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NextGen Training Program


Trainee Responsibilities


Specific Trainee Responsibilities

Trainees in PhD degree earning programs are responsible for consulting with their advisor about their dissertation; regularly updating the advisor about their progress in the PhD program; keeping dissertation committee members updated about progress on their dissertation; and informing the advisor of any personal or professional situations that may affect their progress (e.g., jobs, teaching activities, non-major minor degrees, funding received). With this in mind, specific performance standards include:

All trainees in PhD degree earning programs will submit an annual report to the NextGen Program Advisory Committee (PAC) that includes a research plan and a curriculum plan that is signed off by the primary mentor. The mentor also will submit a brief report summarizing trainee progress and the recommendations of the thesis committee or specific clinical research group.

Postdoctoral fellows supported by the NextGen Program are required to submit a progress report at the end of each academic year (in the spring) to the mentoring committee. This report describes his/her recent research achievements as well as goals for the following year. If research goals are not met, he/she explains why and formulates a specific plan for achieving those goals or changing them to account for unexpected problems or issues. The progress report also describes any other related training activities that occurred that year. For example, each trainee reports how he/she participated in journal clubs, seminar series, and the annual symposium. Participation in other relevant activities, such as mentoring an undergraduate, writing/editing a manuscript, attending scientific meetings, etc. is also discussed.

Trainees in the MSCR degree program are responsible for consulting with their advisor about their thesis project; regularly updating the advisor about their progress in the MSCR program; keeping committee members updated about progress; and informing the advisor of any personal or professional situations that may affect their progress (e.g., jobs, teaching activities, non-major minor degrees, funding received). With this in mind, specific performance standards include:

Trainees in MSCR program will submit an annual report to the NextGen Program Advisory Committee (PAC) that includes a research plan and a curriculum plan that is signed off by the primary mentor. The mentor also will submit a brief report summarizing trainee progress and the recommendations of the thesis committee or specific clinical research group.

The PAC will review these trainee annual reports and provide feedback and suggestions to the primary mentor/preceptor regarding trainee progress. For five years after they complete the program, trainees will be followed annually with regard to their publication and citation records, career paths, and activities related to application and receipt of Federal and non-Federal research support. This system of tracking trainees is already in place as part of the K30 and related BIRCHW programs in the Medical School.

Trainees in the Translational and Clinical Research Curriculum (TCRC) are responsible for consulting with their advisor(s) about their research and grant applicaiton; regularly updating the advisor about their coursework progress; and informing the advisor of any personal or professional situations that may affect their progress (e.g., jobs, teaching activities, non-major minor degrees, funding received). With this in mind, specific performance standards include:

Trainees in MSCR program will submit an annual report to the NextGen Program Advisory Committee (PAC) that includes a research plan and a curriculum plan that is signed off by the primary mentor. The mentor also will submit a brief report summarizing trainee progress and the recommendations of the thesis committee or specific clinical research group.

The PAC will review these trainee annual reports and provide feedback and suggestions to the primary mentor/preceptor regarding trainee progress. For five years after they complete the program, trainees will be followed annually with regard to their publication and citation records, career paths, and activities related to application and receipt of Federal and non-Federal research support. This system of tracking trainees is already in place as part of the K30 and related BIRCHW programs in the Medical School.