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
Course Time and Location
Fall 2023 (max 20)
Mondays 1-3 pm
Dates: Oct 30, Nov 6, 13, 20, 27, Dec 11
Medical Sciences Building,1 King's College Circle
Room Number: 5231
Yes — 20
Restricted to PhD students.
Method of Student Evaluation
Job Applcation (25%)
Individual Development Plan (IDP) & Book Reflection (25%)
Oral Presentation (3MT) (12.5%)
Informational Interview (12.5%)
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. https://myidp.sciencecareers.org/