Postdoc Training Curriculum

HMS/HSDM Office for Postdoctoral Fellows Core Training Curriculum
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We strive to offer timely and practical programming that adds value to the postdoc experience while evolving with the ever-changing training landscape. Our strategy has been to build a curriculum that enhances our postdoc’s research skills, career development, and social and personal skills while addressing specific issues of early, mid, and late career trainees. Throughout their tenure, fellows can participate in a curriculum of workshops, panel discussions, seminars, and networking opportunities designed to advance lab management skills, grantsmanship, communication, academic and industry career exploration, as well as work/life and cultural considerations.

EARLY POSTDOC

Postdoc Essentials
New Postdoc Orientation & Resource Symposium
The Individual Development Plan (IDP)
Making the Most of Your Postdoc
Bioinformatics BootCamp
Research Rigor & Reproducibility
Experimental Design
Selection Bias
Data Management Best Practices
Manuscript & Scientific Writing
Prep Strategies for Writing
Manuscript Boot Camp
Writing for Publication Course
Cultural Aspects of Writing
Professional Correspondence for Scientists

Responsible Conduct of Research
Research Misconduct | COI
Mentorship | Peer Review
Scientific Citizenship
Authorship and Publication
Collaborative Research
Data Management

MID POSTDOC

Communicating Science
Scientific Presentations and Talks
Scientific Storytelling
Distilling Your Message
Visualizing Data
Publishing Process
Grantsmanship
Finding Funding & Submission Process
Grant Writing & Specific Aims
Peer Review & Mock Study Section
Teaching & Pedagogy
Elements of Teaching in STEM
Scientists Teaching Science
Simmons Teaching Institute
Statements of Teaching & Diversity

The International Lab
Thriving in a Multicultural Lab
ESL Pronunciation & Communication 
Green Cards & Work Visas

Professional Development 
Postdoc Office Hours
Lunch & Launch Career Clinics
Leveraging Your PhD for Success
Take Control of Your Career

Building Professional Relationships
Time & Energy Management
Intro & Advanced Social Media
Effective Networking Strategies
Negotiation Skills & Principles
Conflict Resolution & Power Differentials
Social/Emotional Intelligence

LATE POSTDOC

Leadership & Management
Mentoring & Managing Up
Leadership & Management Skills 
Business Principles for Scientists
Managing Teams and Your Lab
Strategic Planning & Project Management

The Academic Job Search
Academic Teaching Panel
Postdoc to PI Panel
Pathways to Professorship for Postdoctoral Women
Preparing the Academic Job Package
Acing the Academic Interview
Negotiating the Academic Job Offer

The Job Search & Career Transition
Informational Interviewing
Crafting Your Application
Pathways to Entrepreneurship
Effective Job Search Strategy
Transition to Industry
Acing the Industry Interview

POSTDOC TIMELINE

Postdoc Timeline