OFFICE OF GRADUATE STUDIES
May 8, 2014
ALL ACADEMICS AT UC SAN DIEGO
In an effort to better prepare graduate students and postdoctoral scholars for careers in the biomedical workforce, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced that they are encouraging institutions with any NIH support, regardless of the type of NIH grant, to develop an institutional policy requiring an Individual Development Plan (IDP) for every graduate student and postdoctoral scholar on NIH funding. The NIH notice also requests that effective October 1, 2014, researchers report the use of IDPs on the progress report (RPPR or PHS2590 section 5.1.6 for T32s) for each grant or fellowship.
Trainees' use of IDPs is expected to benefit faculty and the trainees because:
* Thinking about goals motivates the pursuit of those goals.
* Developing specific rather than general goals help trainees achieve them.
* Having a plan provides a structure for communication between the trainee and mentor.
* Developing career strategies leads to more responsibilities, engagement and better job satisfaction.
To facilitate the adoption of the new NIH guideline and improve the training program, the Office of Graduate Studies (OGS) and Office of Postdoctoral and Visiting Scholar Affairs (OPVSA) will be co-hosting a training workshop to introduce the campus IDP process, form, overview of training for postdocs and graduate students, and other resources. The intended audience for this training workshop is T32 directors, PIs, faculty who fund trainees on NIH funds, and their support staff/administrators.
Dates: (Choose one)
* Session 1: May 20, 2014
Time: 9:00-10:00 AM
Refreshments will be provided.
We strongly encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity by attending the workshop. We would appreciate if you would RSVP to Ginger Hazen: firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday, May 13, 2014 and indicate which session you plan to attend.
For campus IDP resources, visit
For the NIH announcement, visit