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workshops and trainings for nih irp faculty, PIs, Staff Scientists and Staff clinicians

OITE and the Office of Intramural Research (OIR) have created workshops and other training activities to support NIH intramural investigators (PI) and staff as they manage and lead research groups.

This page is only for NIH Intramural Staff. There is a separate series for extramural scientists here

 

Raising a Resilient Scientist Series: Five units, covering communication, resilience, inclusivity, conflict and feedback, and trainee wellbeing, will help you to support your biomedical trainees. Each unit will explore ways to manage common challenges in research groups by means of a webinar (to watch in real-time or via a recording) and facilitated small groups designed to build a community to improve training at the NIH.  You are encouraged to attend the entire series, but each unit may be attended as a stand-alone. 

Tools for Managing Trainees Series: This series’ six webinars will help you increase your skills in interviewing, setting expectations, understanding the needs of postbacs, meeting the needs of graduate students/postdocs, writing letters of recommendation, and preparing your trainees to leave.

Coaching and case-study drop-in groups: OITE Wellness Advisors will facilitate drop-in groups where NIH intramural investigators, staff, and administrators can practice managing challenging situations encountered in their daily work with trainees. Participants will discuss both situations they have faced and case studies provided by the facilitators. Dates: Feb 8, Mar 8, Apr 5, May 3, May 31. Time 1:00-2:00 pm

Recordings and slides from this year's workshops are here (access is only available to those inside the NIH network)

Dates/Times/Descriptions Below

Raising a Resilient Scientists Units

Workshop Date

Small Group Dates (attend one)

Understanding Communication and Work Styles in Research Environments

Jan 25, 2022 
12:00-1:15 PM

Register

Jan 25, 1:15-2:15 PM

Feb 4, 11 AM-12 PM

Cultivating Trainee Resilience

Feb 22, 2022
12:00–1:15 PM

Register

Feb 22, 1:15-2:15 PM

Mar 4, 11 AM-12 PM

Building an Inclusive Research Group

Mar 22, 2022
12:00–1:15 PM

Register

Mar 22, 1:15 – 2:15 PM

Apr 1, 11 AM-12 PM

Difficult Conversations, Conflict, and Feedback

Apr 19, 2022
12:00–1:15 PM

Register

Apr 19, 1:15 – 2:15 PM

Apr 29, 11 AM-12 PM

The Mental Health and Well-being of Your Trainees

May 17, 2022
12:00–1:15 PM

Register

May 17, 1:15 – 2:15 PM

 

Tools for Managing Trainee Workshops

Date/Time

Registration

 

Beyond CVs: Selecting the Best Candidates without Bias

Dec 13, 2021
2:00-3:30 PM

 Register

 

Interviewing and Selecting Trainees

Jan 19, 2022
1:30-2:30 PM

 Register

 

Training/Mentoring Postbacs

Jun 1, 2022
1:30-2:30 PM

 Register

 

Training/Mentoring Grad Students and Postdocs

Jun 13, 2022
1:30-2:30 PM

 Register

 

Three Tools for Managing Expectations

Jun 27, 2022
1:30-2:30 PM

 Register

 

Preparing Your Trainees to Leave

Jul 20, 2022
1:30-2:30 PM

 Register

 

