Biomedical RCR/Career Development Course (GS713)

Presented by The Office of Biomedical Graduate Education

Career Development & RCR Retraining Session
GS713 - 4 credits

Description:  At the end of their 3rd year, a Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) and Career Training course will be required of all students who attended the 1st Year Ethics Retreat. This includes students who are currently enrolled in graduate programs in Arts and Sciences and in Pratt, as well as those in biomedical programs. All 7th year students who have not defended by the Spring graduation deadlines listed by the Graduate School must take an additional cycle of RCR-GS713. This policy ensures that all students who entered biomedical and interdisciplinary programs associated with the School of Medicine are retrained in RCR at least every four years and fulfills the NIH requirement for RCR retraining. The course is consistent with NIH recommendations that students receive career information and complete an Individual Development Plan (IDP). 

Exceptions: Cognitive Neuroscience students who attended Beaufort in their second year may choose to attend GS713 either at the end of their third year or at the end of their fourth year. 

Career Development Session: The morning session will be devoted to career development. Students are encouraged to complete their Individual Development Plan (IDP) in advance of registration. The nature of that IDP can take many forms, as determined by the student’s home program, with the AAAS IDP used as a guide. Recognizing that students may want to keep their IDPs confidential, we only ask that each student confirm that they are in fact accessing this useful tool. During registration, students will also be asked to select three career interest break-out groups they would like to participate in. Please note that students' selections and subsequent group assignments will not be reported back to the student's dissertation advisor, nor to their home department/program.

The morning session will begin with an introductory talk that reviews national and Duke data for career outcomes for biomedical PhDs. This will be followed by information about career training provided by the university Career Center and by the Graduate School and breakout sessions with panelists from academia, teaching, biotech, pharmaceutical industry, science writing/editing, regulatory affairs, clinical research/trials, research/academic administration, etc. Students will be sorted by the career interests they designate on their registration forms.  The morning will end with a lunch talk focused on conflict resolution.

RCR Retraining Forum: The RCR retraining session will occur in the afternoon and include two talks that include NIH-recommended RCR topics and extend the information given at the annual first-year PhD student RCR retreat.

RCR compliance and tracking: All RCR credits are tracked by the university registrar and recorded on the student’s transcript. Overall, biomedical students are required to have 20 hrs of credit in order to graduate with a PhD: 1) 12 hrs for first-year PhD student retreat (GS710); 2) 4 hrs for GS713; and 3) 4 hrs for two additional RCR Forums chosen by the student. As with the annual first-year PhD student retreat, students are required to submit an assessment for the third-year retreat before they receive credit.