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Prior OITE  Workshops


The NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education (OITE) has recently offered the following virtual workshops You can find additional information on our programs on Twitter @NIH_OITE and @SHARONMILGRAM and by visiting our website https://www.training.nih.gov.

Closed-captioning takes a few days. Once it’s completed, videos of these workshops will be posted in a more accessible form on the OITE YouTube channel. (Sometimes an earlier version of the same workshop will be available instead.)


 

NEW WELLNESS RESOURCES DEVELOPED/COLLECTED IN RESPONSE TO THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK



Self-Advocacy for Scientists
 (4-13-20)

Sharon Milgram, PhD, Director, OITE

Learning to advocate for yourself is a skill that all scientists should acquire. We will discuss how to set boundaries, communicate expectations, and assert yourself in research groups.

Strategies and Tools for Dealing with Stress during the Coronavirus Pandemic (4-14-20)

Laurie Chaikind McNulty, LCSW-C, Wellness Advisor, OITE, NIH

Join us to talk about resilience in this time of stress and uncertainty. Topics covered include shifting and rebuilding routines, dealing with loneliness and distance from our support networks, balancing demands of family and work, news coverage overload, and handling uncertainty and worry about our work and science goals.

Stress Management and Wellness for Scientists (4-14-20)

Michael Sheridan, PhD, OITE Special Advisor for Diversity and Wellness Programs

Learning how to practice healthy self-care has never been more important than it is now during the COVID-19 health crisis.  Every aspect of both our work and personal lives has been affected and we're struggling to figure out how to live as best we can in this "new normal."  This workshop will give you tools for not only managing stress, but also supporting your own wellbeing during this difficult time.  The presentation will cover the importance of recognizing your own stress signals, the difference between responding vs. reacting to stress, and the roles of mindfulness and self-compassion in self-care.  You will also be able to complete a self-care assessment and begin the process of developing an individualized self-care plan.

Supporting Yourself and Your Trainees during the Coronavirus Pandemic (4-14-20)

Annie Scheiner, LCMFT, OITE Wellness Advisor

While we all want to be highly productive during this period of self-quarantine, the reality for us and for our trainees and research staff may be very different. We are stressed, they are stressed, and all of us are dealing with unique issues that impact our ability to be productive at this time.  In this workshop we will provide PIs, program leaders and research group heads with insights and strategies for supporting themselves, their trainees and staff during this difficult time. 

 

NIH-OITE Wellness Workshop  for All Trainees: Strategies and Tools for Dealing with Stress During the Coronavirus Pandemic (3-27-20) 

Laurie Chaikind McNulty, LCSW-C

OITE Wellness Workshop  for NIH Trainees: Managing the Stress and Anxiety around COVID-19 (3-27-20)

Kelly Donahue, PhD
(NOTE: the workshop title on the registration screen is incorrect. Continue to watch this workshop.)

Becoming A Resilient Scientist: Setting Reasonable Expectations And Healthy Boundaries For Ourselves And With Our Supervisors (4-1-20)

Sharon Milgram, PhD, Director, NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education
(NOTE: this workshop doesn't begin until about 4 minutes into the recording.)


The SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline

is 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support for people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.


The National Domestic Violence Hotline: Get Help Today, 1-800-799-7233

If staying home with your partner or family exposes you to mistreatment, or simply high levels of interpersonal stress, call 1-800-799-7233 voice, 1-800-799-7233 TTY. The National Domestic Violence Hotline can help victims/survivors of domestic violence. You can also chat online or text LOVEIS to 22522. Support is available in dozens of languages.


Guide to Living with Worry and Anxiety Amidst Global Uncertainty (English Version)

This guide is available in dozens of languages.


Online OITE Workshops

 

Developing Feedback Resilience

Sharon Milgram, PhD, Director, OITE
April 20, 2020, 90 minutes
ONLINE - https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5063381194366246157

Being resilient around feedback is a critical skill to learn. Learn how your responses to feedback influence your ability to succeed in your career.

Industry Careers Overview and Job Packages

Brad Fackler, OITE Industry Advisor"
April 21, 2020, 90 minutes
ONLINE -  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/967223193073492749

A key difference between industry and academia is that in industry you are expected to produce something of value to your company and the shareholders - this is the business side of science.  A PhD scientist can assume numerous roles in an industry setting. This session will highlight these career opportunities and provide insight into how to position yourself (including building your resume and cover letters) to be competitive for these jobs.

Picking the Perfect Postdoc

Lori Conlan, PhD, Director, OITE Office of Postdoctoral Services
April 22, 2020, 90 minutes
ONLINE  -https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7418455936444557581

This session is for graduate students pondering postdocs (or postdocs considering an additional postdoc). We will talk about finding research groups, applying, and being successful as a postdoc.

