FOR TRAINEES OUTSIDE THE NIH
The Office of Intramural Training & Education (OITE) is a division of the Office of the Director of NIH. Our mission is to enhance the training experience of students and fellows on all of the NIH campuses. More specifically we aim to help NIH trainees develop scientific and professional skills that will enable them to become leaders in the biomedical research community.
Many OITE workshops and science skills tutorials are now available online to trainees across the United States and around the world. In addition, trainees in the mid-Atlantic region are welcome to attend most OITE events in person. Finally, OITE presents workshops at the annual meetings of scientific professional societies. Please check out what the OITE and the NIH have to offer!
NOTE: all OITE activities and services are provided free of charge.
Examples of videocasts you will find on the OITE Web site, www.training.nih.gov, are
- Communication workshops
o Creating and Presenting Dynamic Posters
o Talking Science: Designing and Delivering Successful Oral Presentations
o Using LinkedIn Effectively
- Grant Writing I and II
- Job search skills workshops
o CVs and Resumes: Essential Job Search Documents
o Networking! Networking! Networking!
o Getting the Most Out of a Job Fair
o Planning for Career Satisfaction and Success
The site also includes series of workshops on the academic job search and the job search in industry, in addition to a series of "How-to" workshops that investigate different science careers available to doctorally trained scientists.
Two series, Getting to Graduate School and Getting to Professional (Medical/Dental) School target undergraduates and recent college graduates.
Visit this page for videos on topics including "Finding Your Research Home". "Establishing and Maintaining Networks:, "Resilience in the Job Search", "Interview Techniques", and more. A new video entitled Finding an NIH Mentor demonstrates the use of NIH databases to identify NIH investigators who work in a particular research area.
The OITE has also developed Webinars and guidelines covering a variety of science skills. Some of these, for example, Keeping a Lab Notebook, Attending Your First Scientific Meeting, and Lab Math I and II were designed with young scientists in mind. Others, specifically Guidelines for Writing Professional E-mail and Thoughts on Choosing a Research Mentor, will be useful to a wider audience.
Attending OITE Events
Guests are welcome at OITE events, unless a notice is posted to the contrary. If you are in the area, please consider attending. You can find a listing of these events under Upcoming Events on the OITE Web site. Please register as a "Guest" so that we can estimate audience size accurately.
Some events of particular interest are:
- The NIH Career Symposium, a day full of workshops and skills sessions designed to expose graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to the wide array of careers available to them, both at "the bench" and away from "the bench";
- The NIH Graduate & Professional School Fair attended by representatives of more than 100 graduate and professional schools interested in recruiting NIH trainees to their biomedical programs;
- Community College Day at the NIH, generally in early October; and
- The NIH National Graduate Student Research Conference, an event in October that brings competitively selected advanced graduate students to the NIH for two days with the aim of talking science and recruiting them as postdoctoral fellows.
Keeping Up with the OITE
The OITE has established a listserv (NIH-OITE-INFO) for individuals interested in being informed about OITE activities and resources. We anticipate sending updates several times a year. If you are interested, please sign up.
Two Exciting NIH Courses/Workshop Series available online
Medicine: Mind the Gap NIH Seminar Series
Medicine: Mind the Gap is a lecture series that explores issues at the intersection of research, evidence, and clinical practice-areas in which conventional wisdom may be contradicted by recent evidence. From the role of advocacy organizations in medical research and policy, to off-label drug use, to the effectiveness of continuing medical education, the seminar series will aim to engage the National Institutes of Health community in thought-provoking discussions to challenge what we think we know and to think critically about our role in today's research environment. Prior lectures include "Innovative Approaches to Clincal Trials" and "Communicating Possible Harms and Benefits of Treatment and LIfestyles". Find links to prior and upcoming lectures.
Demystifying Medicine, which is jointly sponsored by FAES (the Foundation for the Advanced Education in the Sciences) and NIH, includes the presentation of patients, pathology, diagnosis and therapy in the context of major disease problems and current research. Primarily directed toward Ph.D. students, clinicians and program managers, the course is designed to help bridge the gap between advances in biology and their application to major human diseases. Each session includes clinical and basic science components presented by NIH staff and invitees. Course materials, including links to videocasts, are available for 2005 to 2013 on the Demystifying Medicine Web site.
This Web site contains links to a two-day conference held in March 2010. The videocast sessions cover everything from choosing a career to getting tenure.
Learn more about training and career opportunities in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) disciplines funded by the NSF and NASA. Programs include summer research experiences, graduate fellowships, and postdoctoral positions. You can also sign up to receive program updates.