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The Office of Postdoctoral Education


The Office of Postdoctoral Education provides support and unique resources, programs, interest groups and trainings for MCW and BRI postdocs. The activities sponsored by the Office are designed to complement the excellent training and mentorship provided by our outstanding faculty.

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To provide support, education, assistance and career pathways to postdocs on their journey toward career success.


What is a "Postdoc"

An individual holding a doctoral degree who is engaged in a temporary period of mentored research for the purpose of acquiring the professional skills needed to pursue a career path of their choosing.

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  • About Us
  • Events
  • Prospective, Current and New
  • Exiting Postdocs
  • Certificate Request

About Us

Welcome to the MCW Office of Postdoctoral Education. Our mission is to be an advocate and resource for postdoctoral researchers. The activities sponsored by this office are designed to complement the excellent research training by MCW faculty mentors.

Julie Tetzlaff, Assistant Dean and Assistant Professor, PathologyJulie Tetzlaff, PhD

Associate Dean of Postdoctoral Education and Graduate Career Development
Assistant Professor of Pathology
(414) 955-8496

Paris EasonParis Eason

Administrative Assistant, Sr.
(414) 955-8547

Upcoming Events

National Postdoc Appreciation Week

September 18-22 | MCW | MCW Postdoc Appreciation Week Events (PDF)

Toastmasters International

October 9 | Medical Education Building (MEB), Alumni Center | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm
: Amina Ahmed

Spotlight on Science "Self-Awareness: Seeing Yourself Beyond your Degree"

September 25 | Medical Education Building (MEB), Alumni Center | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm
: Beverly Hutcherson, Outreach and Communications Manager for Diversity and Inclusion | University of Wisconsin-Madison

Learning Objectives

  1. Gain a deeper understanding of empathy
  2. Increase awareness of one's self
  3. Learn tips, tools and strategies that will increase skills in effective communication

Spotlight on Science "Peer Review, Overview and Challenge Questions"

October 23 | Medical Education Building (MEB), Alumni Center | 12:00 pm-2:00 pm
: Dara Frank, PhD, and Ravi Misra, PhD

Writing research papers and reviewing manuscripts and grants are essential activities in the scientific process. But authors and peer reviewers constantly face ethical issues for which they need to be prepared. A one hour session, coordinated with a subsequent one-hour, faculty led-small group discussion with your trainees to address selected case studies on this topic. Possible case studies are attached and will be discussed prior to the October 23 session, maybe 2/3. These twice-yearly workshops provide four hours of refresher RCR training for our training grant (T32 and TL1) and individual fellowship (F) trainees. Note, to be NIH compliant, trainees must attend both the didactic session lead by a content expert and a faculty led-small group session.

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Intellectual Property Development at MCW – the Road More Travelled

November 13 | Health Research Center (HRC), Auditorium (H1400) | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm
Presenters: Margaret Ramey (5 minutes on Winter SBIR program), and Edward Diehl
Description: The Office of Technology Development supports MCW faculty, staff and students by protecting and promoting their innovations. Assets are usually drugs, diagnostics and imaging, medical devices, or medical software, but also include research reagents (from buffers to antibodies). Awareness of our office and its role are critical in the continued growth of MCW as an educational and research institution.

Learning Objectives

  1. Define the purpose of the MCW Office of Technology Development
  2. Describe procedures utilized by the Office
  3. Explain to others how to disclose an idea and work with the Office

Spotlight on Science "Enhancing your Career with Scientific Outreach"

December 11
Presenters: Jessica Olson, PhD, MPH; Assistant Professor, Institute for Health & Equity Chair, Women in Science Series and Tim Sobotka, Educational Outreach Manager, Office of Communications, Center for Patient Care and Outcomes Research, Dept. of Biomedical Engineering
Description: A discussion on the different strategies to leverage expertise as a researcher to educate, inspire, and learn from the community. We will share stories from our own experience as faculty and staff at MCW and provide both resources and opportunities currently available in scientific outreach.

