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Time-Sensitive Opportunities

MSCI Opens Multiple Clinical and Translational Research Courses for Non-Degree Seekers
Register by August 14

Vanderbilt’s Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI) program has limited space available for learners interested in enrolling in select courses for professional development in clinical and translational research.  Course offerings include:

  • MSCI 5030 Clinical Epidemiology, 4 credit hours: August 17 – August 28, 2020
  • MSCI 5009 Biostatistics I, 4 credit hours: September 1 – September 30, 2020
  • MSCI 5044 Clinical Trials, 3 credit hours: October 26 – November 13, 2020
  • MSCI 5003 Genetics, Genomics, and Molecular Medicine, 3 credit hours: January 4 – January 29, 2021
  • MSCI 5015 Biostatistics II, 4 credit hours: February 1 – February 26, 2021
  • MSCI 5002 Medical & Grant Writing for Clinical Investigation, 2 credit hours: May 3 – May 28, 2021
  • MSCI 5029 Research Ethics & Scientific Integrity, 1 credit hours: May 4 – May 27, 2021
  • MSCI 5000 Drug & Device Development, 3 credit hours: June 1 – June 30, 2021

Course descriptions are available at MSCI Course Directors & Courses.

 Cost: $1713 per credit hour (tuition); other fees may apply

Apply: https://redcap.link/MSCICourses

Deadline to Apply: August 14, 2020

Contact: MSCI@vanderbilt.edu

  • If you are on a training grant or have a career development award you may be eligible to have tuition covered through the Pathways Program. Contact Rebecca Helton to learn more.
  • Eligible employees of VUMC may use their VUMC tuition benefits to help cover a portion of tuition costs if qualified.  You can confirm tuition benefit rates and eligibility with HR.
  • The purchase of textbooks, software and other research supplies is the responsibility of the student.
  • Auditing MSCI courses is not allowed.

Fall Manuscript Sprints
Sign up by August 21

On your mark, get set, go…to submission of your next manuscript! Whether you’re having trouble breaking out of the blocks or want a few colleagues to run alongside, now is the time to join a virtual Manuscript Sprint, coordinated by the Edge for Scholars at Vanderbilt. Sprint teams of 3-5 authors who have at least one previously published paper form small groups of investigators from across clinical, translational and basic sciences. They review components of each others’ papers and keep each other accountable until the end. Teams commit to providing written comments to each other each week for 6-8 weeks. Weekly Zoom meetings are used for focused comments and critique.

Sign up by August 21 to start writing in September.

Fall Sprint #1
Tuesday afternoons from 2:30-4:00 PM
Beginning September 8 on Zoom

Fall Sprint #2
Friday afternoons from 1:30-3:0 PM
Beginning September 11 on Zoom

Email rebecca.helton[at]vumc.org to sign up for a Sprint. In your email, let us know your general area of research and draft title of your manuscript.


Masks for Predocoral Students in Research

The BRET Office has received a second allotment of disposable face masks to distribute to predoctoral students doing their dissertation research in a VUMC-based laboratory. Each student will receive two packs of 50 masks, total. They can be picked up at the BRET Office (340 Light Hall) from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm on Mondays and Thursdays through August 13.

Please remember to wear your own personal mask when you pick up your allotment of masks. If you would like to pick up masks for another person in your lab, please bring a signed piece of paper from this person granting you permission to pick up their masks, too. 


2020 Alzheimer’s Disease Research Day Poster Session
Abstracts due by October 29 at 5:00 PM

The Vanderbilt Memory & Alzheimer’s Center will host our second annual Alzheimer’s Disease Research Day on November 13, 2020 from 8:00am to 6:00pm. Due to ongoing concerns with COVID-19, this year’s event will be virtual. This academic event will showcase Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia research from multiple clinical and basic science departments across campus. Dr. Prashanthi Vemuri, Associate Professor of Radiology at Mayo Clinic, will deliver the keynote lecture. Other activities will include Vanderbilt faculty lectures, a data blitz session for top-rated abstract submissions, and a poster session.

To submit an abstract for the poster session, please complete this form. The deadline to submit an abstract is October 29, 2020, by 5:00pm.



