This year the Early Career Development Course (ECDC) at ACRM will focus on interdisciplinary team science with a keynote address on this topic from Dr. Theresa Bender Pape. In line with this theme, we will also include careers across the spectrum panel to highlight the diversity of roles for those involved in clinical rehabilitation research on interdisciplinary teams. With this careers panel, our navigating promotion and tenure panel and afternoon breakout sessions, we are also aiming to meet you, the attendee, where you are in your career. Whether it be career stage (e.g., post-doc, student) or career focus (e.g., more research leaning, more clinical leaning), we will have something for you! The ECDC 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 from major federal agencies providing updates on policies, career and research opportunities. Representatives from NIH, NIDLIRR, VA, and the CDC will be available to discuss their respective missions, career opportunities or funding priorities, and support for early career researchers.
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 work as well as key elements in professional development in keeping with the course theme.
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.
This year we will feature two 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 be geared towards students/post-doctoral fellows, and the other half will be geared towards junior faculty.
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.