Academic Job Search: Applying

Sharon Milgram, PhD, Director, OITE
April 23, 2020, 2 hours
ONLINE - https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3209253845945991693

This session will address preparing early to be ready for faculty positions during the upcoming fall application cycle. We will also discuss the impact of the current emergency on the faculty hiring cycle. Topics covered in this session include: finding job opportunities, assessing your goals, and preparing your application packet.

Traditional Journal Publishing

Chris Gunter, PhD, Senior Advisor to the NHGRI Director on Genomics Engagement
April 24, 2020, 1 hour
ONLINE - https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3529116072117091597

Traditional journal publishing: Instead of trying the spaghetti-sticking approach or impact factors, let’s talk about the best ways to identify a journal for your manuscript, and then how to navigate the submission process. We will look at several levels of journals and discuss pros/cons of each, along with the hidden importance of cover letters and how to appeal decisions you don’t agree with.

Essential Leadership Skills for Scientists

Sharon Milgram, PhD, Director, OITE,
April 27, 2020, 2 hours
ONLINE: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6544636662455701517

Gain leadership skills as a scientist. We will discuss understanding yourself and how you relate to others. Good communication skills and developing your emotional intelligence.

CVs, Resumes, and cover letters: Essential Job Search Documents

Lori Conlan, PhD, Director, OITE Office of Postdoctoral Services
April 30, 2020, 1 hour
ONLINE: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2703558761517900045

This workshop will highlight the critical elements and structure of CVs and resumes and cover letters. These important job documents serve as the foundation for all job searches, and knowing how to create them based on the employment sector and published position description is essential.

Pre-/post-publication peer review

Chris Gunter, PhD, Special Assistant to the NHGRI Director for Genetics Engagement
May 1, 2020, 1 hour
ONLINE: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2887543340728422413

Pre-/post-publication peer review: You do a study, you write up the paper, and then you publish it. That’s it, right? Not so fast: peer review has always been a recurring step in the scientific process, but methods to do so are even more widespread than ever. We will talk about benefits and challenges of using preprint sites like bioRxiv, and the wide world of peer-reviewed feedback after publishing your manuscript.

Informational Interviews: What? How? Why?

Speaker, Amanda Langer, NCC
May 4, 2020, 1 hour
ONLINE: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2973887989168105739

While focusing on networking generally, this workshop will specifically outline steps you can take to begin conducting informational interviews now. These networking conversations can be an effective research tool and often help give you the most current and specific information about a field. Come learn tips on how to get the most out of your informational interviews!

Managing Up to Maximize Mentoring Relationships

May 6, 2 hours
Speaker, Sharon Milgram, Director. NIH OITE
ONLINE: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5846474266919261195

This workshop will explore the relationship between trainees and research mentors/supervisors with the goal of providing strategies for improving communication and interpersonal interactions. The workshop will help participants clarify what they need from their supervisors and mentors and how to ensure that they get what they need.

Industry Careers in MarylandMay 12, one hour

Speaker: Brad Fackler, OITE Industry Advisor
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2779431661369457679

Our industry advisor will discuss the landscape of the bio industry in Maryland. What companies are here, how do you find them, and how do you position yourself for a job in these companies.

Sharpening Your Mentoring SkillsMay 13, 2020, 2 hours

Speaker: Sharon Milgram, PhD, Director, OITE
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5436328942107035152

Though mentoring can be a very rewarding experience, it also has its challenges. This workshop will provide you with insights into ways to enhance students learning and to help you set your student up for success. We will discuss setting expectations providing feedback, setting boundaries and assessing student learning. We will also talk about psychosocial issues impact student learning and provide you will tools to assist students in dealing with their imposter fears and other barriers to success.

Industry Careers in MarylandTuesday, May 12, 2020 4:00, one hour

Speaker: Brad Fackler, OITE Industry Advisor
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2779431661369457679

Our industry advisor will discuss the landscape of the bio industry in Maryland. What companies are here, how do you find them, and how do you position yourself for a job in these companies.

Sharpening Your Mentoring SkillsWednesday, May 13, 2020, 2 hours

Speaker: Sharon Milgram, PhD, Director, OITE
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5436328942107035152

Though mentoring can be a very rewarding experience, it also has its challenges. This workshop will provide you with insights into ways to enhance students learning and to help you set your student up for success. We will discuss setting expectations providing feedback, setting boundaries and assessing student learning. We will also talk about psychosocial issues impact student learning and provide you will tools to assist students in dealing with their imposter fears and other barriers to success.

Workplace Dynamics I and II: Gaining Self-awareness and Communication SkillsFriday, May 15, 2020, 90 minutes

Speaker: Lori Conlan, PhD, Director, Office of Postdoctoral Services
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/894485001787568400

Let's explore themes of self-awareness and self-management. We will discuss your preferences, work, and communication styles that influence interactions you encounter in any research group or workgroup. 

