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Mbd: Careers by Design: Building a Professional Development Blueprint workshop series

March 29 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

Careers by Design: Building a Professional Development Blueprint workshop series

Join us on March 29 for the launch of Careers by Design: Building a Professional Development Blueprint. This new workshop series aims to foster healthy lab environments that support the inclusion and well-being of all members, while empowering graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and research/scientific associates to realize their academic and professional goals.

This series will support the introduction of the Individual Development Plan (IDP), created by the Healthy and Inclusive Labs Committee as a tool to support trainee well-being and success. Medicine by Design encourages all labs in our community to adopt this tool, which facilitates open and ongoing conversations between trainees and supervisors about goals, expectations and professional development. Learn more about the IDP.

All workshops will be led by Nana Lee, PhD, Director, Graduate Professional Development & Mentorship, and Assistant Professor in the departments of Biochemistry & Immunology at the University of Toronto (U of T).

Workshop #1 : Optimizing Research Productivity and Professional Development
Explore and learn how to use the IDP at our first workshop on Monday, March 29, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. We encourage graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, research/scientific associates and principal investigators from past or current Medicine by Design-funded labs to join us for this first session.


Register for the workshop


Once registered please become familiar and/or fill out the Science Careers IDP to prepare for the first workshop. A resource video can be found here on how to fill it out.

After the introductory workshop, participants will be invited to continue to participate in five monthly workshops addressing different areas of a personal and professional development, including communication skills, wellness and career development. Workshops will be held on the last Monday of every month until August.

Learn more about about the workshop series.

If you have any questions, please contact Info.mbd@utoronto.ca.



Why labs should adopt the IDP

  • To create a healthy and inclusive lab environment where all members can thrive.
  • To facilitate open and honest communication between trainees and their mentors.
  • To encourage trainees and PIs to think about the type of lab environment they would like to create, and provide an avenue where challenges and concerns can be raised.
  • For trainees to set clear expectations with their supervisor by identifying short-term goals and milestones to achieve their research objectives.
  • To prompt conversations about additional technical and professional skills trainees would like to develop.
  • To allow trainees to explore the many different opportunities and career options in and outside of research, and receive guidance from their supervisor.




March 29
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT