Individual Development Plan (IDP)


In July, 2013, the NIH issued a "Notice" encouraging institutions "to assist graduate students and postdoctoral researchers to achieve their career goals within the biomedical research workforce through the use of Individual Development Plans (IDPs)".  Gladstone and all other institutions have been encouraged to report on progress toward this goal in all progress reports submitted on or after October 1, 2014.


IDP Tools


While individual training programs and labs may adopt their own practices with regard to the implementation of IDP's, Gladstone endorses  Science/AAAS's myIDP. myIDP is open to all trainees but may be especially useful for postdocs and any graduate student who is past their qualification exam.


More Information


In her July 23, 2013 blog, Sally Rockey, NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research, provided guidance about NIH's intentions with regard to IDP's.


In his September 7, 2012 Editor's Letter in Science, Bruce Alberts made note of the importance of career planning for members of tomorrow's biomedical workforce.


For more information about what an IDP is, see this article from ScienceCareers.



Check UCSF's OCPD events page for upcoming MyIDP programs as well as slides from past programs.