Welcome to the Center for Professional Development



Alison Billroth-MacLurg won a CPD-sponsored travel award to attend a mini-course about career planning and managing science in the biotech industry. Read about what she learned!


Mission and Vision

Our mission is to supplement every trainee's scientific education with the professional and career development opportunities most appropriate to each individual trainee’s interests and skills.

Our vision is for all trainees to have an impactful, fulfilling, and prosperous career.

Services Available


There are several School of Medicine and Dentistry courses related to professional development available. Check out the Course Description / Course Schedule (CDCS) to review availability by term.

Individual Support

Request an appointment with our Life Sciences Writing Specialist, Elaine Smolock, for assistance learning how to improve your skills in any of the areas below. Review our Services List for additional details.

  • Career Services
  • Fellowships and Grants
  • Scientific Writing Fundamentals and Publication

See our Success Stories to learn what others have to say about our individualized services.

Opportunities to Explore

Opportunities to Explore (OTE) is a weekly email newsletter specifically for SMD graduate students and postdocs. OTE highlights professional and career development items of interest throughout the University, the Rochester community, and the country. OTE also highlights current webinars, articles, and other online opportunities. OTE is specifically for trainees in the life sciences and is distributed on Fridays. View the OTE Archive.

Self-Study Resources

Check out books from the CPD Lending Library. To check something out, visit our office in G-9556 or email us with your request.

There are more than 500 resources available throughout this website including articles, blogs, webinars, websites, and more.

Take advantage of SMD subscriptions for premium content to career planning websites Bio Careers and the Versatile PhD.

Seminars and Workshops

Seminars and workshops are offered weekly on a variety of topics including transferable and supplemental skills development, career exploration and planning, fellowships and grants, writing, and research ethics. Useful materials from recent seminars and workshops are available on the relevant CPD webpage, as well as in the Recent Seminars and Workshops Archive.

Upcoming Events Calendar

Sponsored Programs

The CPD is a proud sponsor of the following programs:

Upcoming Events

Contact Us

Phone number:
(585) 275-4522


Need Writing Assistance?

Request an appointment with our Life Sciences Writing Specialist

View our Success Stories

CPD Town Hall Meetings

Please watch our recent town hall meetings

CPD/BEST Town Hall Meeting Faculty Video/Slides

CPD/BEST Town Hall Meeting Trainee Video/Slides