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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.

You can also sign up to receive weekly email notifications of upcoming virtual OITE events. Sign Up for OITE-INFO.

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.

Finally, you can visit the OITE YouTube channel to view recordings of prior workshops.

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,
  • Wellness Skill-building Groups,
  • Mindfulness Meditation Sessions, and
  • Wellness Wednesday virtual lunch-time chats.

Read more about OITE wellness resources and activities.

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

Happy New Year! The OITE is excited to welcome in 2021.

Next week we invite you to attend three workshops. Note that all times are ET.

  • Wellness and Setting Our Intentions for 2021 (January 11)
  • Career Planning for Scientists (January 11)
  • Becoming a Resilient Scientist Series: V. Feedback Resilience (January 12)

Wellness and Setting Our Intentions for 2021

January 11, 2021, 1:00-3:15 pm

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The OITE will hold our monthly webinar and small group discussion promoting mental health and well-being for scientists. The topic this month is Wellness and Setting our intentions for 2021. We will provide a broad definition of wellness, discuss strategies for dealing with obstacles that get in our way and explore a bit about mindfulness.  Wellness is so much more than the absence of disease and to do our best work, we really do need to develop our wellness and resilience practices. The culture of science is slowly changing to acknowledge, and even embrace, concepts of stress management, resilience and wellness. This webinar is open to NIHers and folks outside the NIH, including students, fellows, staff and faculty. Coming in February – dealing with anxiety and perfectionism; for info about up-coming webinars visit

Career Planning for Scientists

January 11, 2021, 1:30 pm-2:30 pm

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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. Speaker: Amanda (Dumsch) Langer, OITE Career Counselor

Becoming a Resilient Scientist Series: V. Feedback Resilience

January 12, 202,1 2:00-4:00 pm

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We all need feedback to grow and learn but we often become defensive and are unable to learn from the feedback we receive, even if it is delivered well. In this webinar, we will talk about why receiving feedback is so difficult and explore ways to stay calm and engaged when receiving feedback. We will also talk about giving feedback in a calm and assertive way so that our voice can be heard. Speaker: Sharon Milgram, PhD, Director, OITE.


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.