Career Development Opportunities
Professional Skill Building Workshops
In years GS3-GS4, Scholars can participate in a 24-month series of monthly workshops. The CTSA Translational Workforce Development Program now offers a monthly “Learn, Discover, Lead” series of workshops on teaching, mentoring, leadership, communication, team/science collaborations, and laboratory management over 24 months.
All Scholars will be encouraged to participate in GMS 5905: Grant Writing course directed by Dr. Clay Matthews at the end of GS1. This 14-week course provides both didactic information on the grant funding process and the preparation of an effective application, but also produces some sections of an actual grant application. Most Scholars will apply for the F30 Award from NIH.
Career Interest Seminars
The bi-weekly MD-PhD Scholar meetings will feature speakers each year from academia, of course, but will also include scientists with careers in entrepreneurship/start-ups, industries such as Big Pharma, regulatory/government (e.g. FDA, NIH), science advocacy, and community outreach, and education.
Opportunities for Teaching and Mentoring
Scholars interested in teaching as a career goal should identify this interest in the Individual Development Plan and develop a plan to meet this need with their mentor in one or more didactic courses. Scholars may also gain hands-on experience mentoring undergraduate members of the American Physician Scientist Association (APSA) undergraduate chapter at UF.