Our last “Life Outside Lab” column was in October 2020. That’s much too long ago! I’m pleased to announce that after more than two and a half years, the column has returned with a full spread of photos from last month’s NICHD trainee lunch on the South Lawn of Building 10.

“As it turns out, Francis Collins’ band was performing for a pediatrics group!” said Erin Walsh, PhD, Director of the Office of Education, in an email exchange about the event. “With the farmer’s market and food vendors very active, and the sun shining bright, I think everyone was glad to be out!”

That, to me, sounds like a lovely afternoon—and a great opportunity to chat with fellow trainees about their research and career ambitions. These trainee lunches are a fabulous way to meet other scientists and compare notes about the wealth of research and clinical opportunities available during and after NICHD training. Stay tuned for more trainee social events with the Office of Education this summer—planning is underway.

On professional development front, did you know that a medical degree (MD) isn’t your only option? For our feature article this month, we highlight the physician (PA) career field. Former fellow Leah Meuter describes what it’s like attending PA school at Stanford University School of Medicine. Learn about the benefits of a PA degree and what inspired Ms. Meuter to choose that career path.

We also have several great announcements, including TmT competition news, the monthly Rep Report, and a slew of July events to check out. And if you attend any more fun outings this summer, please send in photos. Let’s keep this “Life Outside Lab” column active!

Your Editor in Chief,
Shana R. Spindler, PhD

This newsletter is for NICHD fellows and by NICHD fellows. We want to hear from you! Please send your questions, comments, and ideas to our editor at shana.spindler@nih.gov.

Our last “Life Outside Lab” column was in October 2020. That’s much too long ago! I’m pleased to announce that after more than two and a half years, the column has returned with a full spread of photos from last month’s NICHD trainee lunch on the South Lawn of Building 10.

“As it turns out, Francis Collins’ band was performing for a pediatrics group!” said Erin Walsh, PhD, Director of the Office of Education, in an email exchange about the event. “With the farmer’s market and food vendors very active, and the sun shining bright, I think everyone was glad to be out!”

That, to me, sounds like a lovely afternoon—and a great opportunity to chat with fellow trainees about their research and career ambitions. These trainee lunches are a fabulous way to meet other scientists and compare notes about the wealth of research and clinical opportunities available during and after NICHD training. Stay tuned for more trainee social events with the Office of Education this summer—planning is underway.

On professional development front, did you know that a medical degree (MD) isn’t your only option? For our feature article this month, we highlight the physician (PA) career field. Former fellow Leah Meuter describes what it’s like attending PA school at Stanford University School of Medicine. Learn about the benefits of a PA degree and what inspired Ms. Meuter to choose that career path.

We also have several great announcements, including TmT competition news, the monthly Rep Report, and a slew of July events to check out. And if you attend any more fun outings this summer, please send in photos. Let’s keep this “Life Outside Lab” column active!

Your Editor in Chief,
Shana R. Spindler, PhD

This newsletter is for NICHD fellows and by NICHD fellows. We want to hear from you! Please send your questions, comments, and ideas to our editor at shana.spindler@nih.gov.