Recurring Events

Ground Level: Fresh Brewed Mentoring

Fridays at noon (Zoom meeting)

Dr. Hartmann will be taking a break from 7/31-8/14. Ground level is canceled 8/7. New Edge for Scholars staffer Dr. Ashley Hood and Rebecca Helton will host on 8/14.

Associate Dean for Clinical & Translational Scientist Development, Katherine Hartmann, MD, PhD, takes your questions and highlights resources at Vanderbilt, tips for navigating the research environment, strategy, and more. Come with questions or just to chat and/or vent. Be sure to check the monthly calendars to see when other senior mentors are guest hosting.

Zoom access information: https://zoom.us/j/97498330413?pwd=eSt2WjJUTytmclgzRFIxOVBGb0toUT09
Password: GROUND


CV Review and Assistance

Dr. Ashley Wood in the VUMC Office of Faculty Affairs offers one-on-one review of or assistance with your CV. Especially helpful for those planning their tenure packet. Email ashley.wood[at]vumc.org or call 615-322-2165 to schedule an appointment.


VICTR Funding Overview

2nd Monday of the month from 10:00-11:00am CT (zoom)

Opportunity for investigators to learn and ask questions about the VICTR Funding Program. Open to all. No registration required.

Zoom meeting information can be found on the event page.


Disrupting Everyday Bias

Every weekday through September 30

Hosted by Vanderbilt Human Resources. In this two-hour online instructor-led workshop, participants will learn the skills to disrupt the impact of bias in their interactions, behaviors, and decision-making and the various ways unconscious bias can impede the development of a diverse and inclusive work environment.

Dates are available for registration through Oracle Learning.


Vanderbilt Behavioral Health – Self-Care Breaks

Every weekday at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM (Zoom meeting)

You are a priority. Join us for mini self-care breaks for activities including mini yoga exercises, mindfulness sessions, grounding techniques, and more.

Zoom access information: https://zoom.us/j/247987274
Call-in: 312-626-6799


Osher Center Live-streamed Support Group for Providers

Thursdays from 8:30-9:30 AM and 8:30-9:30 PM

The Osher Center for Integrative Medicine is offering online VUMC Provider mindfulness groups to foster resilience in response to the stress and challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants will learn empirically supported mind-body skills to support self-care and stress management for this challenging situation. Groups will occur via Zoom and will be led by providers from the Osher Center. Groups are offered online and occur weekly in two time slots. VUMC providers are welcome to attend on a weekly basis or as schedules and needs allow.

Zoom access information: https://zoom.us/j/969146654


Osher Center Live-streamed Guided Mindfulness Meditation Practices

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 12:15 PM and 8:30 PM
Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1:15 PM and 5:45 PM

The Osher Center for Integrative Medicine offers free 10-minute, live streamed, guided mindfulness meditation practices. These online sessions are appropriate for beginners as well as experienced meditators and are open to anyone — VUMC clinicians and staff, patients and friends in the community.

The aim is to create space for a brief pause in the midst of high demands and great uncertainty so that the body and mind can “reset,” providing a few moments to rest the attention through grounding, anchoring, breathing and bringing awareness into the body and into the moment. This practice is foundational for stress reduction. Even brief mindfulness practices have been shown to help enhance mental clarity as well as physiological and emotional well-being in the face of life stressors and difficulties.

Zoom access information: https://zoom.us/j/5559330907


Osher Center Live-streamed Movement Classes

Monday-Friday at 12:30 PM
Thursdays at 5:30 PM

The Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Vanderbilt offers free mid-day 30-minute and end-of-day 15-minute live-streamed guided movement practices. These online sessions are appropriate for any level of experience and are open to all VUMC clinicians and staff. Movement is a powerful tool for increasing vitality and reducing stress. These offerings will use the basics of yoga, qigong, breathing and meditation. The intention is to teach individuals how to harness their breath to promote relaxation and clarity.

These classes may benefit individuals who suffer from stress, uncertainty, pain, poor sleep, anxiety and stiffness.

Requirements:
– Quiet setting
– Enough space by your computer or smart phone for standing and for movements in a chair (without an armrest)
– Room to lie down

Zoom access information: https://zoom.us/j/460870306


Continuing Education Opportunity: Conquering COVID

A 20-question QuizTime course offers one CME credit for answering questions about the pandemic on your phone. If you took the course in April, the new version still offers CME credit as it has been significantly updated. Register.



