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2020 National Postdoc Appreciation Week (NPAW)
at the NIH

OITE is celebrating postdocs, visiting, research fellows, and clinical fellows this week! Please join us for the events listed below and check this page often for surprise updates.

Special Appreciation Video

Comments from Francis Collins, MD/PhD, Director of the NIH and Sharon Milgram, PhD, Director, OITE. They suggest that EVERY week should be Postdoc Appreciation Week!


September 21, 12:00 pm (EDT)
Dr. Sharon Milgram, Director, OITE, will kick off the week’s events with a presentation on “Resilience and Well-Being”.

Postdoc Appreciation Week Blog Post



We also hope that you will be able to join us on Thankful Tuesday & Thriving Thursday to connect with other NIH postdocs and fellows. We want to learn about your cultures and traditions and your go-to professional and wellness strategies. Bring along your favorite beverage, and let’s chat.

Thankful Tuesday Drop-in

September 22, 3:00 pm (EDT)
What and whom are you thankful for? We are thankful for YOU! Come meet other fellows as we celebrate you.

Thriving Thursday Drop-in

September 24, 1:30 pm (EDT)
Join us to talk about thriving as a postdoc or fellow at the NIH. What are you proud of? What helps keep you grounded? We would love to know!

Fellows' Events for Fellows

Visiting Fellows Committee (VFC) and Bethesda Postdocs Game Night

September 23, 8:00-10:00 pm (EDT)

Want a good excuse to get to know more of your fellow fellows? Come test your skills at the second Game Night. This event is open to all postdoctoral, clinical,  research, and visiting fellows, as well as to graduate students.

VFC Social Networking Event

September 24, 7:00-8:00 pm (EDT)
The Zoom link will be sent out to the OITE-POSTDOClistserv in the regular morning email on September 24th.

Join us for a quarantine social networking hour for casual discussions and an opportunity to share any particular concerns you have as a visiting fellow at the NIH.

New VFC International Movie Club

September 25, 7:00 pm (EDT)
The Zoom link will be sent out to the OITE-POSTDOClistserv in the regular morning email on September 25th.

To bring together fellows from all nationalities, the VFC is launching the International Movie Club. This is a monthly event where everyone is welcome to learn more about other countries’ history, culture, victories, challenges, and language through the viewing of a movie chosen by that country’s representative and trainee community. Trainees will have two weeks to watch the movie on their own (on either Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu or the old fashion way of renting a DVD from the local public library, depending on the movie). Then we’ll get together over Zoom for an open, honest and respectful conversation about the movie and the country in question. JHopefully this will bring people closer and make us feel like we’re all together again.

This month's selection: The Indian movie Dangal (!!!

Synopsis: Dangal is the biography of a real life fighter Mahavir Singh Phogat who trains his daughters, Gita and Babita, to be world class fighters.



The National Postdoc Association is sharing a ton of events for you all week. Learn about mentoring, financial planning, and more. For the full schedule of NPAW events, please visit these links: calendar or events by category and day. Follow, tag, and share #NPAW2020 and @nationalpostdoc this week!

Thank You Notes to Postdocs

Here are some messages from folks you may know.

I appreciate NIH postdocs for their creativity, energy and enthusiasm for science. Also, for mentoring other trainees and supporting each other in the scientific space and beyond. One last thing I really appreciate is the attention many of our postdocs pay toward community service - from working on FELCOM committees to teaching and mentoring, on and off-campus. I feel our postdocs are a part of the generation of scientists who will help improve the climate of science because so many take leadership and management courses and work to broadly develop their communication skills and emotional intelligence. NIH postdocs are a amazing!
Sharon Milgram, PhD, Director, OITE

Postdocs are the lifeblood of NIH!  Though 2020 is a tough year for everyone, we've got your back.
Francis S Collins, MD/PhD, NHGRI, and Director, NIH

We appreciate the hard work and creativity from our NIH post-docs.  We will do whatever we can to help advance your careers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Michael Gottesman, MD, NCI and Deputy Director for Intramural Research, NIH