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Online OITE Activities/Resources for Trainees

IMPORTANT NOTE: Information on OITE events is sent to trainees AT the NIH via the official OITE listservs: OITE-POSTBACS, OITE-GRADS, OITE-POSTDOCS, and OITE-TEMP-PERSONAL. If you are a trainee OUTSIDE the NIH, you will find events that are open to all listed below.

Another way to keep track of upcoming events offered by the NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education (OITE) is to check the Upcoming Events page on our office webpage regularly.

Events for Trainees AT the NIH

In addition to the workshops on wellness and career/professional development the OITE organizes for trainees at educational levels from high school through postdoctoral fellowships both at the NIH and in the extramural community, we organize small group wellness sessions with participation limited to NIH trainees, including

  • Discussions for Building Resilience, which focus on specific topics such as Trainees of Color or Managing Addictive Habits,
  • Mindfulness Meditation Sessions, and
  • Wellness Wednesday virtual lunch-time chats.

You can also learn about affinity group meetings including virtual NIH lunches of LGBT-Fellows and Friends, the NIH Chapter of SACNAS (the Society of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science), Fellows of All Abilities (FAAb), the Network of African-American Fellows at the NIH (NAAF) and MOM-DAD-DOCS MDs and PhDs with children.

Watch for Orientation and Q&A Sessions too.

Events for Everyone

The events that follow are all open to trainees everywhere; we look forward to your participation!

Career Planning for Scientists

September 14, 2020 1:30-3:00 pm
Recommended for: Postbacs; Graduate Students; Postdocs/Fellows; NIH Staff Scientists/Staff Clinicians
Speaker: Amanda Dumsch Langer, OITE Career Counselor

Understand how your personal interests, skills, and values contribute to your future career success. Topics to be covered include the importance of career decision making, learning styles, self-assessment, transferrable skills, defining success, personal needs, work/life balance, and articulating short-term and long-term goals.

A recording of a recent (identical) presentation can be found at the OITE YouTube page:

Becoming a Resilient Scientist: I. An Introduction to Resilience and Wellness

Recommended for: Postbacs; Graduate Students; Postdocs/Fellows; NIH Staff Scientists/Staff Clinicians
September 15, 2020, 2:00-4:00 pm

Speaker: Sharon Milgram, PhD, Director, OITE
Register here:

We all experience setback and disappointments in science, work and life. In this webinar we will look at seven key elements of resilience with a focus on building habits that promote healthier responses and resilient behaviors in the face of set-back in educational and work environments.

Choosing and Applying to Medical School

Rcommended for: Postbacs
September 17, 2020, 2:00-4:00 pm

Speaker: Elena Hernandez-Ramon, MD/PhD, Director, Pre-medical Program, OITE

Make your application to medical (or dental) school the best it can be. This workshop will address deciding where to apply, tips for completing the application, asking for references, and developing your timeline.

Workplace Dynamics I and II: Gaining Self-awareness; Communication Skills

Recommended for: Postbacs; Graduate Students; Postdocs/Fellows; NIH Staff Scientists/Staff Clinicians
September 18, 2020, 1:00-3:00 pm

Speaker: Lori Conlan, PhD

This experiential and engaging course, rooted in psychological type and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator assessment, explores themes of self-awareness and self-management.  Through exercises, lecture, and small group discussions, you learn about and validate your own type preferences and work and communication styles.   We will also focus on the particular challenges of communication, different learning and teaching styles, and the different influencing and interaction styles you encounter in any research group or workgroup.   


Fall Courses:

Complementary and Integrative Medicine:

The NCI Center for Cancer Training is pleased to announce that the Complementary and Integrative Medicine course will be offered in the Fall of 2020.

The course is designed to enhance and broaden the knowledge of evidence-based comprehensive integrative healthcare to improve the lives of patients, including those with cancer. Topics will be presented with research evidence, followed by clinical scenarios. Students will have the opportunity to better understand the current state of the science of each topic, as well as being introduced to cutting-edge advances in medical research. NIH staff, Postdoctoral and Clinical fellows are encouraged to participate. The lectures are open to the public.

Due to the pandemic, this year's course sessions will be conducted via WebEx ONLY. The lectures will usually occur twice a month – on Thursday afternoons from 3:00-5:00 p.m. – from September 17-December 10, 2020. Speakers will be representative of experts in their field, domestic and international, drawn broadly from government, academia, and the integrative medicine community.

There is no fee for this course.  Online registration is open until September 16.  Please register at


September 17
Course Introduction by D. Xi and IM Training Committee; Distinguished Lecture: Molecular Chaperones in Health and Disease by A. Horwich.

October 1
Nutrition, Physical Activity and Cancer by D. Abrams; Laughter and Medicine by P. Bennett.

October 15
Tai Chi by P. Wayne; Philosophy and Research in Acupuncture by W. Lu.

November 5:
Quality Control of Mitochondria and Parkinson's Disease by R. Youle; Music Therapy and Parkinson’s Disease by A. Pantelyat.

