The MD Anderson Postdoctoral Association is comprised of and led by postdoctoral fellows with the goals of improving, enhancing and enriching the postdoctoral experience at MD Anderson. All MD Anderson postdoctoral fellows are automatic members of the MD Anderson Postdoctoral Association and affiliate (i.e., non-voting) members of the National Postdoctoral Association (registration required). Current and former MD Anderson postdoctoral fellows who have six months of cumulative MD Anderson experience can join the Alumni & Faculty Association and our LinkedIn group (membership must be verified and approved).
- To develop a sense of community by fostering professional and social interactions among postdoctoral fellows throughout the institution.
- To provide a forum to disseminate accurate information and address issues relevant to postdoctoral fellows.
- To promote a productive dialogue among postdoctoral fellows, the administration and the faculty.
The Postdoc Notes newsletter and accompanying monthly calendar are the source of information, news and events for all MD Anderson postdoctoral fellows.
2017 Robert M. Chamberlain Mentoring Award Ceremony & Reception
The Postdoctoral Association Executive Committee (PDAEC) plans events that promote community among postdocs at MD Anderson and fosters interactions between postdocs of other Houston-area institutions. Postdocs active in the PDAEC drive the PDA agenda, network with faculty and other scientists and develop career-enhancing skills that can inform their resume.
The PDAEC is comprised of three teams: Governance, Community Engagement and Career Advancement. Each team has three to four subcommittees (arranged accordingly below).
The Governance Team facilitates communication between the postdoctoral community and The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and Development (OPAD) to develop and implement Postdoctoral Association Executive Committee policies that are beneficial to postdocs of the Postdoctoral Association.
- Internal Communications
- Responsible Conduct of Research
The Community Engagement Team engages and brings a sense of community to the postdocs at MD Anderson through hosting, raising awareness, and increasing participation of events. The Team also enhances the interaction between postdocs and mentors by acknowledging and highlighting mentors’ accomplishments.
- Mentor Award
- Science Park
The Career Advancement Team provides resources that guide postdoctoral fellows through all of the stages of their training towards their professional career goals and through the course of their career development.
- Annual Presidential Career Symposium
- Annual Postdoctoral Science Symposium
- Career Development
While any postdoc can become a regular member of the PDAEC by simply attending one or more meetings and joining one or more of the bulleted subcommittees, chairs and subcommittee chairs are elected positions unless extenuating circumstances dictate otherwise.
Postdoctoral Advisory Committee is comprised of faculty, the chair and co-chair of the PDAEC and up to 10 subcommittee chairs of the PDAEC. The faculty members of the PDAC serve in an advisory capacity to the Executive Committee and as an advocate for the postdoctoral community.
Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and Development, Faculty and Academic Development
Victoria McDonnell, DrPH
Academic and VISA Administration - Trainee
Martha L. Skender, MPH, Associate Director
Academic and VISA Administration
The VISA Office helps with the forms and information necessary for securing a VISA.
1 Mid Campus Building (1MC 17.3439)
The Ombuds Office assists with any workplace issues, including alleged unfairness, harassment, professional or personal disrespect, research issues, and authorship disagreements.
Pickens Academic Tower (FCT10.5081)
Phone: 713-792-4896 or 866-610-7841
Scientific Publications helps MD Anderson faculty and trainees to get published and to get funded, by providing a wide range of editorial, educational, and publishing services, free of charge, to the MD Anderson community.
Membership is free for postdoctoral fellows.
Pickens Academic Tower, Floor 2