Goal 4: Develop Workforce and Resources

Align PhD Content with Careers Available to Recent PhDs

There is a need to create better alignment between the content of biomedical PhD programs and the careers that actually are available to those who have earned PhDs. Though available data are surprisingly weak, all the evidence suggests that only a small fraction (perhaps 15%) of current biomedical PhDs and postdocs are likely to find stable careers in academic research. Larger proportions are more likely to be employed in industry, including big pharma and biotechnology. Yet most current PhD and postdoc training continues to be configured primarily for academic careers, which have become a minority career destination.

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Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : Michael S. Teitelbaum

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