August

Center for Teaching Workshops

Multiple dates and times in August

These workshops focus on practical, concrete strategies for common teaching tasks, challenges, and opportunities. All are open to University faculty; some are also open to postdocs, graduate students, and staff. These sessions draw on research-based best practices from the literature on teaching and learning and help participants consider ways to apply those best practices in their teaching.


Sports Medicine Fellows Lecture Series: Sports Cardiology

Wednesday, August 12

The weekly Fellows Lecture Series hosted by the Division of Sports Medicine is now open to all VUMC faculty and staff. The lectures are held via Zoom.

The Vanderbilt Division of Continuing Medical Education (CME) has approved the lectures for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM per session.

Topics covered in the lecture series include diagnosis and evaluation of patients with injuries sustained in athletic activities, criteria for determining if injury management should include pharmacologic management, physical therapy and/or surgery, and strategies for implementing newer approaches to diagnosis, evaluation and management of sports-related injuries.

Register for a session.


Department of Defense 101

Wednesday, August 12 at 11:30 AM-12:30 PM CT (webinar)

Learn how the Department of Defense (DOD) funds science and technology research and development. The webinar will introduce DOD research and development organizations, funding agencies, programs, strategies for interacting with the DOD agencies, advise on how to successfully compete for DOD research funds, and provide support for future engagement.


NIH OITE Webinar: Building Mentor Networks

Wednesday, August 12 at 1:00 pm CST (webinar)

We all need mentors to support and encourage us throughout our educational and career journey. In this webinar, we will the mentoring relationship in research environments with a focus on finding mentors and on improving communication and interpersonal interactions. The webinar will help clarify what you need from your supervisors and mentors and address how to get what you need from these important interactions.

Speaker:
Sharon Milgram, PhD, Director, OITE


Disrupting Everyday Bias

August 13 at 9:00 AM (online workshop)

Learn about the various ways unconscious bias may have an impact on decision-making involving hiring, promotion, performance, communication and leadership during the upcoming “Disrupting Everyday Bias” workshops. In order to mitigate the negative impact of bias, participants are introduced to tools and strategies to disrupt everyday bias and create situations to make decisions in a more conscious manner. This workshop supports the university’s ongoing efforts to address unconscious bias, and all staff are invited to participate in one of these sessions.

Register for the session of your choice by searching for “Disrupting Everyday Bias” in Oracle Learning. Other sessions will be offered September 10, October 22, November 12, and December 8.


VUMC Educator Development Program: Turning Education into Scholarship

Friday, August 14 from 1:00-3:00 PM (virtual workshop)

In EDP workshops, participants will gain new knowledge, enhance previous knowledge, practice skills, create projects, and receive mentoring on individual work activities when appropriate. Most EDP workshops are open to Vanderbilt University Medical Center faculty and learners. A small number of workshops are by invitation only. Topics covered range from educational theory to technology in teaching.

Workshops have limited seating; RSVP required. See our EDP Newsletter for registration. Join our mailing list to receive information about upcoming workshops.


TL1 Directors Poolside Chat: Careers in Government

Thursday, August 13 at 3:00-4:30 PM CT

Hosted by the Center for Leading Innovation and Collaboration, this is an interactive conversation with leaders who will share their knowledge about career opportunities in government.

Facilitator:
Rebecca Brown, MEd, MN, RN, PHN
Clinical and Translational Science Institute TL1 Scholar University of Minnesota – School of Nursing

Speakers:
CDR Alison S. Halpin, PhD
Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Saralyn Mark, MD
currently, Office on Women’s Health, Department of Health and Human Services
formerly, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Wendy Weinberg, Ph.D.
Office of Biotechnology Products, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, FDA. 


Sports Medicine Fellows Lecture Series: Running Injuries

Wednesday, August 19

The weekly Fellows Lecture Series hosted by the Division of Sports Medicine is now open to all VUMC faculty and staff. The lectures are held via Zoom.

The Vanderbilt Division of Continuing Medical Education (CME) has approved the lectures for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM per session.

Topics covered in the lecture series include diagnosis and evaluation of patients with injuries sustained in athletic activities, criteria for determining if injury management should include pharmacologic management, physical therapy and/or surgery, and strategies for implementing newer approaches to diagnosis, evaluation and management of sports-related injuries.