Sharpening Your Mentoring Skills - PART 2 

May 18, 2020, 2 hours
Speaker: Sharon Milgram, PhD, Director, OITE
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/217951099340356875

This session did not quite finish in Part 1 (watch part 1 here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5436328942107035152), We will wrap up this workshop here in Part 2 (https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/217951099340356875)

Though mentoring can be a very rewarding experience, it also has its challenges. This workshop will provide you with insights into ways to enhance students learning and to help you set your student up for success. We will discuss setting expectations providing feedback, setting boundaries and assessing student learning.We will also talk about psychosocial issues impact student learning and provide you will tools to assist students in dealing with their imposter fears and other barriers to success

Networking

May 21, 2020, 45 minutes
Amanda (Dumsch) Langer, MA, OITE Career Counselor
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1547411290397239054

Did you attend the Career Symposium and now know you need to network, but just do not know how? Find out how to expand and maintain your network. This session will also explore using social media, especially LinkedIn, to advance your job search.

Workplace Dynamics III-Conflict and FeedbackMay 22, 2020, 90 minutes

Lori Conlan, PhD, Director, Office of Postdoctoral Services
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6229511132976427787

This workshop provides an accessible framework for conflict management and giving and receiving personal feedback.

Moving from Bystander to Upstander: Take Action to Combat Harassment and Aggression

May 26, 2 hours
Speaker: Terrence Winston
https://videocast.nih.gov/watch=37765

We are excited to provide a virtual bystander training program to empower trainees and other members of the research community to speak up and intervene when we witness bullying, incivility, microaggressions, or hate speech. We will address issues experienced in research groups, specifically the rise of microaggressions and hate speech related to the coronavirus pandemic.

Resilience in the Job Search, Work, and in Life

May 27, one hour
ONLINE: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1921138591367707660
Speaker: Denise Saunders, PhD, OITE Career Couselor

Finding ways to stay positive, optimistic, and productive are important characteristics of an effective job seeker.  This workshop focuses on building confidence during your search, enhancing optimism and resilience, and challenging yourself to find value in experiences that don’t go as planned.  We will share strategies and resources for maximizing successes, reducing uncertainty and minimizing disappointments in the job search, at work, and in all areas of life.

Career Planning for International Scientists

June 02, 2020,  one hour
ONLINE: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/728655559037778701
Speaker: Lori Conlan, PhD, Director, Office of Postdoctoral Services

This session will touch on career planning topics specific to international trainees. We will talk about how to get the most out of your time at the NIH, how to plan your transition to a position after your NIH stay ends, and common concerns that we hear in the OITE from our international fellows. We will cover topics for visiting fellows wanting to stay in the US and those looking for a job outside of the US (i.e., returning to their home country or another country).

Collaboration Skills for Scientists

June 03, 2020, one hour
ONLINE: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1374754979798034701
Speaker: Sharon Milgram, PhD, Director, OITE

Navigating collaborations means your research can span disciplines and leverage diverse talent and resources. This session will discuss communication and logistics strategies to manage effective collaborations.

Navigating Transitions

June 05, 2020, 90 minutes
ONLINE: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6270346995145099533
Speakers: Sharon Milgram, PhD, Director, OITE; Laurie Chaikind McNulty, OITE Wellness Advisor

Transitions abound in life, from starting new projects and joining new research groups or schools to coming back to work after the stay at home orders lift. Learn to manage your stress and expectations as you move ahead in life

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

June 9, 2020, 90 minutes
ONLINE: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7691069949837368848
Speaker: Sharon Milgram, PhD, Director, OITE

We all experience setback and disappointments in school, 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.
This is part of our summer Becoming a Resilient Scientist Series 9 Week—the full schedule is pasted below.

Essential Leadership Skills for Future Scientists and Health Care Professionals

June 11, 2020, one hour
ONLINE: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/439209123003589904
Speaker: Lori Conlan, PhD, Director, Office of Postdoctoral Services

Gain leadership skills as a scientist. We will discuss understanding yourself and how you relate to others. Good communication skills. Developing yourself as a leader without power.  This session is specifically for scientists at the undergraduate level.

Virtual Interviews

June 12, 2020, one hour
ONLINE: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2961034698923073291
Amanda (Dumsch) Langer, OITE Career Counselor

This session will help you to navigate the interview process, and will focus on how to succeed in virtual interview formats. We will discuss common interview questions and how to succeed using the Situation-Action-Response method.

NIH Career Development Series fo High School Studens and Recent Graduates: I. Applying to College 

June 15, 2020, 90 minutes
Speaker: Kristen Zukosky, PhD, College and Curriculum Adviser, OITE
Event Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8554791309036914448

As you start thinking about applying to college, there are clear ways to make your applications—and yourself—stand out. Learn how to plan for and succeed at the application process. We will discuss how to choose and apply to colleges, find scholarships, write personal statements, and prepare a college interview.

