2018 Annual Postdoctoral Science Symposium
February 20, 2020: Annual Postdoctoral Career Symposium
May 20, 2020: Trainee Research Day
- Faculty: Nominate trainees for endowed fellowships until Friday, January 29, 2020
- Trainees: Submit abstracts for the Oral Competition from February 1 – February 29, 2020
- Nominations accepted for the Robert M. Chamberlain Distinguished Mentor Award until February 29. The RMC Mentor will be honored May 21, 2020.
An annual event jointly sponsored for more than 10 years, Postdoktoberfest brings together postdocs from many of the Texas Medical Center institutions: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston Methodist, UT Health, Rice and Texas A & M. Postdoktoberfest is appropriately hosted at the John P. McGovern Texas Medical Center Commons (The Commons) and features food, beverages and a completely casual and friendly atmosphere.
Trainee Research Day is an ideal opportunity for our postdoctoral research fellows and graduate medical education fellows and residents to showcase and be rewarded for their exciting research in the basic sciences, clinic, population and translational science. In addition to the oral competitions, and select years, an “Elevator Speech” competition provides trainees the opportunity to convey their science in under two minutes.
2019 Trainee Research Day
2018 Trainee Research Day
Endowed Fellowships are awarded competitively to clinical and postdoctoral fellows who are nominated by faculty members.
The Annual Postdoctoral Career Symposium, a unique and exciting event connecting the private and public sector, industry, and academia, is organized by postdoctoral fellows of sponsoring institutions throughout the Texas Medical Center and offers access to experts from a variety of career fields. The APCS provides a great opportunity for postdocs to learn more about different career options and strategies to navigate those career paths. Space is limited. Registration is required.
The Annual Postdoctoral Science Symposium provides a platform for postdoctoral fellows in the Texas Medical Center to present their current research in the areas of basic and translational research and features presentations and hosts interactive sessions facilitated by experts in a variety of fields. The APSS offers the opportunity to network with colleagues from TMC Institutions while presenting your science, learning from colleagues, a featured keynote and invited speakers, as well as gaining valuable career skills during breakout sessions. 2019 APSS Electronic Booklet
Established by the Postdoctoral Association in 2005, the Robert M. Chamberlain Distinguished Mentor Award annually recognizes and honors faculty members whose careers have been underscored by their valuable mentoring of postdoctoral fellows at MD Anderson and honors a faculty member who, through demonstrated guidance of postdoctoral fellows, exemplifies the fundamental mentoring qualities of teacher, coach and sponsor.
|Robert M. Chamberlain Distinguished Mentors
|2019||Jeffrey N. Myers, M.D., Ph.D.||Head and Neck Surgery|
|2018||Huifang Linda Lu, M.D., Ph.D.||General Internal Medicine|
|2017||Annemieke Kavelaars, Ph.D.||Symptom Research
||Steven W. Millward, Ph.D.||Cancer Systems Imaging|
|2015||Pratip K. Bhattacharya, Ph.D.||Cancer Systems Imaging|
|2014||Wendy A. Woodward, MD, Ph.D.||Radiation Oncology|
|2013||Jennifer Irvine Vidrine, Ph.D.||Health Disparities Research|
|2012||Amy B. Heimberger, M.D.||Neurosurgery|
|2011||Xifeng Wu, MD, Ph.D.||Epidemiology|
|2010||David W. Wetter, Ph.D.||Health Disparities Research|
|2009||Michelle C. Barton, Ph.D.||Biochemistry and Molecular Biology|
|2008||Carol J. Etzel, Ph.D.||Epidemiology|
|2007||Dean G. Tang, M.D., Ph.D.||Molecular Carcinogenesis|
|2006||Varsha V. Gandhi, Ph.D.||Experimental Therapeutics|
|2005||Robert M. Chamberlain, Ph.D.||Epidemiology|
Coinciding with National Postdoc Appreciation Week, often with other TMC institutions we celebrate with such activities as Postdoktoberfest and an international luncheon which celebrates the diversity of our postdoctoral community.
