Career development

Career development can take many shapes and forms. For those dedicated to an academic job that evolves into an independent research career, a variety of workshops, courses, and other resources exist to enhance individuals’ abilities to identify career goals that align with their interests and values. These resources are designed to help budding investigators identify learning and career goals; articulate skills required to achieve their goals; navigate different tracks and pathways in academic medicine; maximize mentor-mentee relationships; enhance writing and presentation skills; and strategically secure funding to complete research. Although general resources are noted here, career development resources at individual academic institutions or through other local/regional settings may also be available.


NASPGHAN Fellows Conferences
1st, 2nd, and 3rd year fellow conferences sponsored by NASPGHAN cover a variety of career development topics for Pediatric GI Fellows

AGA-AASLD Academic Skills Workshop
Free workshop and travel grant that requires application each Fall (around September/October) and AGA or AASLD membership. 

AGA Future Leaders Program
Program led by the AGA to engage and develop future leaders in gastroenterology

 APS/SPR Young Investigator Program  
Applications accepted in the Fall each year for this program sponsored by the Academic Pediatric Society/Society for Pediatric Research that includes a mentor-mentee program, financial support for PAS attendance, and other career development opportunities at PAS


Clinical & Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Education and Training resources
General information on formal clinical research training awards and programs supported through CTSA funding at various institutions

Guide to Public Health
Various Public Health Schools offer a variety of options for short- and long-term research training such as certificates in clinically-oriented research or Master’s degree in Public Health

Other Resources

Academic Development Plan
Article outlining steps to take in developing career goals and plans

AGA Resources for Trainees and Young GIs
Collection of articles, slide decks, and programs to facilitate various academic skills, as well as a tool to identify mentors/advisors

Science Career Resources
From the journal Science, a variety of practical “how-to” resources on CV preparation, interviewing, funding, networking, and more.

Individualized Training Plan
Through Science Careers, exercises to examine skills are paired with information on scientific career paths and tools for strategic goal setting.