Note: Students who attend at least five workshops will be eligible to receive a certificate of completion.

Read more about the NIH Career Development Activities/Resources for High School Students.

What You Can Do in College to Enhance Your Chances of Getting into Medical or Graduate School

June 16, 2020, one hour
Speaker: Natasha Lugo-Escobar, PhD, Program Analyst, OITE
Event Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2075396774343651088

If you are heading back to school soon, you may be asking yourself how to use that time wisely. What should you do during those 4 years of college to make yourself competitive for medical (or dental) school or graduate school?  Make certain you are prepared for your future career decisions.

NOTE: High school students (and recent graduates) are encouraged to participate in the NIH Career Development Series for High School Students and Recent Graduates, Part VI: Success in College on July 27, 2020, instead of this workshop.

Career Planning for Scientists

June 18, 2020, one hour
Speaker: Amanda (Dumsch) Langer, OITE Career Counselor
Event Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6518637611395788560

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.

NIH Career Development Series for High School Students and Recent Graduates: Ii. Leadership: Self Awareness and Relationships with Others

June 22, 2020, 90 minutes
Speaker: Erika Barr, PhD, Director, Community College Programs
Event Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2341000300707406096

We each bring our unique personalities and work styles to the classroom, lab, workplace, and home. Understanding your style and appreciating that others have different styles can enhance your interactions and help you succeed. This workshop will explore differences in personalities and work styles that impact the way we communicate, take in information, make decisions, engage in conflict, learn, and plan our day. The workshop will include group activities and hands-on experiences related to working successfully in educational and research team environments.

Note: Students who attend at least five workshops will be eligible to receive a certificate of completion.

Choosing and Applying to Medical School

June 23, 2020, 90 minutes
Speaker: Elena Hernandez-Ramon, MD/PhD, Director, Pre-medical Program, OITE
Event Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4870773146568853008

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.

Research Careers in the NIH Intramural Research Program

June 23, 2020, one hour
Speakers: Roland A. Owens, PhD, NIH/OIR Director of Research Workforce Development; Charles Dearolf, PhD, NIH/OIR, Director of Program Development and Support
Event Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/838946471367771405

Explore doctoral-level biomedical research career opportunities within the NIH Intramural Research Program (http://irp.nih.gov/).  A large portion of the talk will focus on tenure-track principal investigators. Other job opportunities, such as staff scientist, staff clinician, associate clinical investigator, biologist, contract positions, and others will be discussed. We will highlight where advertisements can be found, application timelines, and evaluation criteria.

This session will not cover training (summer interns, postbacs, grad students, postdocs, research fellows, clinical fellows)

Summer Lecture Series I: The Connective Tissue Connection

June 23, 2020, one hour
Speaker(s): Helene Langevin, MD, Director, National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
First in the series of lectures specifically arranged for trainees in the NIH Summer Internship Program.

Event Link: https://nih.webex.com/nih/onstage/g.php?MTID=e555b045c460dcf580c440da7e0707e97

Becoming a Resilient Scientist Series: II. Exploring Our Self-talk: Cognitive Distortions and Imposter Fears

June 24, 2020, 90 minutes
Speaker: Sharon Milgram, PhD, Director, OITE
Event Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2321688478477168912

We tell ourselves stories about what is happening to us and around us. In this webinar we will explore how our self-talk is generated and look at ways our self-talk can either help us be more resilient or how it can hurt us and hold us back. We will look at two important elements of our self-talk, cognitive distortions and imposter fears and explore ways to recognize internal messages and input from others that distorts our views of our abilities and accomplishments.

Industry: The Organization of Business

Monday, June 29, 2020, one hour
Speaker: Brad Fackler, OITE Industry Advisor
Event link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/225392594771868940

Are you thinking about a career in industry but do not know how businesses operate? This workshop examines the critical functions common to all companies and how those companies are organized to optimize the performance of these functions. We will cover the various positions and roles, specifically within R&D organizations, to illustrate where the job titles that you see in job advertisements fit into the overall organizations of the companies. In addition, you will be introduced to common terminology used within each of the organizational functions (such as defining a matrix team). This workshop will help you be more prepared and savvier during your interviews for industry positions by having a better comprehension of the terms and organizational structures used in business environments.

NIH Career Development Series for High School Students and Recent Graduates: III. Effective Communication in Research Environments

Monday, June 29, 2020,  90 minutes
Speaker: Laura Marler, PhD, Student Services Coordinator, NIH GPP
Event link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1731939028640466448

Good communication is a key success factor in science and all careers. The workshop will cover both written (such as effective email) and verbal (networking and elevator talks) forms of communication. Communication also includes listening skills, such as receiving feedback without feeling criticized. Join us to learn both valuable skills to enhance your professional image and strategies for meeting NIH expectations for professional behavior.

Note: Students who attend at least five workshops will be eligible to receive a certificate of completion.

