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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

Assistant Dean
Assistant Professor of Pathology
(414) 955-8496

Paris EasonParis Eason

Administrative Assistant III
(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 | noon - 1 p.m.
: Amina Ahmed

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

September 25 | Medical Education Building (MEB), Alumni Center | noon - 1 p.m.
: 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 | noon - 2 p.m.
: 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 23rd session, maybe 2/3. These twice-yearly workshops provide four hurs 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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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

  • The Employee Assistance Program (EAP)/Perks
    • EAP: A benefit offered by the MCW to all employees and members of their immediate families. The EAP is an avenue of assistance in coping with the complex needs and concerns that exist in the lifestyles of today, provided in a professional and completely confidential environment. Assistance includes but is not limited to: assistance with depression, stress management/anxiety, marital/family conflict, relationship issues, financial concerns, legal questions and addictions. Assistance is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling (866) 757-3271.
    • Perks and Employee Discounts


Thank you for taking 10 minutes of your time to complete this survey, your feedback is very important to us.

  • 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.
  • Answers are kept confidential.

The Office of Postdoctoral Education would like to stay in contact with MCW Postdoctoral Fellows.

Last Name:

First Name:


Scheduled Last Day at MCW(02/01/2016):        

How long have you been a Postdoctoral Fellow at MCW:     

Permanent Email address:

Permanent Home Address:

City:   State:   Zip code:

Name place of New Employment:  

City:   State:    Zip code:

New Position Title:

Would you like a 90 day extension to use your MCW email account?   Yes, or No

Anything you would like to share or comments about your experience at MCW:


The Postdoc Certificate Request Form can be found/completed here.


Completion of Fellowship – Certificate Request

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Information for Certificate (please verify information is correct before submitting as this will be used for the certificate)

Postdoc First Name*

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Postdoc Degree(s)*

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Month Fellowship Started*

Year Fellowship Started*

Month Fellowship Ended*

Year Fellowship Ended*

Mentor Information







Office of Postdoctoral Education
Medical Education Building, M1420
Medical College of Wisconsin
8701 Watertown Plank Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53226

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