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OITE and the Office of Intramural Research (OIR) have created a series of workshops and trainings to support NIH intramural investigators, both those on the tenure-track and those tenured, to manage and lead their research groups. Track 1: Supporting Successful Research Groups will highlight how to  build and support your research group by understanding communication, conflict and resiliency. Track 2: Developing Successful Training Experiences will discuss NIH policies, the  unique needs of various trainee levels, hiring the best people, and preparing your trainees to leave.

Note: These will all be recorded and available for post-event viewing.

While you may participate in any of the webinars, it is best to participate in the entire series as the material relates and concepts will be developed throughout the series.  Zoom links will be provided soon.

Dates/Times/Descriptions Below

Track 1: Supporting Successful Research GroupsDate/TimeRegistration
Understanding Communication and Work Styles in Research Environments December 4, 2020 11:00 am–1:15 pm Register 12/4
Helping Your Trainees Develop Resilience January 5, 2021 12:00–2:15 pm  Register 1/5
Building an Inclusive Research Group February 16, 2021 10:00 am–12:15 pm Register 2/16 
Difficult Conversations, Conflict, and Feedback March 15, 2021 1:30–3:45 pm Register 3/15
The Mental Health and Well-being of Your Trainees April 19, 2021 1:30–3:45 pm  Register 4/19
Track 2: Developing Successful Training Experiences Date/TimeRegistration
The Rules Governing Trainee Appointments and Finding Resources and Support Date TBA, early Jan  
Best Practices for Selecting and Hiring Trainees January 25, 2021 3:30–5:00 pm Register 1/25
Training/Mentoring Graduate Students and Postdocs February 22, 2021 3:30–5:00 pm Register 2/22
Training / Mentoring Postbacs and Summer Interns March 8, 2021 3:30–5:00 pm Register 3/8
Setting and Communicating Expectations April 13, 2021 3:30–5:00 pm Register 4/13
Preparing Your Trainees to Leave May 10, 2021 3:30–5:00 pm Register 5/10


Session Descriptions and Dates/Times

December 4, 2020 11:00 am–1:15 pm: Understanding Communication and Work Styles in Research Environments Register

Personal differences and work styles impact the way we communicate, take in information, make decisions, engage in conflict, learn, and plan our time. This workshop will focus on strategies for understanding our own styles and those of others and using that knowledge to reduce conflict while building and leading a successful research group.

January 5, 2021 12:00–2:15 pm Helping Your Trainees Develop Resilience

Resilience helps those in high-knowledge environments succeed. This session will address the ways in which trainees undermine their success, including cognitive distortions, negative self-talk and imposter fears. It will emphasize the importance of a growth as opposed to a fixed mindset and highlight what PIs can do to encourage and model not only resilience but also self-care and wellness in general.

DATE TBA: The Rules Governing Trainee Appointments and Finding Resources and Support

Part 1 of this workshop will discuss the IRTA Manual Chapter (https://policymanual.nih.gov/2300-320-7), which was revised in October 2020 and should be published soon. Knowing in advance what you and your trainees can and cannot do and where to find “the rules” will streamline the training experience. In Part 2, the discussion will turn to OITE services and resources and how you and your trainees can make the best use of them.

January 25, 2021 3:30–5:00 pm: Best Practices for Selecting and Hiring Trainees

Selecting a trainee who is a bad fit can disrupt an entire research group. This workshop will focus on what to look for in the application. We will also discuss interviewing potential trainees and assessing the scientific and interpersonal skills of the candidate and his/her “fit” with your group. Finally, we will explore strategies for building a diverse research group.

February 16, 2021 10:00 am–12:15 pm: Building an Inclusive Research Group

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 a more cohesive community and promote depth of scientific knowledge, creativity, and collaboration (https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-05326-3).  This session will address the effect of bias, both explicit and implicit, on our research group sand strategies for eliminating stereotype threat and micro-aggressions to ensure that our trainees are able to come to work as their best selves.

February 22, 2021 3:30–5:00 pm: Training/Mentoring Grad Students and Postdocs

This is the second in the series on improving the NIH experience of trainees. The first half of this talk will focus on graduate students. We will clarify the intricate workings of the NIH Graduate Partnerships Program and share what we know about the unique challenges of grad students at the NIH. In the second half we will discuss how you can help your postdocs meet their needs: understanding career options, building their scientific “brand”, transitioning to a new research group or becoming an independent investigator, and developing a plan for success

March 8, 2021 3:30–5:00 pm: Training/Mentoring Postbacs and Summer Interns

This workshop is the first in a series that will focus on improving the NIH experience of trainees at all levels. We will begin by discussing the application and selection process for postbacs and summer interns. We will then move quickly to (1) the training expectations for each population, (2) the limitations arising from both the nature of the appointment and the developmental stage of the trainee, (3) how other trainees in your group can benefit from the presence of these trainees, and (4) steps you can take to ensure a successful experience for both the trainee and the rest of your research group.

March 15, 2021 1:30–3:45 pm: Difficult Conversations, Conflict, and Feedback

This interactive workshop will build a practical framework for conflict management and providing feedback.  It will examine common challenges in research environments, based on participant experiences, and discuss the difficult conversations associated with conflict at the NIH: performance improvement, leadership struggles, and authorship questions.

April 13, 2021 3:30–5:00 pm : Setting and Communicating Expectations

As a PI, 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.

April 19, 2021 1:30–3:45 pm: The Mental Health and Well-being of Your Trainees

Our trainees operate under considerable stress, whether from the process of getting into medical/graduate school or finding an appropriate job. They report rates of anxiety and depression (~40%) more than six times the rate (6%) in the general population. This workshop will focus on helping trainees to cultivate well-being, recognizing stress and its effects on trainee mental health, supporting your trainees during difficult times, and finding professional help when necessary.

May 10, 2021 3:30–5:00 pm: Preparing Your Trainees to Leave

All good training must come to an end. We will discuss the conversations you will have with your trainees about authorship, taking projects with them, and career aspirations. We will also cover more practical considerations, such as writing letters of recommendations, 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.