An Individual Development Plan (IDP), long recommended by the Office of Postdoctoral Education, can facilitate dialogue between mentor and postdocs to plan goals for training and is now strongly encouraged by the NIH for every graduate student and postdoc supported by an NIH grant, regardless of funding mechanism.

Learn how UAB is addressing the recommendation.  An individual development plan (IDP) helps you explore career possibilities and set goals to follow the career path that fits you best.

myIDP website provides:

  • Exercises to help you examine your skills, interests, and values

  • A list of 20 scientific career paths with a prediction of which ones best fit your skills and interests

  • A tool for setting strategic goals for the coming year, with optional reminders to keep you on track

  • Articles and resources to guide you through the process

Like the MyIDP, the AAMC Careers in Medicine site is a starting point for clinically-focused investigators.

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