fellows are interested in apply for external funding during their postdoctoral training, we are planning to create a website listing the many different competitive grant opportunities.

We are always looking for fellows within the institute who want to get involved. Both domestic and visiting fellows are encouraged to join; we welcome your input!

If you are interested in joining the advisory committee, please contact Yvette Pittman at yvette.pittman@nih.gov. We meet for one hour, the last Thursday of every month, at 3:30 pm in Building 31 on campus.