Academic Insights Seminar Series gives postdoctoral fellows insight into a broad range of career options within academia including tenure and non-tenure track faculty, scientific writers, research scientists, teachers, grant managers, program managers, administrators, etc. The monthly series offers seminars and panel discussions on topics to help postdocs identify the requisite non-lab based skills and insights necessary to launch an academic career.
Responsible Conduct of Research is a monthly seminar series that meets the NIH requirements of 8 contact hours in responsible conduct of research training. Fellows can view their transcript and download their certificate of completion from the MD Anderson Education Center.
- Who Needs RCR training?
All trainees, fellows, participants, and scholars receiving support through any NIH training, career development award (individual or institutional), research education grant, and dissertation research grant must receive instruction in responsible conduct of research. This notice applies to the following programs: D43, D71, F05, F30, F31, F32, F33, F34, F37, F38, K01, K02, K05, K07, K08, K12, K18, K22, K23, K24, K25, K26, K30, K99/R00, KL1, KL2, R25, R36, T15, T32, T34, T35, T36, T37, T90/R90, TL1, TU2, and U2R.
- What happens if an NIH-funded postdoc doesn’t complete the required training in one year?
NIH strongly encourages the postdoc to complete the required training as soon as possible. If the postdoc is on an institutional training grant (e.g., T32) there will be consequences for the review of the renewal (Type 2) application.
- What if a postdoc is partially funded by another source?
Regardless of other sources of support, NIH training programs (National Research Service Award) require full-time training, and trainees must comply with all NRSA requirements (see NIHGPS). There is no prorating the required hours of RCR training. RCR training must be face-to-face as much as possible, but exceptions may be granted by the awarding Institute. Please contact the NIH Program Officer in charge of the award.
- If I move to a faculty position and have completed eight (8) hours of RCR training as a postdoc, do I need to complete RCR training again?
If you are transitioning to a faculty position and wish to apply for a K-award, you must complete eight (8) hours of Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) trining that is tailored to that career stage as NOT-OD-10-019 requires that "Instruction must be undertaken at least once during each career stage, and at a frequency of no less than once every four years." This RCR requirement is limited to K-awards and also applies to associate and full professors who might apply for a K24 award. Currently, RCR at MD Anderson is designed for postdocs.
- What training is acceptable for faculty who require RCR training?
Faculty requiring RCR training, can complete the RR requirement online using the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) instruction. The on-line version meets the content requirements, and, by adding faculty-led discussion of the online sessions, any training grant can meet the new requirements. In order for this online version to be considered acceptable by NIH, faculty and postdocs must have completed eight-hours of face-to-face training within the previous four years. MD Anderson has an orginizatitional subscription. Email Victoria McDonnell if you have questions.
- To be compliant, how often must RCR training be complete?
Every four years.
- What do you do if you have witnessed unethical behavior?
To discuss or report compliance concerns, you are encouraged to directly contact the Chief Compliance and Ethics Officer via the page operated at 713-792-7090 or through the Institutional Compliance Office at 713-745-6636. For more information view Detecting and Addressing Compliance Concerns.
Postdoctoral Networking Coffee Breaks provide networking opportunities to all postdocs in MD Anderson. Coffee and snacks are served, free for all postdocs. We typically host these on the first Friday of each month.
Hosted approximately twice a year by the Gulf Coast Consortium housed on the campus of Rice University, these popular day-long workshops are designed to develop mentoring skills and insight and to provide the opportunity for interactions between mentors at different institutions and in different discipline. With one session for faculty and another for postdocs, this evidence-based mentor training outlines practical strategies and practices for effective mentoring relationships, especially useful for mentors with limited experience. Such strategies and practices include the incorporation of Individual Development Plans which are strongly encouraged by all NIGMS-sponsored training and research awards. The workshops are facilitated by Victoria McDonnell, Dr.PH and Robert Tillman, Ph.D., NRMN Master Facilitators, and facilitators from institutions located in the Texas Medical Center.
For additional TMC-related events, please visit the TMC Lead Calendar.