Choosing and Applying to Graduate School

Tuesday, June 30, 2020, two hours
Speaker: Sharon Mlgram, PhD, Director, OITE
Event link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2856600885390236944

This workshop will provide tips on choosing and applying to a graduate school/program.  This workshop does not cover the GRE or interviewing. Writing personal statement will be the subject of a later workshop.

Networking, Informational Interview, and Using LinkedIn for Career Advancement 

Thursday, July 2, 2020, one hour
Speaker: Phil Ryan, PhD, Deputy Director, GPP
Event link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1604415471027782160

Networking, including both online (important when you don't live close) and in-person networking, is an important component of successful career building. A second key component is managing your network. We will dive deeper into managing networks, covering topics that include identifying career advocates, interacting with colleagues, and building meaningful long-term communication. Additionally, we will discuss how to building your mentoring network.

Career Development Series for High School Students and Recent Graduates: IV. Career Exploration

Monday, July 6, 2020, 90 minutes
Speaker: Kristen Zukosky, PhD, OITE College and Curriculum Advisor
Event Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/696744433042898448

As you move on from high school to college you will face many choices, including what career path to take. Picking a career that fits your skills, interests, and values is an important part of long-term job satisfaction. We will discuss career options in the sciences and how to choose a career that suits you. Note: Students who attend at least five workshops in this series will be eligible to receive a certificate of completion.

Writing Personal and Research Statements for Graduate Programs

Tuesday, July 7, 2020, one hour
Speaker: Gail Seabold, PhD, OITE Scientific Skills Coach
Event link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2633139440695966480

This workshop will guide you through the process of planning and writing the personal statements that will be an important component of your applications for graduate school admission.

Becoming a Resilient Scientist Series: III. Self-Advocacy and Assertiveness

Wednesday, July 8, 2020, 90 minutes
Speaker: Sharon Milgram, PhD, Director, OITE
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4645087389851671568

We all need to develop the skills needed to be assertive and to advocate for ourselves, especially in hierarchical environments where we sometimes feel we do not have a voice. In this webinar, we will discuss how to set boundaries, communicate expectations, ask for feedback and discuss difficult issues with friends, mentors, colleagues and supervisors.

Creating and Presenting Virtual Posters

Thursday, July 9, 2020, one hour
Speaker: Ulli Klenke, PhD, Director, AMGEN Scholars Program at the NIH, Facilitator: MOM-DAD-DOCS and the Visiting Fellows Committee
Event Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5311856529702486800

This presentation will focus on the scientific and artistic aspects of creating a poster. The workshop will discuss selecting and organizing your data, what to include and what not to include, the key components of a successful poster, layout and font selection, and poster presentation techniques.

Becoming a Resilient Scientist Series: IV. Feedback Resilience

Wednesday, July 22, 2020, 90 minutes
Speaker: Sharon Milgram, PhD, Director OITE
Event link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7188520568176718864 

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.

NIH Career Development Series for High School Students and Recent Graduates: VI. Success in College

Monday, July 27, 2020, 90 minutes
Speaker: Natasha Lugo-Escobar, PhD, OITE Program Analyst
Event Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8410786072124160016

The transition to college can be stressful. You are leaving behind your school, friends, family, and home, and going off to explore a new place, make new friends, learn new things, and set your own priorities. This workshop will provide you with skills for networking, choosing experiences, finding mentors, and using resources. Note: Students who attend at least five workshops will be eligible to receive a certificate of completion.

New Beginnings: Making Successful Transitions

Tuesday, July 28, 2020, 90 minutes
Speaker: Sharon Milgram, PhD, Director, OITE
vent Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5971674557042643728

Life is a series of choices and transitions. Transitions can be times of personal growth and development. They can also be frustrating and difficult. Much of the time, they are both. Worries about balancing work, life, and family time; making school/career decisions; and navigating interpersonal issues with mentors (and others) can contribute to feelings of being overwhelmed and disconnected. A common element of managing the challenges of life is finding community, using resources, and developing your problem solving, assertiveness, stress management, and self-care skills. We will also briefly talk about unique challenges and strategies about transferring from community college to 4-year college and starting a graduate school or professional school program.

Job Search Strategies

Thursday, July 30, 2020, one hour
Speaker: Amanda (Dumsch) Langer, OITE Career Counselor
Event Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7476894980351697680

A job search involves more than just applying to job postings. Successful job searches require planning. You will need to complete four key activities: building a productive network, creating resumes that work for you, establishing search strategies for finding jobs, and preparing for a competitive interview. This session examines the job search as a process that integrates those four key activities to launch an effective job search.

Becoming a Resilient Scientist Series: V. Building Mentoring Networks

August 12, 90 minutes
Speaker: Sharon Milgram, PhD, Director, OIT
Online Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4058140595260555536

We all need mentors to support and encourage us throughout our educational and career journey. In this webinar, we will the mentoring relationship in research environments with a focus on finding mentors and on improving communication and interpersonal interactions. The webinar will help clarify what you need from your supervisors and mentors and address how to get what you need from these important interactions.