Register for a session.


BRET ASPIRE Bistro: ASPIRE for Career Planning

Thursday, August 20 at 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (webinar)

Kick off your professional development for the 2020-2021 academic year with ASPIRE Bistro for PhD students. In this special session on career planning, the ASPIRE team will provide an overview of ASPIRE programs and services for the upcoming year, including new programs and changes to existing initiatives in light of COVID19. There will be plenty of time for questions, and you’ll leave with a strategy for planning out your ASPIRE activities for the year.

Register to attend.


Lifecourse Visual Tool Kit: Utilizing Data Science Resources to Prepare and Package Integrated Datasets

Thursday, August 20 at 11:00 AM ET (webinar)

Dr. Denny will give a broad overview of the importance of collecting, harmonizing, and utilizing data from diverse sources for life course research. Dr. Tatonetti will describe data mining techniques for hypothesis generation and give an example of an out of the box collaboration that led to a novel discovery. Dr. Allen will take a deep dive into processes for pooling and harmonizing data and unintended biases that should be considered.


Sports Medicine Fellows Lecture Series: Concussion/CTE

Wednesday, August 26

The weekly Fellows Lecture Series hosted by the Division of Sports Medicine is now open to all VUMC faculty and staff. The lectures are held via Zoom.

The Vanderbilt Division of Continuing Medical Education (CME) has approved the lectures for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM per session.

Topics covered in the lecture series include diagnosis and evaluation of patients with injuries sustained in athletic activities, criteria for determining if injury management should include pharmacologic management, physical therapy and/or surgery, and strategies for implementing newer approaches to diagnosis, evaluation and management of sports-related injuries.

Register for a session.


BRET ASPIRE Cafe: Orientation to ASPIRE Resources for Postdocs

Thursday, August 27 at 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (webinar)

Explore an overview of the Career Development ASPIRE programs and helps postdoctoral fellows find out how to become involved in our activities. This session should only be attended once, as the content will be repeated each time.

Register to attend.


Newman Society and Edge for Scholars Seminar: Creating and Sustaining a High-Functioning Team

Thursday, August 27 at 12:00-1:00 PM

Some PIs say they learned all the day-to-day ins and outs of doing research from senior staff. Four lab managers will share the nuts and bolts of what every PI needs to know. Basic, clinical, and translational lab managers will speak.

Zoom meeting
Meeting ID: 822 8233 6937
Passcode: 225959
Phone: 1 312 626 6799


VICTR COVID Virtual Town Hall

Monday, August 31 from 1:00-2:00 PM

You are invited to attend our VICTR COVID Virtual Town Hall highlighting tools and resources to facilitate COVID-19 research.   

Topics include:
• An overview of key VICTR Initiatives 
• A view from the front line
• COVID Research and the CRC
• Best Practices for COVID research
• New tool for recruiting COVID+ patients
• Engaging and enrolling populations disproportionately affected by COVID

REDCap registration link: https://redcap.link/VICTR.COVID.Town.Hall            

After registering in REDCap, you will receive the Zoom registration link. 



September

BRET ASPIRE Job Search Series: Leveraging LinkedIN

Thursday, September 3 at 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (webinar)

In this session, you’ll learn where to start in creating your own LinkedIN profile, and for those who already have a profile, we will discuss sections with high visibility that you can target for simple improvements to strengthen your profile and online presence. We will also discuss ways to use your account to explore career paths and grow your network, including identifying your own alumni network, researching companies and industries, and finding job opportunities.

Register to attend.


Disrupting Everyday Bias

Thursday, September 10 at 9:00-11:00 AM CT (online workshop)

Learn about the various ways unconscious bias may have an impact on decision-making involving hiring, promotion, performance, communication and leadership during the upcoming “Disrupting Everyday Bias” workshops. In order to mitigate the negative impact of bias, participants are introduced to tools and strategies to disrupt everyday bias and create situations to make decisions in a more conscious manner. This workshop supports the university’s ongoing efforts to address unconscious bias, and all staff are invited to participate in one of these sessions.

Register for the session of your choice by searching for “Disrupting Everyday Bias” in Oracle Learning. Other sessions will be offered October 22, November 12, and December 8.


