Assistant Professor University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston, Texas
Body of Abstract:
The Early Career Development Course at ACRM continues to be a favorite for early and mid-career conference attendees due to the opportunities for making connections with seasoned professionals and organizational leaders. In this forum, attendees are able to ask questions regarding career development opportunities and receive mentorship from some of the most renowned members of the ACRM community.
The speakers will provide participants with career development tools and advice in regard to career promotion. The course will provide opportunities to learn from experts in interdisciplinary team science, funding agency representatives, and distinguished scientists. Through didactic presentations, panel discussions, small group discussions, and one-on-one networking, the attendees will learn how to confront career development challenges.
The program will include presentations from representatives of major federal agencies discussing new rules and regulations as well as updates on early career opportunities. Officials from NIH, NIDLIRR, VA, and the CDC will be available to give grantsmanship advice based on each organization’s mission and funding priorities.
The Emerging Scholars Panel Session will feature early career research professionals who will share their experiences and insights about grant writing and successful implementation of research goals.
A renowned keynote speaker, Dr. Theresa Bender Pape, with an outstanding reputation in the field of rehabilitation will share her her career journey, professional development, and successful interdisciplinary team science.
This year we will feature 2 new panels. We will have a Careers Across the Spectrum Panel – 100% Clinician to 100% Researcher, which will include prominent and accomplished rehabilitation professionals who will let you know what attributes they deem important when working in interdisciplinary research teams. We will also have a career advice for recently tenured women. This panel will be led by Dr. Katie Siengsukon.
We will also have afternoon career advice breakout sessions focused on meeting attendees where they are in their career. Half of the course will focus on student/post-doc issues and the other half will focus on junior faculty issues.
In collaboration with the Early Career Mentoring Task Force of the Early Career Networking Group, the course will also include a mentoring lunch, which will give mentees the opportunity to discuss various career development topics in a small group setting.
Following the course, we will have a reception in collaboration with the ECNG to give the attendees an opportunity to network with course speakers, other early career professionals, new members, and ACRM leadership.