Talking Science: Designing and Delivering Successful Oral Presentations

August 13, one hour
Speakers: Gail Seabold, PhD, OITE Scientific Skills Coach; Laura Marler, PhD, GPP Student Services Coordinator, OITE
Online Link: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8601246774822393616

Science isn't complete until the results have been shared with interested others, and talking about your results is one of the important ways of making them public. This presentation will address topics including the anatomy of a science talk, creating successful slides, delivering your content convincingly, ensuring that your talk is well-received, and answering questions. The information will help you with presentations in group meetings, presenting findings at conferences and meetings, and delivering scientific talks to a wide variety of audiences.

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
Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2460970215313577742

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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipRbjSCZE

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: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2875765375053273870

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
Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3315172003107631118

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
Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3443244216867044108

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. 

Writing Personal Statements for Graduate School


September 24, 2020, 2:00-4:00pm
Recommended for: Postbacs
Speaker: Gail Seabold, PhD, Scientific Skills Coach, OITE
Event Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2528528608038586894

This workshop will guide you through the process of planning and writing the personal statements that will be an important component of your applications for graduate school admission.

Objectives:

  1. Understand the purpose of the different graduate school statements (personal statement, statement of purpose, and research statement).
  2. Understand and discuss the main components of the personal statement 
  3. Learn what characteristics make a strong personal statement

Preparing For The MCAT Part I: Study Tips And Test-Taking Strategies

Recommended for postbacs
DATE: Oct 01, 2020
Speaker: Kristen Zukosky, PhD, Director, HiSTEP, College and Curriculum Advisor, OITE
Event Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2022917086494174734

You have taken a practice section of the MCAT.  How do you analyze your results and make a plan for studying?  This workshop will discuss what to do in the months before you take the MCAT: how to analyze your errors, understand the different question types, and practice a variety of strategies.  We also will provide information on how to gather resources, create a study plan, and practice effectively.

Networking for Scientists

October 05, 2020, 2:30-3:30 pm
This event is recommended for postbacs, graduate students, postdocs/fellows, staff scientists/staff clinicians
Event link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6409667214866532366

Find out how to expand and maintain your network. This session will also explore using social media, especially LinkedIn, to advance your job search.

A recording of a recent (identical) presentation can be found at the OITE YouTube page: https://youtu.be/2S9122Whv5M.

Reapplying to Medical School

October 08, 2020 2:00-4:00 pm
Speaker: John Taborn, PhD, Career Counselor
This event is recommended for: Postbacs.Event Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1162675681596657678

If you anticipate reapplying to MD or MD/PhD programs, it will be important to submit a substantially revised application.  In this workshop, Dr. John Taborn will help you to get in the mindset to reapply, learn how to analyze the application that you submitted previously, and to create a plan for moving forward successfully.   Please attend this workshop if you have applied to MD or MD/PhD programs in the past or are currently applying and

  • you haven’t heard from schools about interviews; or
  • you interviewed, are awaiting a response ; or
  • you were waitlisted but haven't been moved up; or
  • just want to be prepared should you need to re-apply

Becoming a Resilient Scientist Series: Part II: Understanding Cognitive Distortions, Imposter Fears and Stereotype Threat

Tuesday, October 13th, 2:00-4:00 pm ET
Recommended for: Summer Interns; Postbacs; Graduate Students; Postdocs/Fellows; NIH Staff Scientists/Staff Clinicians
Speaker: Sharon Milgram, PhD, Director, OITE
Event Link: (https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1161036309606517006)

We tell ourselves stories about what is happening to us and around us. In this webinar we will explore how our self-talk is generated and look at ways our self-talk can either help us be more resilient or how it can hurt us and hold us back. We will look at two important elements of our self-talk, cognitive distortions and imposter fears and explore ways to recognize internal messages and input from others that distorts our views of our abilities and accomplishments. We will host the small group discussions on this topic on Monday (10/26) and Tuesday (10/27).

To participate in the series, please register for the webinar using the provided link above or visit our website (https://www.training.nih.gov/nih_becoming_a_resilient_scientist_series). Attend the webinar or, if you cannot join live, watch the webinar recording later. Invitations to sign up for the small group discussions will be sent out the day of the lecture to everybody who registered for the webinar.

For questions regarding this series, please contact the OITE at OITE@mail.nih.gov. Please include "Resilient Scientist Series" in the subject line.

Preparing for the MCAT Part II: MCAT Essentials and Test Day Preparation

October 15, 2020, 2:00-4:00 pm ET
Recommended for postbacs
Speaker: Kristen Zukosky, PhD, Director, HiSTEP, College and Curriculum Advisor, OITE
Event link:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5610627925973793038

This workshop will discuss MCAT logistics/policies, how and when to schedule full rehearsals, and when to use various resources.  Additionally, we will discuss test-day specifics, and tips and advice about how to best prepare in the days just prior to the test.