Preparing for a Faculty Position Application Package

Thursday, September 10 at 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (webinar)

Please join our faculty panel as they share their tips and strategies for preparing a faculty position application package that will make you stand out in a positive way. They will share their perspective as a newly hired faculty member who has recently been on the job search and a full professor who has served on multiple search committees and has reviewed many application packages over their tenure at Vanderbilt.

Register to attend.


Edge for Scholars Seminar: Setting the Pace for Your Research Career

Thursday, September 10 at 12:00-1:00 PM

Backing out exactly what’s needed to get to the next step in your career, and how long it will really take, can clarify what you need to do now. Dr. Mark deCaestecker will demonstrate how to build a career timeline to reach your goals.

Zoom meeting
Meeting ID: 822 8233 6937
Passcode: 225959
Phone: 1 312 626 6799


VUMC Educator Development Program: Effectively Using Digital Learning Platforms

Friday, September 11 from 1:00-3:00 PM CT (virtual workshop)

In EDP workshops, participants will gain new knowledge, enhance previous knowledge, practice skills, create projects, and receive mentoring on individual work activities when appropriate. Most EDP workshops are open to Vanderbilt University Medical Center faculty and learners. A small number of workshops are by invitation only. Topics covered range from educational theory to technology in teaching.

Workshops have limited seating; RSVP required. See our EDP Newsletter for registration. Join our mailing list to receive information about upcoming workshops.


BRET ASPIRE Job Search Series: Preparing for a Teaching Demo

Thursday, September 17 at 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (webinar)

How do you put together an effective teaching demonstration for a job interview? How is it different from a research seminar and how can you link the two? Come learn about key considerations for developing this important piece of your interview portfolio.

Register to attend.


Lifecourse Visual Tool Kit: Developing and Validating Ways to Model High-Dimensional Data

Thursday, September 17 at 11:00 AM (online webinar)

The speakers in Webinar 4 will discuss the development of new ways to model high dimensional data. Topics will include creating transdisciplinary research teams, setting high benchmarks for data processing and transparency, and identifying opportunities for developing novel methods that may be deemed high risk.


Newman Society Seminar: Using Detailed Budgets to Your Advantage in Grants

Thursday, September 17 at 12:00-1:00 PM

You can use your budget and budget justification to show reviewers you’re a savvy scientist who knows how to get your proposed research done. Learn how with Dr. Katherine Hartmann, Vice President for Research Education and Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Research Development.

Zoom meeting
Meeting ID: 822 8233 6937
Passcode: 225959
Phone: 1 312 626 6799


Federal Funding for Early Career Faculty

Tuesday, September 22 at 10:30-11:30 AM CT (webinar)

Early career faculty will learn about key research agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation and Department of Defense; strategies for engaging with program managers at each; and how to tailor your research to meet the needs of each agency. There also will be opportunities to ask general questions and receive information on how to connect with Lewis-Burke for one-on-one guidance.


Watch Your Language: Using Plain English Strengthens Scientific and Medical Writing

Thursday, September 24 from 12:00-1:00 PM

Dr. Crystal Herron discusses the value of readability in science and medicine and how to use plain language to improve readability. She’ll share tools to assess the readability of your own writing.

Zoom meeting
Meeting ID: 822 8233 6937
Passcode: 225959
Phone: 1 312 626 6799


Think Less is More: How Plain Language Promotes Effective Writing

Thursday, September 24 at 2:00-5:00 PM

In this interactive workshop led by Dr. Crystal Herron, participants will learn five key writing skills, and they will discuss examples of those skills can transform complex writing into clear, effective communication. Each discussion will be followed by an exercise in which the participants will apply the skill to a sample of their own writing and work one-on-one with the instructor. Participants will leave the workshop armed with tools that will help them to improve the accuracy, clarity, and effectiveness of their writing.

Participation is limited. To reserve your spot, email Rebecca Helton.


StrategyShare 2020: Session 1

Tuesday, September 29 at 7:30-9:00 AM (webinar)

StrategyShare is an annual event showcasing innovative work being done to advance Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Strategic Directions: Design for Patients and Families; Make Diversity and Inclusion Intentional; Discover, Learn and Share; and Amplify Innovation. Content will build from one session to the next, and each session will include presentations on topics related to all of the Strategic Directions.


