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myIDP Selected as 2013 AAMC Innovation Award Winner
Created by on 08/08/2013

Last month, myIDP, an online career planning tool for creating individual development plans (IDPs), was selected as winner of the 2013 Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Award for Innovative Institutional Partnerships in Research and Research-Focused Training.  Released in the fall of 2012, myIDP helps graduate students and a postdoc in the sciences develop a step-by-step plan for reaching career goals, and currently has over 25,000 registrants.  The myIDP tool was developed through the collaborative effort of the University of California San Francisco, the Medical College of Wisconsin, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Jennifer Hobin, PhD, former FASEB Science Policy Director, and Phil Clifford, PhD, a member of FASEB’s Training Subcommittee, were active participants in the project.
 
AAMC’s selection committee chose myIDP as the winner out of 35 entries based on creativity, collaborative partnerships, and impact on institutional practices.  The award will be formally announced and presented at the AAMC Graduate Research, Education, and Training (GREAT) Group Professional Development Meeting on September 19-21 in Atlanta.
 
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has also recognized the utility of IDPs by publishing a notice encouraging institutions to develop policies regarding IDP use by individuals who are supported by any NIH grant. To facilitate adoption of such policies, NIH will encourage grantees to report on how IDPs are used to manage their training and career development as part of the research performance progress report beginning October 1, 2014.

For more information, or to register with myIDP, visit its website at http://myidp.sciencecareers.org/.


 

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