Learning Objectives:

  1. learn the difference between volunteering, scientific outreach, and community-based participatory research
  2. Identify resources and opportunities to be involved
  3. Empower participants to take action and incorporate scientific outreach into their research career

17th Annual Postdoc Holiday Party

December 15 | Alumni Center | 5:00-9:00 pm
View event flyer (PDF) | RSVP to attend

Scientific Writing-hands on Writing Workshop

January 8 | Alumni Center | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm
Presenter: Suzann Gardner

Applying a Science Background to a Nonacademic Career

January 22 | Alumni Center | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm
Presenter: Greta Johnson, Wisconsin Grassroots Manager, American Cancer Society Cancer Advocacy Network

Spotlight on Science "Science policy: What it is and why it's important to graduate student and postdoc professional development"

March 26 | Alumni Center | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm

  • Samantha Anderson, Graduate student, Co-president of Catalysts for Science Policy (CaSP), UW-Madison chapter of the National Science Policy Group (NSPG)
  • Caitlin Warlick-Short, Graduate student, Co-President of Catalysts for Science Policy (CaSP)
  • Grant Hisao, Postdoctoral member of Catalysts for Science Policy (CaSP)

Grammar Foundations Course | Grammar Writing Course

March 28- May 2 | Meets every Wednesday, 10:00 am12:00 pm
$30 (includes a textbook and all materials)
Description: This course will provide basic grammar and writing instruction. It is intended for anyone requiring a refresher in grammar and/or whose first language is not English.
Maximum registration: 30
Register: Grammar Writing Course 18

Scientific Writing Course

Summer 2018
Cost: $30 (includes a textbook and all materials)
Description: This course will aid and instruct how to improve scientific writing of all types to include: manuscript, abstract and grant writing.
More details on schedule and registration soon!

Prospective, Current and New Postdocs 



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RCR requirements

RCR requirements

Responsible Conduct of research training is mandatory for NIH supported grants and programs. Please ensure you have had the proper training and that it is documented.

Responsible Conduct of Research Training is an Institutional requirement enforced by the NIH. RCR is a requirement of your employment at MCW to complete training in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR). RCR offers instruction on the basics of conducting scientific research with integrity. You must complete this online course within 2 weeks of your MCW start date. Your employment is contingent upon this completion.

To access the course:

  • D2L Icon Go to D2L
  • Enter your unique Username and Password
  • Click the drop down menu “Select a course” (upper left corner of the page)
  • Select “Post-Doc Training in Responsible Conduct of Research – PostDoc_RCR”

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  • The Compact is a document that outlines important aspects of the postdoc-PI relationship. It should be read by both the postdoc and his/her PI, and they should discuss it together.
  • PDF of Compact



Individual Development Plan ​

  • An Individual Development Plan (IDP) is a career development tool for postdocs. Each postdoc should independently conduct an IDP assessment and discuss the outcomes with their PI. These discussions should be initiated by the postdoc and should occur several times per year.
  • An excellent resource for IDP development is linked below and was established in collaboration with Dr. Phil Clifford, former MCW Associate Dean of Postdoctoral Education.
  • IDP Development Resource (Science Careers)

  • Benefits
  • Immigration
  • Grievances
    • Any alleged violation of the standards of appropriate behavior should be handled in the following manner. 
      • First, every attempt should be made to resolve the matter directly with the other party.
      • Second, if further action is required, the Postdoctoral Fellow may file a formal report with the Assistant Dean for Postdoctoral Education or contact the Ombuds Office

Employee Assistance Program

Administered By: Morneau Shepell Ltd.

We offer an Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) that provides you and your family with free, immediate and confidential support to help resolve work, health, and life challenges to improve your life. Let us help you find solutions so you can reach your goals at any age or stage of life. We help millions of people worldwide live healthy, happy, and productive lives. If you’re coping with any of these common problems, the EFAP program covers up to six (6) in-person assessment and referral services per family member per presenting problem.

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EFAP Contact Information

  • Call: (800) 272-2727
  • Text us for information about your EAP services 24/7/365.
    • Text “MSEAP” to 53342.
    • All subscription programs for Relationships, Leadership, Addiction, Smoking, Parenting, Stress and Cargivers will last for 12 weeks with 1 message per week. There will be a follow up 30 days after the last message of the subscription. At any time you may reply with STOP, QUIT, END, CANCEL, UNSUBSCRIBE to stop receiving subscription messages. You may enroll in any of these programs by submitting the corresponding keywords "Relationship", "Leadership", "Addiction", "Smokefree", "Parenting", "Stress" and "Cargiver" to 53342.
    • Message & Data rates may apply.
  • Live chat or email via website:
  • Download the App: Search “My EAP” on App Store or Google Play
  • Privacy statement: Contact between an employee and the EAP is kept confidential in accordance with federal and state laws. Information given to an EAP counselor may only be released to MCW if requested by the employee in writing. 

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  • The results from this survey will enable us to see the areas of the postdoctoral experience at MCW that need improvement and those that are satisfactory.
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Office of Postdoctoral Education
Health Research Center, H2200
Medical College of Wisconsin
8701 Watertown Plank Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53226

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