StrategyShare 2020: Session 2

Wednesday, September 30 at 12:00-1:30 PM (webinar)

StrategyShare is an annual event showcasing innovative work being done to advance Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Strategic Directions: Design for Patients and Families; Make Diversity and Inclusion Intentional; Discover, Learn and Share; and Amplify Innovation. Content will build from one session to the next, and each session will include presentations on topics related to all of the Strategic Directions.



October

StrategyShare 2020: Session 3

Thursday, October 1 at 4:00-5:00 PM (webinar)

StrategyShare is an annual event showcasing innovative work being done to advance Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Strategic Directions: Design for Patients and Families; Make Diversity and Inclusion Intentional; Discover, Learn and Share; and Amplify Innovation. Content will build from one session to the next, and each session will include presentations on topics related to all of the Strategic Directions.


Vanderbilt Translational Research Forum

Friday, October 2 from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM (virtual event)

The 2020 Vanderbilt Translational Research Forum will feature 15 nationally recognized Vanderbilt researchers presenting their translational science, as well as a special guest speaker.

Guest Plenary Lecturer
Patti Katz, PhD
Professor, Medicine
University of California-San Francisco
Co-Editor in Chief, Arthritis Care & Research and ACR Open Rheumatology


BRET ASPIRE Bistro: The Next Step: Applying for a Postdoc or Your Post-Grad Job

Thursday, October 8 at 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (webinar)

Join Kathy Gould, Ph.D, Professor, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology and Associate Dean for Biomedical Sciences to discuss how to begin preparing for your next position. When should you apply?  How should you apply? Should you do a postdoc? Learn tips about application and interview expectations and ways to approach your next employer. We’ll also discuss planning for a graceful exit from your PhD group.

Register to attend.


34th Geriatric Update Conference

Friday, October 9 from 8:30 AM-4:15 PM (virtual event)

This interdisciplinary conference is designed to provide evidence-based information on age-friendly concepts and new models of care to maximize functional abilities of older adults and supporting their caregivers.

Register.


BRET ASPIRE Cafe: What to Expect from a Faculty Interview

Thursday, October 15 at 11:00 AM-12:00PM (webinar)

Bring your questions and hear from a panel of faculty members who have been both interviewer and interviewee as they share their experiences and insights into the faculty interview process.

Register to attend.


Lifecourse Visual Tool Kit: Expand Traditional Epidemiological Methods to Include Systems and Network Modeling

Thursday, October 15 at 11:00 AM ET (online webinar)

The speakers in Webinar 5 will talk about ways to expand traditional epidemiological methods to include systems and network modeling. Topics will include training translational researchers to shift epidemiological thinking to incorporate complexity science, using agent based modeling in epidemiologic research, and creating minimum standards for publishing complexity and machine learning results in health care journals.


Disrupting Everyday Bias

Thursday, October 22 at 9:00-11:00 AM (online workshop)

Learn about the various ways unconscious bias may have an impact on decision-making involving hiring, promotion, performance, communication and leadership during the upcoming “Disrupting Everyday Bias” workshops. In order to mitigate the negative impact of bias, participants are introduced to tools and strategies to disrupt everyday bias and create situations to make decisions in a more conscious manner. This workshop supports the university’s ongoing efforts to address unconscious bias, and all staff are invited to participate in one of these sessions.

Register for the session of your choice by searching for “Disrupting Everyday Bias” in Oracle Learning. Other sessions will be offered November 12 and December 8.


BRET ASPIRE Job Search Series: Writing a Better Cover Letter

Thursday, October 22 at 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (webinar)

Learn cover letter basics such as general cover letter structure, what should be/should not be included, & what it means to tailor your letter to the position. We will explore tips for polishing your cover letter, look at some examples of good and not-so-good cover letters, and discuss strategies for making your cover letter stand out. If you dare (!), feel free to bring along your own cover letter, and accompanying job description, to share with the group.

Register to attend.


Edge for Scholars Seminar: Getting a Job in Academia

Thursday, October 22 at 12:00-1:00 PM

Dr. Bill Cooper returns with everything you need to know for the academic job hunt. This is one of our highest-rated seminars; don’t miss it!

