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Dr. Philip Clifford and team win AAMC innovation award for career planning tool for scientists

August 30, 2013 College News - Philip Clifford PhD, Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and colleagues from the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the University of California San Francisco, won the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Award for Innovative Institutional Partnerships in Research and Research-focused Training for an interactive career planning tool they developed.

The tool, myIDP, is the first and only online tool to help scientists prepare an individual development plan. myIDP helps graduate students and postdocs in the sciences develop a step-by-step plan for reaching their career goals by providing them with: exercises to guide them through the process of assessing their career skills, interest, and values; an extensive list of resources for each of 20 common scientific career paths; and guidance on exploring career options and setting professional development goals. The application also allows users to keep track of their progress and provides automated reminders to help trainees meet their career goals and research project deadlines.

myIDP launched in September 2012 and has been widely promoted by institutions nationally, with more than 30,000 registered users.

The goal of this AAMC award is to honor bright spots and disseminate innovations that create and sustain institutional partnerships in research and research-focused training.

Team members include:

  • Cynthia Fuhrmann, PhD, University of California, San Francisco (now at University of Massachusetts Medical School)
  • Jennifer Hobin, PhD, Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (now at American Association for Cancer Research)
  • Bill Lindstaedt, MS, University of California, San Francisco
  • Michael Savelli, MBA, American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Zdenek Becka, American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Melissa Rosenthal, American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Jim Austin, PhD, American Association for the Advancement of Science
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