Succeeding on standardized tests often depends on more than knowing the material. Test takers must be able to remain calm and carefully consider different approaches to the test, including using strategies for managing emotions and physiology to maximize test performance.

Workplace Dynamics III-Conflict and Feedback

October 16, 2020, 2:00-4:00 pm ETThis event is recommended for: Postbacs; Graduate Students; Postdocs/Fellows.
Speaker(s): Lori Conlan, PhD, Director, Office of Postdoctoral Services
Event link:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7599348691837145100

This workshop provides an accessible framework for conflict management and giving and receiving personal feedback in research settings. Research groups are not devoid of conflict, many of us have conflicts with our co-workers and our PIs. We will talk about common challenges and potential solutions.

Industry Careers Overview & Job Packages

October 26, 2020, 4:00-5:00 pm
Recommended for Graduate Students and Postdocs/Fellows
Event Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3912723587187259150

This session will highlight the myriad of career opportunities in industry and provide insight into how to position yourself (including building your resume and cover letters) to be competitive for these jobs. Speaker: Brad Fackler, OITE Industry Advisor

A recording of a recent (identical) presentation can be found at the OITE YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/c/NIHOITE

Science Voices from Home: France

October 27, 2020, 10:00-11:00 am
Recommended for Graduate Students and Postdoocs/Fellows
Event Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7908007995269504011 

Science Voices from home is a regular series highlighting jobs for PhDs around the world. This month we are discussing careers in France. Our panel will discuss their careers as a faculty member, a postdoc on the job hunt, and as the Director of the Inserm-USA office. Panelist bios here.

Graduate Studies at the NIH Intramural Research Program

Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 12:00-2:00 pm
Recommended for Postbacs

NIH Graduate Partnerships Program (GPP) is a collaborative PhD program that allows graduate students to perform dissertation research at the NIH while completing coursework at and receiving their degrees from a US or international university. We will be hosting the NIH GPP Information Session via Zoom next Tuesday, October 27th from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm.  This will be an open-house event where the NIH Partnership Directors and representatives from the various Institutional GPP programs listed below will be in attendance to answer all of your questions.  Applications for Fall 2021 admission are currently open for most Institutional programs. This event is not only a great way to gather information about the programs, but also for the programs to get to know you before you even apply!  For all the details about the event and to registerclick here. The Zoom link will be distributed to registrants. You can find more information about our programs at the GPP main web page: https://www.training.nih.gov/programs/gpp.

Mental Health and Wellness Through a Cultural Lens

Recommended for researchers at all career levels
November 2, 2020, 1:00-3:15 pm ET

Even though mental health is often considered a personal issue, our cultures and background can have a profound influence on how we perceive and manage our mental health. Join the NIH OITE to talk about ways in which culture can impact our view of mental health and what we all can do to promote inclusive wellness by overcoming barriers created by cultural norms. The program will include a panel discussion, Q&A and small group discussions facilitated by OITE wellness advisors. Please register for the webinar and small groups at  https://www.training.nih.gov/sas/_20/1987/ and you will receive a link to the webinar on November 2nd.  

Also, the previous session addressed the important topic of suicide awareness and prevention and can now be viewed on the NIH OITE YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/n0ktsXKJRZQ. I encourage you all to take a look. To learn about up-coming topics in this important series please visit https://www.training.nih.gov/new_seminar_series_mental_health_and_well-being.

Resumes, CVS, and Cover Letters

November 09, 2020; 3:00-4:30 pm
Recommended for: Postbacs; Graduate Students; Postdocs/Fellows; NIH Staff Scientists/Staff Clinicians

Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/320831304987269134

These important job search documents are your first chance to make an impression on potential employers. This session will cover the general structure of these documents, how to highlight transferable skills, and how to fill gaps in your experience by gaining additional skills while in your training.

A recording of a recent (identical) presentation can be found at the OITE YouTube page: https://youtu.be/zvEqu8HBpS8.

Becoming a Resilient Scientist Series: III. Emotions and Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace


November 10, 2020, 2:00-4:00 pm
Recommended for: Postbacs; Graduate Students; Postdocs/Fellows; NIH Staff Scientists/Staff Clinicians

Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7314226635059676686

Emotions can play a critical role in how we communicate, navigate relationships, and manage conflict. In this webinar we will discuss Emotional Intelligence and emotions and how they influence our resilience as scientists.

Preparing for Graduate School Interviews


November 18, 2020, 2:00-4:00 pm
Speaker: Sharon Milgram, PhD, Director, OITE
Recommended for Postbacs
Event link: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3424013758652880654

Prepare in advance for your graduate school interviews!  This workshop will discuss the interview process from the perspective of both those doing the interviewing and the applicant.  The discussion will cover what to expect, how to prepare, what kinds of questions you might be asked, and appropriate interview behavior.  Postbacs who attend will be given priority to meet in small groups for mock interviews.