Zoom meeting
Meeting ID: 822 8233 6937
Passcode: 225959
Phone: 1 312 626 6799


VUMC Educator Development Program: Simulation in Teaching

Tuesday, October 27 from 2:00-4:00 PM CT (virtual workshop)

In EDP workshops, participants will gain new knowledge, enhance previous knowledge, practice skills, create projects, and receive mentoring on individual work activities when appropriate. Most EDP workshops are open to Vanderbilt University Medical Center faculty and learners. A small number of workshops are by invitation only. Topics covered range from educational theory to technology in teaching.

Workshops have limited seating; RSVP required. See our EDP Newsletter for registration. Join our mailing list to receive information about upcoming workshops.


BRET ASPIRE Cafe: Grants Resources at Vanderbilt

Thursday, October 29 at 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (webinar)

Please join Abigail Brown Ph.D., BRET, Director, Outcomes Research to learn how Vanderbilt can help you write your grant: a focus on resources for writing career development or R grants. Will cover the many grant writing resources available to Vanderbilt researchers to help produce strong grant applications.

Register to attend.



November

BRET ASPIRE Bistro: Applying for Fellowships and NRSAs

Thursday, November 5 at 11:00 AM-12:00PM (webinar)

Join Kim Petrie, Assistant Dean for Biomedical Career Development, for a presentation about applying for fellowships to fund biomedical PhD training. Topics will include strategies for finding funding, navigating the application process at Vanderbilt, criteria by which predoctoral fellowships are typically evaluated, institutional resources to help you write your application, and common application components of NIH National Research Service Awards (NRSAs).

Register to attend.


VUMC Educator Development Program: Implementing Clinical Teaching Models

Tuesday, November 10 from 1:00-3:00 PM (virtual workshop)

In EDP workshops, participants will gain new knowledge, enhance previous knowledge, practice skills, create projects, and receive mentoring on individual work activities when appropriate. Most EDP workshops are open to Vanderbilt University Medical Center faculty and learners. A small number of workshops are by invitation only. Topics covered range from educational theory to technology in teaching.

Workshops have limited seating; RSVP required. See our EDP Newsletter for registration. Join our mailing list to receive information about upcoming workshops.


Disrupting Everyday Bias

Thursday, November 12 at 9:00-11:00 AM (online workshop)

Learn about the various ways unconscious bias may have an impact on decision-making involving hiring, promotion, performance, communication and leadership during the upcoming “Disrupting Everyday Bias” workshops. In order to mitigate the negative impact of bias, participants are introduced to tools and strategies to disrupt everyday bias and create situations to make decisions in a more conscious manner. This workshop supports the university’s ongoing efforts to address unconscious bias, and all staff are invited to participate in one of these sessions.

Register for the session of your choice by searching for “Disrupting Everyday Bias” in Oracle Learning. Another session will be offered December 8.


BRET ASPIRE Cafe: How to Give a Chalk Talk

Thursday, November 12 at 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (webinar)

A chalk talk is an informal presentation and discussion of your research program given during a faculty interview. This is your opportunity to shine, to distinguish yourself from other top applicants and show how you fit with the department and institution. Come hear from a panel of faculty members who will share their tips on how to impress in this interview setting.

Register to attend.


Edge for Scholars Seminar: Introduction to F and K Awards

Thursday, November 12 at 12:00-1:00 PM

Experienced staff from the Edge for Scholars at Vanderbilt will introduce the audience to the different types of fellowship and career development awards available through NIH and other agencies. Why might you want one of these awards? Which is right for you? How do you apply? These questions and more will be answered.

Zoom meeting
Meeting ID: 822 8233 6937
Passcode: 225959
Phone: 1 312 626 6799


Second Annual Alzheimer’s Disease Research Day

Friday, November 13 at 8:00 AM-6:00 PM

This campus-wide academic event will showcase Alzheimer’s disease, small vessel disease, and neurodegeneration research from multiple clinical and basic science departments. Due to ongoing concerns with COVID-19, this year’s event will be held virtually.

Dr. Prashanthi Vemuri, Associate Professor of Radiology at Mayo Clinic, and an expert in Alzheimer’s disease resilience, will deliver the keynote lecture. Dr. Vemuri will present emerging data that provides insights into the resilience mechanisms through which individuals are able to cope with age-related neuropathologies. You can learn more about Dr. Vemuri’s research here: https://bit.ly/p-vemuri.

