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The URBEST program is structured to allow for a high degree of flexibility, ensuring that trainees can meet their own self-defined learning needs. Please browse the URBEST Calendar for activities you might want attend. Many variations of program study can be created.

We envision that trainees could be considered low-dose, medium-dose, or high-dose URBEST participants, based on URBEST point accumulation through activities. All levels of participation are acceptable. As a program, we are interested in evaluating how URBEST dosing affects trainee career development confidence and satisfaction.

The next open enrollment will be November 1 - 15, 2017. A link will be made available at that time.

Some Basics to Understanding the Program 

  • Enrollment is open to health science and biomedical PhD graduate students and postdoctoral affiliates 2X a year (November and April). 
  • You do not need to be interested in an internship to participate in activities.
  • Each URBEST activity you participate in earns you “points.”
  • Points are used to evaluate engagement when selecting trainees for internships, fellowships or travel awards.
  • NIH will track you for 15 years, using email surveys to evaluate career satisfaction and outcomes. 
  • As a URBEST trainee you will need to complete three mandatory activities:
    • Yearly Individual Development Plan (IDP). Tracey will send you an IDP link each year at the beginning of May, and you will need to complete the IDP and discuss it with your research and career adviser by August 15th. 
    • Yearly URBEST Retreat and Career Workshop. Please save the date for Thursday September 15th, 2016!
    • Either the Spring IND494 Leadership and Management for Scientists: This 2-credit-hour course is designed for graduate students and postdoctoral appointees who wish to enhance their leadership and management skills. It will cover a range of topics, including project management, communication, and personality styles and budgeting skills. The course focuses on human-centered strategies for leading effective teams in biomedical and health science academic environments that can also be translated into research-related careers. Through a series of interactive activities, reflective writing, self-assessment instruments, and group discussions, you will develop a repertoire of techniques for addressing issues that commonly arise within and between research groups.
    • Or the Online Leadership Advantage Program (4 modules). Complete the 4 required modules at MyPath, but taking and passing each of the 4 module self-tests within MyPath and filling out the Section 1 Evaluation. ​Section 1 Evaluation  (Accountability, Career Development, Giving and Receiving Feedback, and Goal Setting)