Goal 4: Develop Workforce and Resources

Training Biomedical Research Experts for Life Beyond the Ivory Tower

Only 10-20% of graduates from PhD programs in the biomedical sciences will pursue a scientific career in the traditional tenure track academic model.


This is in part due to a mismatch between a large number of highly qualified scientists and the relatively small number of tenure track positions available. Instead of viewing the careers of the 80-90% as "alternative careers", we have to accept that in fact the traditional tenure track career has become a rare occurrence or an "alternative career".


Nevertheless, NIH training programs for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows primarily prepare trainees for academic careers.


How do we reinvent cardiovascular training so that it appropriately prepares trainees for their future careers?

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