November 19
Sleep Research by S. Hattar; Circadian Clock and Cancer by B. Altman.

December 3
NIH ICU and COVID-19 Research by J. Strich; Mindfulness and COVID-19 by R. Ameli.

December 10
Natural Products International Research by F. Katz; Stress and Adrenergic Signaling by X. Cao; Toward Precision Integrative Oncology Research by D. Xi.

Trans-NIH Integrative Medicine Training Course Committee:
A. Berger, M.D.; T. Moody, Ph.D.; D. Shurtleff, Ph.D.; D. Xi, Ph.D.; and F. Zia, M.D.

Individuals with disabilities who need Sign Language Interpreters and/or reasonable accommodation to participate in this course should contact Dr. Terry Moody,, 240-276-7785, or Dr. Dan Xi,, 240-276-6143, and/or the Federal Relay (1-800-877-8339).

Principles of Clinical Pharmacology

Registration is now open for the 2020-2021 NIH Principles of Clinical Pharmacology (PCP) Course.

The PCP course is a free online lecture series covering the fundamentals of clinical pharmacology as a translational scientific discipline focused on rational drug development and utilization in therapeutics. Topics covered in the course include pharmacokinetics, drug therapy in special populations, drug discovery and development, and pharmacogenomics.

The course is free, self-paced, and entirely online through the PCP website:  

Registration is now open and course materials are available through August 1, 2021. A certificate of completion is awarded to participants who achieve a passing score on the final exam.

The course will be of interest to graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, medical and pharmacy students, scientists, and health professionals interested in expanding their pharmacology knowledge base. For additional information on the course, please visit the website above or contact the course coordinator at Please feel free to share the course information with any internal or external colleagues that you feel may benefit from the course.


Dr. William D. Figg & Dr. Lisa M. Cordes (NIH Principles of Clinical Pharmacology Course Co-Directors)

Individuals with disabilities who need Sign Language Interpreters and/or reasonable accommodation to participate in this event should contact Rebecca Hwang, NIH Office of Clinical Research,, 301-451-1468, and/or the Federal Relay (1-800-877-8339).

Clinical Research Training Course: IPPCR

Interested in expanding your clinical research knowledge base? Registration for the 2020-2021 NIH Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research (IPPCR) course is now open.

This free, self-paced, online course runs from September 1, 2020 to August 1, 2021. Graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, medical, dental, and pharmacy students, scientists, nurses, and other health professionals are encouraged to enroll now.

The IPPCR course is a lecture series from thought-leaders around the world covering: study designs; measurement and statistics; ethical, legal, monitoring, and regulatory considerations; preparing and implementing clinical studies; communicating research findings and other topics.

To register, please visit the IPPCR website at If you have any questions, please contact the course coordinator at      

Please feel free to share the course information website link with any internal or external colleagues. We aim to continue to make this course a national and international success.


Dr. John I. Gallin, Dr. Anne Zajicek, Dr. Lisa Cordes & Dr. Laura Lee Johnson (NIH Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research Co-Directors)

Individuals with disabilities who need Sign Language Interpreters and/or reasonable accommodation to participate in this event should contact Rebecca Hwang, Office of Clinical Research,, 301-451-1468, and/or the Federal Relay (1-800-877-8339).


The NIH OITE organizes an annual career symposium. We invite former NIH trainees (primarily postdoctoral fellows) and others who have pursued varied career paths to return to the NIH and share their experiences and advice. Sessions cover careers in academia and industry, both at and away from the bench, but they also explore jobs in areas such as science policy, science outreach, and curriculum development. For 2020, the May 8th event was held online.

The 2020 NIH Virtual Career Symposium is "gone, but not forgotten!" Relive the entire event on the OITE YouTube channel.



Each year more than 200 institutions send representatives to the main NIH campus in Bethesda, MD, to recruit NIH postbacs and summer interns to their graduate (master's and PhD) and professional (medical, dental, veterinary, pharmacy, nursing) programs. In 2020, the event ran from August 4th to 7th, entirely online, and 283 institutions participated.

The 2020 Fair consisted of (1) live workshops on getting to graduate and/or professional school (August 4th, 2020); (2) prerecorded workshops, panels, and interviews covering career paths in disciplines including public health, clinical psychology, and data science and discussing strategies for successful test-taking and stress management during application season; and (3) online exhibitor sessions.

The Fair is now over, but you can watch videos of the live panels and interviews on the OITE YouTube channel.

Check out the complete program for the Fair. It includes information on the individuals who participated in the panels/interviews and a complete list of participating institutions.

 2020 Virtual Summer Enrichment Program

In March 2020, the NIH made the difficult decision to cancel its Summer Internship Programs. In its place, we created a series of summer career and professional development workshops and made them available to trainees everywhere. Recordings of many of the workshops are available on the OITE YouTube channel.

Read a description of the program.

Access a detailed listing of summer events.