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NIH Resilience Training Program

Personal and professional skills training for graduate students and postdocs

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The Graduate College and Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and Professional Development invite graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to participate in a virtual resilience and professional skills training program in collaboration with the NIH Office of Intramural Training and EducationParticipants who attend all six small group meetings and complete the evaluation survey of this pilot program will be awarded a certificate of completion by the NIH. This program is sponsored by the NIH/NIGMS Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity.

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  • Who: All graduate students and postdoctoral fellows regardless of field/discipline, see unit topics below.
  • What: A virtual resilience and professional skills training program offered by the NIH through a series of six free webinars and subsequent optional small group discussion sessions facilitated by Drexel faculty and professional staff.
  • Where: Virtual via Zoom.
  • WhenVarious dates and times throughout the winter and spring terms, see below.
  • Why: Navigating graduate school, the career planning and exploration process, research environments, and the stress of everyday life can seem overwhelming and lead us to doubt ourselves, including in times when we need to be strong and confident the most. The goal of this virtual training series is to help you develop the resilience you need to navigate challenging situations in graduate school, career, and everyday life. The webinars will highlight emotional intelligence competencies needed for academic success and for thriving in research and career. We will discuss the cultivation of skills to help you realize resilience and identify and deal with obstacles that get in your way. Participants who attend all six small group meetings and complete the evaluation survey of this pilot program will be awarded a certificate of completion by the NIH.

How to ParticipateRegister for and view one or more of the six free webinars hosted by NIH. Webinar dates, descriptions, and links to register are listed below. You may view the webinars live or view the recordings prior to the subsequent small group discussion. Advanced registration is required to access the live webinars or view the recording. While you may participate in or view recordings of any of the NIH webinars, it is recommended to participate in the entire series, including the small group discussions, as the material relates and concepts will be developed throughout the series. Participants who attend all six small group meetings and complete the evaluation survey of this pilot program will be awarded a certificate of completion by the NIH.

Small Group Discussion Sessions: Then, if you are interested in engaging in further discussion on one or more of the topics, you can register for small group discussion sessions facilitated by Drexel University faculty and professional staff (virtual via Zoom). Participants are expected to watch each of the webinars and journal or reflect upon the resilience tools and strategies presented prior to the small, confidential group discussions in the following week.

If you are interested in participating in a small group discussion, please complete the form below to receive more information and links to register via Zoom:

Program Interest Form [Qualtrics]

Registration for the small group discussions is first come, first serve and sessions will be capped at 20 people. Completing the form linked above does NOT register you for a small group discussion. You will receive a link to register closer to the sessions via email.

Small Group Session Facilitators

MONDAYS

 

Natalie Chernets, PhD, Director of Postdoctoral Affairs & Professional Development, Associate Director, MD/PhD Program, Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies, Drexel University College of Medicine

 

Marisol Rodriguez MergenthalMBA, Director, Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LS-AMP)

 

WEDNESDAYS


Michael Bouchard, PhD
, Director of the Division of Biomedical Science Programs in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies & Professor in the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology in the College of Medicine


Rebecca Signore
, MA, Director, Center for Learning and Academic Success Services


Program Schedule

Unit 1: An Introduction to Resilience and Wellness

We all experience setback and disappointments in science, work and life. In this webinar, we will look at seven key elements of resilience with a focus on building habits that promote healthier responses and resilient behaviors in the face of set-back in educational and work environments.


Register to Access the Unit 1 Webinar Recording [Zoom]

Small group discussion options for Unit 1:

Monday, February 1, 2021 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. ET

OR Wednesday, February 3, 2021 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. ET

 

Registration links for small group discussions to be shared with those who indicate interest. Please complete the Program Interest Form linked above.

 

Unit 2: Exploring Our Self-Talk: Cognitive Distortions and Imposter Fears

 

We tell ourselves stories about what is happening to us and around us. In this webinar, we will explore how our self-talk is generated and look at ways our self-talk can either help us be more resilient or how it can hurt us and hold us back. We will look at two important elements of our self-talk, cognitive distortions and imposter fears and explore ways to recognize internal messages and input from others that distorts our views of our abilities and accomplishments.

 

Monday, February 15, 2021

2:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET


Register for Unit 2 Webinar [Zoom]

Small group discussion options for Unit 2:

Monday, February 22, 2021 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. ET

OR Wednesday, February 24, 2021 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. ET

 

Registration links for small group discussions to be shared with those who indicate interest. Please complete the Program Interest Form linked above.

Unit 3: Emotions and Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace

Emotions can play a critical role in how we communicate, navigate relationships, and manage conflict. In this webinar, we will discuss Emotional Intelligence and emotions and how they influence our resilience as scientists.

 

Monday, March 8, 2021

2:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET


Register for Unit 3 Webinar [Zoom]

Small group discussion options for Unit 3:

Monday, March 15, 2021 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. ET

OR Wednesday, March 17, 2021 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. ET

 

Registration links for small group discussions to be shared with those who indicate interest. Please complete the Program Interest Form linked above.

Unit 4: Self-Advocacy and Assertiveness

We all need to develop the skills needed to be assertive and to advocate for ourselves, especially in hierarchical environments where we sometimes feel we do not have a voice. In this webinar, we will discuss how to set boundaries, communicate expectations, ask for feedback and discuss difficult issues with friends, mentors, colleagues and supervisors. 

 

Monday, March 30, 2021

2:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET


Register for Unit 4 Webinar [Zoom]

Small group discussion options for Unit 4:

Monday, April 5, 2021 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. ET

OR Wednesday, April 7, 2021 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. ET

 

Registration links for small group discussions to be shared with those who indicate interest. Please complete the Program Interest Form linked above.

Unit 5: Developing Feedback Resilience

We all need feedback to grow and learn but we often become defensive and are unable to learn from the feedback we receive, even if it is delivered well. In this webinar, we will talk about why receiving feedback is so difficult and explore ways to stay calm and engaged when receiving feedback. We will also talk about giving feedback in a calm and assertive way so that our voice can be heard.

 

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

2:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET


Register for Unit 5 Webinar [Zoom]

Small group discussion options for Unit 5:

Monday, April 26, 2021 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. ET

OR Wednesday, April 28, 2021 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. ET

 

Registration links for small group discussions to be shared with those who indicate interest. Please complete the Program Interest Form linked above.

Unit 6: Managing Up to Maximize Mentoring Relationships

We all need mentors to support and encourage us throughout our educational and career journey. In this webinar, we will talk about the mentoring relationship in research environments with a focus on improving your relationship with your PI, finding mentors and on improving communication and interpersonal interactions. The webinar will help clarify what you need from your supervisors and mentors and address how to get what you need from these important interactions.

 

Monday, May 10, 2021

2:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET


Register for Unit 6 Webinar [Zoom]

Small group discussion options for Unit 6:

Monday, May 17, 2021 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. ET

OR Wednesday, May 19, 2021 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. ET

 

Registration links for small group discussions to be shared with those who indicate interest. Please complete the Program Interest Form linked above.

 

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact:

Natalie Chernets, PhD
Director of Postdoctoral Affairs & Professional Development
Associate Director, MD/PhD Program
Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies, College of Medicine
215.762.1855
natalie.chernets@drexel.edu