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Make PhD Career Paths More Transparent

A critical challenge will be making career paths transparent to prospective PhD students and postdocs. At present, few departments, programs and institutions are collecting and making readily available any credible data about the career experiences of their past graduates. To be useful, such data should address at least five years of post-PhD career experience; shorter-term data is likely to be dominated by postdoctoral ...more »

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Provide credible information to prospective PhD students and postdocs, so that they have good information about career paths and trends before they decide what to do after earning their first degrees.

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Most PIs know what their former PhD students and postdocs are doing, but such information is rarely compiled by departments and programs.

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

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Redefining success to include scientific careers other than research

How do we redefine success to include scientific careers other than research (e.g., careers in teaching, industry, government) and provide opportunities for exposure to alternative careers?

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Challenges:

• Redefining success

• Encouraging team based research by rewarding it and redefining success to include it

• Training programs in alternative careers in science, particularly industry

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : NHLBI Staff

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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 ...more »

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

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Preparing a Diverse Biomedical Technology Development Workforce

How do we best develop a scientific workforce that is fluent in product development and commercialization issues? How can NHLBI best expand the training opportunities for early career scientists to prepare them for entry into the dynamic biomedical workforce landscape? There is a need for scientifically-trained experts from diverse backgrounds who also understand business needs relevant to biomedical technology development, ...more »

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A well-trained biomedical technology development workforce would enhance the quantity and quality of research translated from the lab to the market focused on heart, lung, blood, sleep indications. A better understanding of the product development pathway would improve efficiency and resource usage, and accelerate the time for products to reach the market. Structured training would better prepare academic scientists for industry collaboration and provide an industry-ready scientific workforce. Ensuring these training opportunities are inclusive of scientists from different backgrounds would increase the diversity of the biomedical technology development workforce.

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Industry is a large employer of research trainees, and trainees are becoming increasingly vocal about their interest in opportunities to be trained in areas beyond the academic lab that would prepare them for roles in industry. NHLBI can leverage recently launched educational opportunities, including the BEST (Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training), NCAI (NIH Centers for Accelerated Innovations), REACH (Research Evaluation And Commercialization Hubs), and CTSA (Clinical and Translational Science Awards) programs.

Transitioning scientific discoveries to inventions and products to benefit public health requires knowledge and education beyond what is traditionally learned during medical, graduate, and post-doctoral training.

 

Challenges to addressing this CQ include:

 

• Need for educators and mentors with relevant industry experience and expertise.

 

• This would be a culture shift in academic institutions, though the new NIH programs described above has already started to influence this shift.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : NHLBI Staff

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Improving Biomedical Careers

There is a critical challenge to retain highly trained basic and clinical scientists in the biomedical research enterprise and expediently promote their independence and capacity to produce innovative discoveries. There is a need to provide more funding opportunities for collaborative, team-science approaches to scientific investigation by interdisciplinary teams comprised of clinician scientists, basic researchers, and ...more »

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Exposing students of all ages to Discovery science

What kinds of incentives, reforms, and exposures would work best with students from diverse and disadvantaged backgrounds to pursue careers in science?

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• It would produce an excited scientific workforce that will enhance healthcare and sustain discovery in the fields served by NHLBI.

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• It is entirely feasible to develop programs for teachers and incentives for students.

• Pilot programs may be needed to establish feasibility of clinical training for PhDs and research training for MDs.

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Moderating Positive Feedback between Research Funding and PhD/postdoc Numbers

A critical challenge will be to limit future destabilizing expansion of the number of PhD students and postdoc trainees. Because 75-80% of biomedical PhD students and postdocs now supported by NIH are funded by RO1 and other research funding, if/when research grant budget increase the number of PhD and postdoc “slots” would automatically expand--even if there is no expectation of comparable increases in demand for ...more »

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Many including National Academies committees suggest that the 75-80% figure should be gradually reduced to around 50%, without increasing overall numbers, i.e. both limiting numbers supported under research grants and increasing numbers supported under training programs. Moderating the currently strong linkages of PhD/postdoc numbers to research funding should make future biomedical research careers more attractive than they have been in recent years.

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

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