Graduate Professional Development


This is a graduate level course focused on developing the academic and professional skills required to succeed during and beyond graduate education in basic biomedical sciences such as biochemistry.

Interactive lectures will include expert lecturers and classroom discussions regarding the practical aspects of succeeding in graduate school, PI relationships and mentoring, enhancing research ability skills, problem-solving techniques, leadership, finding successful collaborations, research ethics, developing strong written and oral communication skills, further training as a postdoctoral fellow, effective networking, integrating family commitments, career transitions, cvs and resumés, career options in and out of academia, best methods of searching for and landing the job, staff management, global scientific issues, clinical applications, social implications, and maintaining career development.

Students will develop communication skills through writing assignments and oral presentations related to their research. Classes will include interactive assignments or an interactive panel discussion with guest speakers from various industries and careers such as those from Academia, Law, Research Ethics, Management Consulting, Science Writing, Industry, MaRs Innovation, Government, and Education.

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Course Next Offered

Fall 2024

Course Time and Location

Fall 2023 (max 20)
Mondays 1-3 pm
Dates: Oct 30, Nov 6, 13, 20, 27, Dec 11

Building: MSB
Medical Sciences Building,1 King's College Circle
Room Number: 5231

Enrollment Limit

Yes — 20


Restricted to PhD students.

Method of Student Evaluation

Job Application (25%)
Individual Development Plan (IDP) & Book Reflection (25%)
Oral Presentation (3MT) (12.5%)
Informational Interview (12.5%)
Participation (25%)

Recommended Reading

Success After Graduate School  – a guidebook for biomedical graduate students to optimize their graduate experience by Nana Lee and Reinhart Reithmeier, 2016. You may pick it from the U of Toronto bookstore in the Medical Books, reference section or have it mailed to you. IDP refers to the individual development plans from Science Careers.


Accompanying Videos

GPD1 The Why

GPD2 Career Stories

GPD3  The What and How

GPD4 Reflection using the IDP

GPD5 Options After Graduate School

GPD6 Meaningful Engagement

GPD7 Informational Interviews

GPD8 Marketing You

GPD9 Networking

GPD10 The Job Application

GPD11 The Resume

GPD12 The Cover Letter

GPD13 The Interview

GPD14 Three Minute Thesis Tips

GPD15 Time Management

GPD16 Conflict Management

GPD17 Work Life Integration

GPD18 Mentorship and Expectations

GPD19 Reframing Failure

GPD20 EDI, Unconscious Bias, Wellness

GPD21 Next Action Steps

GPD22 Class Activities

GPD23 Your First Publication

GPD24 Workshop Ideas for Conferences

GPD25 Creating the Career

GPD26 Acknowledgements

GPD27 Booking an Appointment

GPD28 Meaningful Engagement by Graduate Students


Nana Hyung-Ran Lee

Nana Hyung-Ran Lee

Room 5233
Medical Sciences Building
1 King's College Circle


Last Updated 1 February 2024