Preparing for the MCAT Part III


November 19, 2020, 2:00-4:00 pm
Recommended for Postbacs
Speaker: Kristen Zukosky, PhD, Director, HiSTEP, College and Curriculum Advisor, OITE
Event link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7726953613465892622

This workshop will specifically focus on CARS preparation and strategies.  We will discuss using the new AAMC resources as well.

Workplace Dynamics IV: Team Skills

November 20, 2020, 2:00-4:00 pm
Recommended for Grad Students, Postdocs/Fellows
Event link:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/468536398640193804

This class is intended for anyone who works on or with teams and wishes to have greater skills in facilitating their effectiveness---whether they are leaders or members. We will focus on spotting the stages of group development and how to help teams through rough spots, conflict, and growing pains.

Academic Job Interviews


November 23, 2020, 1:30 pm-3:30 pm
Recommended for: Graduate Students; Postdocs/Fellows
Speaker: Sharon Milgram, PhD, Director, OITE
Event link:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6150471642269595662

After you submit your academic job package, the job interview is the next major hurdle to securing a position. In this workshop, learn the "do's and don'ts" of academic job interviewing and hear what interview committees like to see. In addition, the workshop will address job talks, chalk talks and teaching talks - important elements of many academic job interviews.

A recording of the presentation will be posted on the OITE YouTube page approximately one week post the event: https://www.youtube.com/c/NIHOITE

NIH Virtual Community College Day 2020

 

November 24, 2020, 10:00 am -5:00 pm
Recommended for community college students and faculty
https://www.training.nih.gov/communitycollegeday

Are you a community college student, or know someone who is? Please widely share our NIH Virtual Community College Day 2020!!  This event will provide community college students and faculty an opportunity to learn about careers and training opportunities in biomedical and health care fields.  This virtual event will take place on November 24, 2020 beginning at 10:00 AM (EST).  As part of the live event, there will be pre-recorded sessions available on the OITE YouTube Channel.

Registration is now open, Check out our video for more information about the day: https://youtu.be/gvirpan-TkY

Looking ahead to December:


Please join us for the next webinar in our series on the mental health and wellness of the biomedical research community; this webinar is open to students, trainees, fellows, staff and faculty at and outside of the NIH. We hope you can join us to discuss the important topic.

TOPIC: Addictive Behaviors

DATE: December 1, 2020

TIME: 12:00-2:15 pm ET (11:00 – 1:15 CT and 9:00 am – 11:15 PT)

When we are stressed, we all look for ways to cope and manage the strain.  Often, we lean on behaviors that lead to tuning out our difficulties and ignoring high pressure situations. However, these behaviors can be counter-productive and may lead to addictions, and other maladaptive strategies; when used in excess, numbing out is known to greatly affect our ability to engage in meaningful work and to live a healthy life. In this webinar, we will talk about how to recognize unhealthy and addictive behaviors and how to develop strategies for addressing those behaviors.  We will talk about substance abuse and other numbing-out/maladaptive coping mechanisms and explore ways to replace unhealthy coping strategies with healthier ones. We will also touch on how to talk with loved ones and colleagues about our concerns and how to access helpful resources. Our discussion will be framed with the context of the up-coming holidays and COVID-19-fatigue.  This is a one-hour webinar, followed by facilitated small group discussions. In small groups, we will have an opportunity to discuss and practice skills related to interventions and coping strategies. Because mental health experts will facilitate the small groups, you must register in advance to participate. 

REGISTER HERE: https://www.training.nih.gov/sas/_20/1993/

MORE ABOUT THE SERIES: https://www.training.nih.gov/new_seminar_series_mental_health_and_well-being

ARCHIVED VIDEOS: https://www.training.nih.gov/new_seminar_series_mental_health_and_well-being#Schedule

Industry: The Organization of Business

December 7, 2020
Speaker: Brad Fackler, OITE Industry Advisor
Recommended for: Postbacs; Graduate Students; Postdocs/Fellows; NIH Staff Scientists/Staff Clinicians

Are you thinking about a career in industry but do not know how businesses operate? This workshop examines the critical functions common to all companies and how those companies are organized to optimize the performance of these functions. We will cover the various positions and roles, specifically within R&D organizations, to illustrate where the job titles that you see in job advertisements fit into the overall organizations of the companies. In addition, you will be introduced to common terminology used within each of the organizational functions (such as defining a matrix team). This workshop will help you be more prepared and savvy during your interviews for industry positions by having a better comprehension of the terms and organizational structures used in business environments.

Event link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1100745688894413070.

A recording of a recent (identical) presentation can be found at the OITE YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWmauIzbHkI