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Ground Level: Fresh Brewed Mentoring

Fridays at noon (Zoom meeting)

Senior mentors start guest hosting on 9/11. Schedule: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/168S-ugXjf49qm9OYgosVPCUY4lnR-38GNThe2b2QYKM/edit#gid=0

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.


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.



January

ASPIRE Cafe: Negotiating Your Faculty Compensation and Start-Up Package

Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 2:00PM (Virtual)

Join Kathy Gould, Ph.D., as she shares tips and strategies for how to negotiate your salary and start-up package for your faculty position.

Speaker: Kathy Gould, PhD, Associate Dean for Biomedical Sciences and Louise B. McGavock Professor, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, Vanderbilt University

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ASPIRE PhD Career Stories

Friday, January 15, 2021 at 10:00AM CT (Virtual)

PhD Career Stories is a monthly seminar series about career options for PhD scientists. Speakers from a diverse range of exciting scientific careers present their career path and share insights from their professional experiences. Come hear about the career journey from Vanderbilt Alumni and professionals working in the field, and see if this is a career path that could suit you.

Speaker: William M. Johnson, PhD, Territory Manager II, NC/TN, Takara Bio USA, Inc. (Technical Sales and Business Development)

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Educator Development Program: Defining Milestones, Competencies, and EPAs

Friday, January 15, 2021 at 12:20PM CT (Virtual)

Join us as we explore innovative teaching tools to effectively engage learners remotely.

Speaker: Chase Webber, MD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, General Internal Medicine and Public Health, VUMC

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ASPIRE Job Search Series: Interviewing 101

Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 11:00AM (Virtual)

Once you start applying for jobs, you may find yourself invited for an interview sooner than you anticipate! Start preparing now and join us for this session about the basics of interviewing. Topics will include how to prepare for various types of interviews, interview etiquette, and common interview questions you should be ready to answer when you go on the job market.

Speaker: Ashley Brady, PhD, Assistant Dean of Biomedical Career Engagement of Career Engagement and Strategic Partnerships, BRET Office of Career Development ASPIRE Program, Assistant Professor of Medical Education and Administration, Vanderbilt University

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ASPIRE Cafe for Postdoctoral Fellows: Orientation to ASPIRE Resources for Postdocs

Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 11:00AM (Virtual)

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.

Speaker: Ashley Brady, PhD, Assistant Dean of Biomedical Career Engagement of Career Engagement and Strategic Partnerships, BRET Office of Career Development ASPIRE Program, Assistant Professor of Medical Education and Administration, Vanderbilt University

Register to attend.



February

NIH OITE Mental Health & Wellness: Anxiety and Anxiety Disorders

Monday, February 1, 2021 from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM CST (virtual)

Many of us observe first-hand the effects of the pressures under which trainees operate as they make the transition from their college or postbac experience to graduate or professional school or enter the job market. At the same time, Visiting Fellows and US trainees from marginalized groups are worried about their place in the scientific endeavor. Staff and faculty are also under stress, dealing with their own career progression, mentoring and supporting others, and finding time to take care of themselves. This is difficult for everyone given the culture of science, which values and requires long hours, intense focus, and sustained drive.

Culture change happens when stakeholders meet to learn new skills and to discuss issues in community. Therefore, the NIH OITE is pleased to sponsor a monthly virtual program focused on the health and well-being of the biomedical research workforce. The program is open to trainees at all educational levels and administrative staff, faculty, and other research supervisors at universities, the NIH and other research institutions. Our aim is to provide tools to help participants cope with their own stress and support others under stress. In addition, we hope to explore programs and program-wide systems that can increase awareness of the role of wellness and resilience in a successful scientific career and provide guidance on strategies for cultivating them.

Each virtual program will include an introductory lecture, time for Q&A, and an optional small group discussion facilitated by experienced mental health practitioners. The goal of the small groups is to share ideas and to learn new skills as we work to develop a culture of wellness in our research groups and programs. We will learn about various elements of mental health, discuss preventive strategies, and work to develop supportive language that can be used with trainees, peers, and colleagues. This interactive program will include role plays and the discussion of scenarios based on real-life situations.

Register to attend.


ASPIRE Bistro for PhD Students: Maximizing Your Research Efforts

Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 11:00 AM (Virtual)

Join Kathy Gould, Ph.D, Professor, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology and Associate Dean for Biomedical Sciences to discuss how to get the most out of your time as a PhD trainee. Topics will include the respective roles, responsibilities, and expectations of PI and trainee in project development and implementation. We will also discuss ways to grow your scientific independence, maximally utilize the resources available to you, manage time wisely, and increase your overall satisfaction with research training while powering forward in your PhD program.

Speaker: Kathy Gould, PhD, Associate Dean for Biomedical Sciences and Louise B. McGavock Professor, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, Vanderbilt University

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NIH OITE Becoming a Resilient Scientist: Managing Up to Maximize Mentoring Relationships

Tuesday, February 9, 2021 from 1:00 -3:00 PM (virtual)

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 improving your relationship with your PI, 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.

Register to attend.


ABRF Presents Online Training, Communication, and Education in the COVID-19 Era

Tuesday, February 9 and Thursday, February 11, 2021 from 12:00 -2:00 CST PM (virtual)

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a rapid shift in the delivery of scientific educational content from in-person workshops, seminars, and one-on-one tutorials to virtual platforms. However, the majority of shared resource leaders are not formally trained in best practices of curriculum design, online education, and scientific communication. This workshop will give shared resource personnel the tools to effectively design and deliver educational content in a virtual environment, with an emphasis on video creation. While useful during the current pandemic, the skills learned in this workshop will be useful to support sustainability of educational content in the future.

Speakers:
Kendra H. Oliver, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Pharmacology, Basic Sciences School of Medicine and in Communication of Science and Technology (CSET), College of Arts and Sciences
Jenny C. Schafer, Ph.D., Managing Director, Cell Imaging Shared Resource, Research Assistant Professor, Cell and Developmental Biology, Vanderbilt University

Register to attend. $25 for ABRF members, $50 for non-members.


ASPIRE Cafe: Non-Tenure Faculty Track

Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 11:00 AM CST (virtual)As a PhD, what are your options for faculty positions outside of the tenure-track? What are the various titles used within Vanderbilt and beyond? What are the expectations associated with these positions? What is the opportunity for advancement? What are typical salary ranges? What are the pros and cons of these types of positions? In this session, the various non-tenured faculty positions will be discussed and evaluated.

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ASPIRE Job Search Series: Behavioral Interviewing

Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 11:00 AM CST (virtual)

“Tell me about a time you worked with a difficult person.”

“When working in a group, conflict inevitably arises. Give me an example of a time this happened to you.”

“Describe the last time you had a tight deadline.”

These are all examples of behavioral interview questions, and they are staple of the interview process for many hiring managers and organizations, especially in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. In this interactive session, we will de-mystify the behavioral interview and provide practical, easy-to-follow strategies for tackling behavioral interview questions with ease.

Speakers
Kim Petrie, PhD, Assistant Dean for Biomedical Career Development, Assistant Professor of Medical Education and Administration

Ashley Brady, PhD, Assistant Dean of Biomedical Career Engagement and Strategic Partnerships, Assistant Professor of Medical Education and Administration

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ASPIRE Cafe: A Fair Look-How to Review A Paper 

Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 11:00AM CST (virtual)

Reviewing scientific manuscripts is an important skill to develop during your training, is a critical service to the scientific community that will be expected of you as you progress in your training, and it helps you to write better papers. Kathy Gould, Ph.D., Louise B. McGavock Professor, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology and Associate Dean for Biomedical Sciences will lead this session in which you will take a look at how to approach reviewing a paper and what goes in to writing a helpful review. Tips will be shared that detail the step-by-step process to ensure that you have evaluated a manuscript critically and fairly to provide the feedback necessary to help the editor make a sound decision about publishing the work.

Speaker: Kathy Gould, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Biomedical Sciences and Louise B. McGavock Professor, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology

Register to attend.



March

NIH OITE The Mental Health and Well-being of Biomedical Researchers: Depression and Depressive Disorders

Monday, March 1st from 12:00-2:15 PM CST (virtual)

Many of us observe first-hand the effects of the pressures under which trainees operate as they make the transition from their college or postbac experience to graduate or professional school or enter the job market. At the same time, Visiting Fellows and US trainees from marginalized groups are worried about their place in the scientific endeavor. Staff and faculty are also under stress, dealing with their own career progression, mentoring and supporting others, and finding time to take care of themselves. This is difficult for everyone given the culture of science, which values and requires long hours, intense focus, and sustained drive.

Culture change happens when stakeholders meet to learn new skills and to discuss issues in community. Therefore, the NIH OITE is pleased to sponsor a monthly virtual program focused on the health and well-being of the biomedical research workforce. The program is open to trainees at all educational levels and administrative staff, faculty, and other research supervisors at universities, the NIH and other research institutions. Our aim is to provide tools to help participants cope with their own stress and support others under stress. In addition, we hope to explore programs and program-wide systems that can increase awareness of the role of wellness and resilience in a successful scientific career and provide guidance on strategies for cultivating them.

Each virtual program will include an introductory lecture, time for Q&A, and an optional small group discussion facilitated by experienced mental health practitioners. The goal of the small groups is to share ideas and to learn new skills as we work to develop a culture of wellness in our research groups and programs. We will learn about various elements of mental health, discuss preventive strategies, and work to develop supportive language that can be used with trainees, peers, and colleagues. This interactive program will include role plays and the discussion of scenarios based on real-life situations.

Register to attend.


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

Thursday, March 4th at 11:00am CST, (virtual)

Join Kathy Gould, Ph.D, Professor, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology and Senior Associate Dean for Biomedical Research, Education and Career Development 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.

Speaker: Kathy Gould, PhD, Associate Dean for Biomedical Sciences and Louise B. McGavock Professor, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, Vanderbilt University

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ASPIRE Cafe: Developing Your Mentoring Style 

Thursday, March 11th at 11:00am, (virtual)

Join Kathy Gould, Ph.D, Louise B. McGavock Professor, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology andSenior Associate Dean for Biomedical Research, Education and Career Development she shares tips and strategies for developing your own effective mentoring style. Learning how to help others learn, grow, and be more effective will also help you succeed. In this session we will explore what makes a good mentor, talk about different mentoring styles, and discuss ways you can develop your mentoring skills during your postdoctoral training.

Speaker: Kathy Gould, PhD, Associate Dean for Biomedical Sciences and Louise B. McGavock Professor, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, Vanderbilt University

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ASPIRE Cafe: Fellowships & NRSAs to Fund Your Postdoctoral Training

Thursday, March 25th at 11:00am CST {virtual)

Join Kim Petrie, Assistant Dean for Biomedical Career Development, for a virtual session about applying for postdoctoral fellowships and especially NIH F32 National Research Service Awards (NRSAs) to fund biomedical postdoctoral training. Topics will include an overview of fellowships and finding postdoctoral funding, criteria by which postdoctoral fellowships are typically evaluated, institutional resources to help you write your application, and common application components of NRSAs.

Speaker: Kim Petrie, PhD, Assistant Dean for Biomedical Career Development, Assistant Professor of Medical Education and Administration

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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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