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workshops and trainings for Extramural Faculty

OITE has created workshops and other training activities to support extramural principal investigators (PIs) and staff as they manage and lead biomedical research groups.

If you are an intramural PI, please see your series here


Raising a Resilient Scientist Series: Five units, covering communication, resilience, inclusivity, conflict and feedback, and trainee wellbeing, will help PIs and staff support your biomedical trainees. Each unit will explore ways to manage common challenges in research groups by means of a webinar (to watch in real-time or via a recording) and facilitated small groups designed to build a community to improve training across the US.  You are encouraged to attend the entire series, but each unit may be attended as a stand-alone. 

Raising a Resilient Scientists Units

Workshop Date

Small Group Dates (attend one)

Understanding Communication and Work Styles in Research Environments

Feb 1, 2022 
12:00-1:15 PM


Feb 1, 1:15- 2:15 PM
Feb 11, 11 AM-12 PM

Cultivating Trainee Resilience

Mar 1, 2022
12:00–1:15 PM


Mar 1, 1:15- 2:25 PM
Mar 11, 11 AM-12 PM

Building an Inclusive Research Group

Mar 29, 2022
12:00–1:15 PM


Mar 29, 1:15-2:15 PM
Apr 8, 11 AM-12 PM

Difficult Conversations, Conflict, and Feedback

Apr 26, 2022
12:00–1:15 PM


Apr 26, 1:15-2:15 PM
May 6, 11 AM-12 PM

The Mental Health and Well-being of Your Trainees

May 24, 2022
12:00–1:15 PM


May 24, 1:15-2:15 PM


  1. Communication and Work Style Differences in Research Environments 
    Explore how communication and work style differences influence the way we collaborate, make decisions, handle differences, and manage conflict. This material will help you decide when and how to have conversations while building and leading a successful research group.
  1. Promoting Trainee Resilience
    Resilience helps those in high-knowledge environments succeed. This session will address barriers to trainee resilience, including cognitive distortions and imposter fears. It will emphasize ways to encourage resilience in trainees, such as fostering a growth mindset, promoting realistic self-talk, and modeling self-care and wellness as a priority in your research environment.
  1. Building a Welcoming and Inclusive Research Group
    Building an inclusive research group means creating a space where individuals of all identities feel welcome and accepted. Inclusivity and diversity have been reported to help build community and promote depth of scientific knowledge, creativity, and collaboration. This session will address the effect of bias, both explicit and implicit, on our research groups and strategies for eliminating stereotype threat and micro-aggressions to ensure that all trainees are set up for success at work. (Related reading:  
  1. Difficult Conversations, Conflict, and Feedback
    This unit will build a framework for having difficult conversations, including providing effective feedback.  It will examine how we decide to engage in difficult conversations and provide tools for effective communication under challenging circumstances. Specific issues, such as differences in style, appropriate boundaries, and managing challenging interactions will be reviewed.
  1. Promoting the Mental Health and Well-being of Biomedical Trainees
    Our trainees operate under considerable stress, with anxiety and depression in biomedical trainees occurring at higher rates than in the general population. This can have a significant impact on research and research groups. Leaders and mentors often are the first to notice the struggles of their trainees. The webinar will focus on structuring your environment to promote a well lab, recognizing stressors, supporting trainees during difficult times, and connecting them to resources when appropriate.

For questions regarding this series, please contact the OITE at Please include "PI Series" in the subject line.