BEST Practices Workshop: Lessons Learned in Graduate and Postdoctoral Training

By | April 19, 2017

The Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST) programs will hold a workshop on September 6-7, 2017, in Orlando, FL, to share with the biomedical research training community lessons learned from their experiments with improving career development for trainees. The free workshop will focus on providing “…practical guidance on how to motivate, create, implement and evaluate career and professional development opportunities for doctoral and postdoctoral scholars.”

Started in 2013, the BEST awards are a response to the 2012 report from the National Institutes of Health Biomedical Research Workforce Working Group, which called for innovative training programs better aligned with the careers graduates were pursuing. Each of the 17 award sites fashioned its own approach for increasing trainees’ exposure to and familiarity with careers in the biomedical research enterprise. All the sites faced and overcame similar challenges, including how to achieve faculty and institutional buy-in, restructure training programs to incorporate career and professional development experiences, identify external partners, and evaluate the effectiveness of their programs. BEST faculty will staff four panel sessions during the workshop to answer questions and provide insights to help other training programs maneuver successfully through these potential speedbumps.

The workshop immediately precedes the GREAT Group Annual Professional Development Meeting. It is open to everyone invested in biomedical graduate training, including graduate school deans, training program directors, policy makers, and career and professional development specialists.

Please contact D’Anne Duncan, PhD ( with workshop-related questions.