Additional online events during the course of the day will include Vanderbilt faculty presentations, a data blitz session, and a poster session featuring basic, clinical, and translational research activities across campus.

Register


BRET ASPIRE Job Search Series: Resumes/Industry CVs

Thursday, November 19 at 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (webinar)

In this session, we will discuss the differences between CVs and résumés, when to use one or the other, strategies for tailoring your résumé for a specific position, and tips for clearly and concisely presenting your professional skills and accomplishments.

Register to attend.


Lifecourse Visual Tool Kit: Developing Analytical Methods That Can Capture the Multiple Dimensions of Time (Timing, Dose, and Duration)

Thursday, November 19 at 11:00 AM ET (online webinar)

The speakers in Webinar 6 will discuss analytical methods that can capture the multiple dimensions of time (Timing, Dose, and Duration). Topics will include group based trajectory modeling, selecting models that can be used to triangulate the multiple dimensions of exposure, and causal modeling in event-time analyses.


Newman Society Seminar: Lessons Learned While Building a Career

Thursday, November 19 from 12:00-1:00 PM

Join Anna Hemnes, MD, a former K awardee who’s now moved on to R01, U01, and P01 funding, as she shares how she went from K to R and built her career.

Zoom meeting
Meeting ID: 822 8233 6937
Passcode: 225959
Phone: 1 312 626 6799



December

BRET ASPIRE Bistro: Savvy Science: Professionalism Strategies for Success

Thursday, December 3 at 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (webinar)

Your technical skills and knowledge are a critical component for career success, but they aren’t the whole picture. Learn how honing your soft skills, including emotional intelligence, communication (non-verbal, too!), and professional etiquette can help you stand out among other candidates and colleagues in any professional setting. Kate Stuart will moderate this session, so come with your questions about all those sticky social settings!

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Newman Society/Edge for Scholars Seminar: Professional Branding for a Digital World

Thursday, December 3 at 12:00-1:00 PM

Dr. Katherine Hartmann shares the documents you must have in your “academic wardrobe,” how to use social media to your professional advantage, and more in this highly requested seminar.

Zoom meeting
Meeting ID: 822 8233 6937
Passcode: 225959
Phone: 1 312 626 6799


Disrupting Everyday Bias

Thursday, December 8 at 9:00-11:00 AM (online workshop)

Learn about the various ways unconscious bias may have an impact on decision-making involving hiring, promotion, performance, communication and leadership during the upcoming “Disrupting Everyday Bias” workshops. In order to mitigate the negative impact of bias, participants are introduced to tools and strategies to disrupt everyday bias and create situations to make decisions in a more conscious manner. This workshop supports the university’s ongoing efforts to address unconscious bias, and all staff are invited to participate in one of these sessions.

Register for the session of your choice by searching for “Disrupting Everyday Bias” in Oracle Learning.


BRET ASPIRE Cafe: K Awards: Which One is Right for You?

Thursday, December 10 at 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (webinar)

Please join Abigail Brown Ph.D., BRET Director of Outcomes Research, to learn the basics about the different types of K awards, from institutional (K12) to K99 awards

Register to attend.


BRET ASPIRE Job Search Series: Informational Interviewing

Thursday, December 17 at 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (webinar)

Have you ever heard of an informational interview? Come learn about one the most powerful, yet underutilized, networking tools available to you. Find out what an informational interview entails, how to set one up, what questions you should be asking, and how this type of activity can help you explore career options while also growing your professional network.

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Videos, Slides, and Other Resources from Past Events

Racism, Health and Health Care: Where Do We Go From Here? (6/4/20)

The Office of Health Equity, VUMC presents a discussion about how racism creates and perpetuates health inequities. Plus, learn how to be a change agent for equity.


Town Hall on the Research Enterprise Transition to Phase One (5/13/20)

Questions about all aspects of Phase One are answered by research leadership. (Click “VUMC Town Halls” to see options for downloading.)


Medicine Grand Rounds: Mental Health During a Pandemic (4/2/2020)

Members of Vanderbilt’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences share information and coping strategies for health care providers during the current pandemic. K23 awardee Lindsey McKernan, PhD, MPH, speaks on managing fear and other emotions through grounding, relaxation and mindfulness, and leads an exercise in the latter, starting at 48:02.

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