Workshop Descriptions

Raising a Resilient Scientist Series

  1. Communication and Work Style Differences in Research Environments 
    January 25, 2022, 12:00 -1:15 PM
    Discussions to deepen learning (pick one): Jan 25, 1:15-2:15 PM, OR Feb 4, 11 AM-12 PM
    Register
    Explore how communication and work style differences influence the way we collaborate, make decisions, handle differences, and manage conflict. This material will help you decide when and how to have conversations while building and leading a successful research group.
  1. Promoting Trainee Resilience
    Feb 22, 2022, 12:00 -1:15 PM
    Discussion to deepen learning (pick one): Feb 22, 1:15-2:15 PM, OR Mar 4, 11 AM-12 PM
    Register
    Resilience helps those in high-knowledge environments succeed. This session will address barriers to trainee resilience, including cognitive distortions and imposter fears. It will emphasize ways to encourage resilience in trainees, such as fostering a growth mindset, promoting realistic self-talk, and modeling self-care and wellness as a priority in your research environment.
  1. Building a Welcoming and Inclusive Research Group
    Mar 22, 2022, 12:00–1:15 PM
    Discussion to deepen learning (pick one): Mar 22, 1:15 – 2:15 PM, OR Apr 1, 11 AM-12 PM
    Register
    Building an inclusive research group means creating a space where individuals of all identities feel welcome and accepted. Inclusivity and diversity have been reported to help build community and promote depth of scientific knowledge, creativity, and collaboration. This session will address the effect of bias, both explicit and implicit, on our research groups and strategies for eliminating stereotype threat and micro-aggressions to ensure that all trainees are set up for success at work. (Related reading: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-05326-3).  
  1. Difficult Conversations, Conflict, and Feedback
    Apr 19, 2022, 12:00–1:15 PM
    Discussion to deepen learning (pick one): Apr 19, 1:15 – 2:15 PM, OR Apr 29, 11 AM-12 PM
    Register
    This unit will build a framework for having difficult conversations, including providing effective feedback.  It will examine how we decide to engage in difficult conversations and provide tools for effective communication under challenging circumstances. Specific issues, such as differences in style, appropriate boundaries, and managing challenging interactions will be reviewed.
  1. Promoting the Mental Health and Well-being of Biomedical Trainees
    May 17, 2022, 12:00–2:00 PM
    Discussion to deepen learning: May 17, 1:15 – 2:15 PM 
    Register
    Our trainees operate under considerable stress, with anxiety and depression in biomedical trainees occurring at higher rates than in the general population. This can have a significant impact on research and research groups. Leaders and mentors often are the first to notice the struggles of their trainees. The webinar will focus on structuring your environment to promote a well lab, recognizing stressors, supporting trainees during difficult times, and connecting them to resources when appropriate.

Tools for Managing Trainees Webinars

  1. Beyond CVs: Selecting the Best Candidates without Bias
    Dec 13, 2021, 2:00-3:30 PM
    Register
    Our preconceived notions and expectations often interfere with selecting the best candidate for a position. In this webinar, we will discuss cognitive biases and pitfalls that influence our judgment and decision-making in the hiring and selection process, from advertising the position to the final interview process.
  2. Interviewing and Selecting Trainees
    Jan 19, 2022, 1:30-2:30 PM
    Register
    This workshop focuses on the nuts-and-bolts of how to advertise a position, rank applications, interview, assess the scientific and interpersonal skills of the candidates, and select new trainees.
  1. Training/Mentoring Postbacs
    Jun 1, 2022 1:30-2:30 PM
    Register
    We discuss the postbac application and selection process, training expectations, the limitations arising from both the nature of the appointment and the developmental stage of the trainee, and steps you can take to ensure a successful experience for both the trainee and the rest of your research group.
  1. Training/Mentoring Grad Students and Postdocs
    Jun 13 , 2022 1:30-2:30 PM
    Register
    Help your postdocs and grad students meet their goals by understanding their needs in science, career, communication, leadership, teaching/mentoring, wellness, and ethics through the three phases of their time at the NIH. We will highlight the intricate workings of the NIH Graduate Partnerships Program.
  1. Three Tools for Managing Expectations
    Jun 27, 2022 1:30-2:30 PM
    Register
    Working successfully with a trainee depends on each side understanding and accepting the expectations of the other. This workshop will focus on three tools that can assist you in setting and communicating expectations: the “Welcome to my research group” letter, the Individual Development Plan (IDP), and annual reviews.
  1. Preparing Your Trainees to Leave
    Jul 20, 2022 1:30-2:30 PM (NOTE NEW DATE)
    Register
    All good training must come to an end. We will discuss the conversations you and your trainees will to have about authorship, taking projects with them, and career aspirations. We will also cover writing letters of recommendation and supporting your trainees during the interview, negotiation, and transition phases of their move to a new position.

 

For questions regarding this series, please contact the OITE at OITE@mail.nih.gov. Please include "PI Series" in the subject line.