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Philip Clifford

Individual development plans

Jan. 21 workshops to address planning for successful science careers


9:58 a.m., Dec. 16, 2013--Philip Clifford from the Medical College of Wisconsin will present two workshops on individual development plans for doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, in 116 Gore Hall on the University of Delaware campus.

The first workshop, “Put Your Ph.D. to Work: Planning for a Successful Career in Science,” will take place at 11 a.m.

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This interactive workshop will help research trainees find enjoyable and rewarding careers using a logical, step-by-step process for exploring career options and deciding which will provide the best fit for their own skills, interests, and values.

The second workshop, “Facilitating Career Development Through Individual Development Plans,” will take place at 2:30 p.m. 

This session will present faculty and administrators with tools they can use to better prepare their graduate students and postdocs for successful careers in science.

The event is co-sponsored by the Delaware IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) and the Office of Graduate and Professional Education.

About Philip Clifford

Philip Clifford is associate dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and professor of anesthesiology and physiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He heads an active research program investigating the physiological mechanisms regulating skeletal muscle blood flow during exercise.

His research laboratory has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the American Heart Association, and the Department of Veterans Affairs. He is a fellow of the American Heart Association, the American College of Sports Medicine, and the American Physiological Society Cardiovascular Section.

A strong proponent of career planning for Ph.D. scientists, Clifford started the Office of Postdoctoral Education at the Medical College of Wisconsin and helped establish both the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) GREAT Group Postdoctorate Leaders Section. He was honored with the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) Distinguished Service Award in 2012. 

Clifford contributed to the development of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) Individual Development Plan for postdoctoral fellows, the AAMC GREAT Group “Compact Between Postdoctoral Appointees and Their Mentors,” and the NPA Postdoctoral Core Competencies. He is a coauthor of the recently launched career website, myIDP.

Article by Diane Kukich

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