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Postdoctoral Training at NHLBI

Career Development Activities

Training at NHLBI is not just designed to provide the essentials of research, but recognizes that fellows need to acquire all the skills necessary for success, including skills in writing and presentation of research data, grant writing, and how to find the best position.

The NHLBI has an Office of Education specifically devoted to the career progress of fellows. An annual NHLBI Fellows Retreat allows fellows to present their research data and meet other fellows and also highlights career development issues. The Office also sponsors a monthly seminar series on career development.

The DIR Office of Education Fellows Advisory Committee assists the Office of Education in planning these programs. Fellows also gain mentoring and teaching experience by helping supervise the research of summer fellows and graduate students in NHLBI laboratories.

Fellows are encouraged to take courses at the NIH and involve themselves in patient care where appropriate. Courses available include computer courses and basic, advanced, and technical science courses in molecular biology, immunology, biochemistry, biostatistics, microbiology and clinical investigation. In addition, there are special programs and courses which provide skills for fellows in scientific leadership and career development. Support is provided for fellows to attend national and international meetings. Opportunities are also available to spend time with the NHLBI extramural program to learn how grants are awarded.

A monthly newsletter keeps fellows informed of the activities within NHLBI (Click here to download newsletters).

Last modified: December 29, 2005

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