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COSEPUP review - NIH-IRP perspective Lori Conlan, PhD Director, Office of Postdoc Services OITE/NIH. What is the Intramural Research Program?. Intramural is research done on an NIH campus by an NIH scientist 21 Institutes & Centers (ICs) (of 27)

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Cosepup review nih irp perspective lori conlan phd director office of postdoc services oite nih

COSEPUP review-NIH-IRP perspectiveLori Conlan, PhDDirector, Office of Postdoc ServicesOITE/NIH

What is the intramural research program

What is the Intramural Research Program?

  • Intramural is research done on an NIH campus by an NIH scientist

  • 21 Institutes & Centers (ICs) (of 27)

  • Biomedical, behavioral, and social science research at all levels - basic, translational and clinical

  • Campuses in MD, NC, MT, AZ, MI and MA

Postdocs in the irp

Postdocs in the IRP

  • ~3600 Postdocs

    • ~2000 International

    • ~475 Clinical Fellows

Where are current postdocs going

Where are current postdocs going?

  • Colorado State

  • Univ of Hawaii

  • Univ of Maryland

  • Univ of Cincinnati

  • King’s College

  • Middle TN Univ

  • JC Venter Institute

  • Harvard Postdoc Office

  • Duke: Science Coordinator

  • FDA

  • NIH

  • AAAS policy fellowship

  • Pew Foundation

  • Small Biotech in MD

  • Medimmune (many)

  • Jackson Labs

  • Novartis

  • Qiagen (writer, program manager and R&D)

  • MedThink Communications

  • Booz Allen Hamilton

  • Schafer

  • Pricewatershouse Coopers

    • Random sample of people leaving in 2011 from the alumni database

What is the oite

What is the OITE?

  • A central office (10 PhD level) to promote the training and career education of all NIH trainees

  • We provide:

    • All-day symposia focused on one topic

    • One to four hour workshops featuring one speaker and/or a panel discussion

    • Short workshops followed by break-out and small group meetings

    • Courses on a focused topic that meet for multiple sessions

    • Discussion/support groups and brown bag lunches

  • Career Services Center

  • Advice on all aspects of training

  • Online access for anyone (even non-IRP)

Build your career shape your future

Build your career..Shape your future

  • OITE encourage trainees to focus their efforts in three areas while at the NIH

    • Doing outstanding science

    • Attending to their career and professional development by taking advantage of both IC and OITE programs

    • Exploring and contributing to the community around them

It starts when they arrive

It starts when they arrive

  • Orientation covers the following topics:

    • Intro to the NIH

    • Steps to success

    • Resources

    • Intro to career planning

    • Acknowledgement that transitions are hard

Career tracks

Career Tracks

  • Comprehensive workshops to dissect the career process

    • Job Search

      • CV/resumes, How-to series, interviewing, negotiating

    • Academic

      • Overview, interview, negotiating, transitioning

    • Industry

      • Overview, resumes, networking, company visits

  • Career Symposium ties up the curriculum in May



  • Writing

    • Basic

    • Writing a scientific paper

  • Improving Spoken English

  • Teaching

  • Grant Writing

  • Becoming a Mentor

Leadership and personal development

Leadership and Personal Development

  • Assertiveness training

  • Workplace Dynamics

    • Using the MBTI in lab and life

    • Conflict and feedback

    • Teams

  • Management bootcamp

  • Diversity in a Multicultural Society

Advise the postdoc association

Advise the postdoc association

  • Felcom started in 1991

  • Has ~21 standing committees

    • Career development, monthly career exploration seminars

    • Job networking

    • Social

    • FARE

Resources for non nihers

Resources for non-NIHers



Online material

Campus visits

Alumni database

Alumni Database

  • Have over 1000 fellows leave the program every year…where are they going?

  • Allow current fellows to network with past fellows

  • Allow past fellows to re-connect

  • Allow past fellows to look for new employees

  • Provide a snapshot of where fellows are going

    • Current count is 1070 (up from 500 in March of 2011)

    • Of those 348 were postdocs at the NIH

Other opportunities at the nih

Other opportunities at the NIH

IC retreats, workshops and leadership opportunities

Fellows may be able to do volunteering on campus

Have started clubs-policy and consulting

What is the intramural research program

  • Lori Conlan

  • conlanlo@mail.nih.gov

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