Getting Started for Postdoctoral Appointees RCR Training | Health Insurance | Postdoc Association | Quick Reference for Resources and Services | Trainee Handbook Welcome and congratulations on your appointment as a Postdoctoral Appointee at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry! The Office for Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs (GEPA) is the central office that supports the postdoctoral community in the School of Medicine and Dentistry. GEPA is here to help you, so please be sure to contact us if you have any questions, concerns, suggestions, etc. While your Departmental Administrator will take care of the vast majority of details that must be attended to in order for you to get started with our institution, we in GEPA would also like to highlight a few important resources and opportunities: Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training Postdoctoral appointees are required to complete RCR education by completing the Ethics and Professional Integrity in Research course. The training must be completed as soon as possible upon the start of your appointment; the course is held during the Fall semester each year. Policy and Waiver Information Health Insurance Postdoctoral Associates (job code 0093) and Postdoctoral Fellows (job code 0095) You must enroll to attend an upcoming Benefits Orientation facilitated by the Office of Human Resources. You must sign up for health insurance within 30 days of hire. Visiting Postdoctoral Fellows (job code 0094) You have the option of participating in a comprehensive health plan offered by the University Health Service. Email the University Health Service (UHS) for detailed information. A dental plan is also available through Eastman Dental and the Strong Memorial Hospital Department of Dentistry. URMC Postdoctoral Association The URMC Postdoctoral Association (PDA) provides career development, networking and professional recognition opportunities. Getting involved in a PDA committee also provides invaluable real-world administrative experience that will look great on your CV! We encourage you to get involved with yoUR PDA; your email address will automatically be added to the PDA distribution list by GEPA. Read the latest PDA Newsletter. Quick Reference Guide to Resources and Services Take a look at the program from our Resources and Services Expo to learn about some of the key resources available to you here at the U of R! Online Trainee Handbook The GEPA online Trainee Handbook contains a wealth of information that will help you get to know the University of Rochester, the School of Medicine and Dentistry and everything we have to offer! Make sure to review this valuable resource.