Training and resources are available to assist in the development of the “survival skills” needed for success in biomedical research and related careers. These abilities include being able to publish research articles, to obtain funding, to make effective oral presentations, and to teach and mentor the next generation. Throughout each year, postdoctoral fellows are offered a series of intensive workshops involving a combination of lectures, discussions, readings, written exercises, and practical experiences to enhance their professional development.
Every year the Postdoctoral Programs Office and the UM Postdoc Association offer a range of seminars and workshops, such as:
- Professional Skills and Ethics II
- Grant Writing Workshop
- Job Talk and Interview Support
- Careers in Science Panel Discussion
- Postdoc-Mentor Professional Relationships
- Setting Up Your Own Lab
- Teaching Improvement Activities for Postdoctoral Fellows
- Advanced Biomedical Sciences Courses
Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI Program)
The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) at the University of Miami is a web-based training program in human research subjects protections. This training is a collaboration between the University of Miami and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) offers a guide to laboratory management titled, “Making the Right Moves: A Practical Guide to Scientific Management for Postdocs and New Faculty.” The guide is a collection of practical advice and experiences from seasoned biomedical investigators. The laboratory management guide is also available in Chinese. Visit the HHMI website to download a full PDF version, individual chapters, or to order a print copy of the guide. The HHMI website offers additional resources and educational materials for early-career scientists, such as checklists, evaluation forms, interactive exercises, and short films.
Lab Safety Training
The Office of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) provides mandatory laboratory safety training courses.
All postdocs using radioactive isotopes need to contact the Radiation Control Center.
General Animal Training
The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee’s (IACUC) general animal training is mandatory for anyone working with animals. You are required to complete the following elements of the UM Lab Animal Welfare Training Program:
- Working With the IACUC
- University of Miami, OH&S and SOPs
- Electives for the species that are most relevant to your research or teaching roles at the University.
Once you register, enroll in one of the Learner Groups that is compatible with your interests and role in human subjects research. The computer will automatically select the modules you are required to complete.
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