Webinars from the NIH OITE

Sent on behalf of Dr. Sharon Milgram:

Dear All: I hope you are well. Here are updates from the NIH OITE, including 1) the schedule of webinars for next week (somewhat abbreviated because we have our virtual postbac poster day and it is our first experience with 900 posters in a virtual formal); 2) an invitation for trainees to participate in small group discussions focused on developing feedback resilience and assertiveness skills, and 3) an invitation for program leadership and faculty to attend small group discussions with OITE wellness experts to discuss supporting trainees. There is also a brief note at the bottom about a way for you to offer some resilience discussion groups on your campus.

Traditional Journal Publishing
Apr 24, 2020 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Traditional journal publishing: Instead of trying the spaghetti-sticking approach or impact factors, let’s talk about the best ways to identify a journal for your manuscript, and then how to navigate the submission process. We will look at several levels of journals and discuss pros/cons of each, along with the hidden importance of cover letters and how to appeal decisions you don’t agree with.


Essential Leadership Skills for Scientists

Apr 27, 2020 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Gain leadership skills as a scientist. We will discuss understanding yourself and how you relate to others. Good communication skills and developing your emotional intelligence. Speaker, Dr. Sharon Milgram

CVs, Resumes, and cover letters: Essential Job Search Documents

Apr 30, 2020 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
This workshop will highlight the critical elements and structure of CVs and resumes and cover letters. These important job documents serve as the foundation for all job searches, and knowing how to create them based on the employment sector and published position description is essential. Speaker, Dr. Lori Conlan

Pre-/post-publication peer review

May 01, 2020 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Pre-/post-publication peer review: You do a study, you write up the paper, and then you publish it. That’s it, right? Not so fast: peer review has always been a recurring step in the scientific process, but methods to do so are even more widespread than ever. We will talk about benefits and challenges of using preprint sites like bioRxiv, and the wide world of peer-reviewed feedback after publishing your manuscript. Speaker, Dr. Chris Gunter



Dear All: We have had requests from many of your trainees to host some small group discussions similar to the ones we offer for NIH trainees. We are going to try and do that next week and decided to focus the workshops around the theme of difficult conversations and feedback. We hope these discussions will help students and postdocs develop the ability to talk with their PIs about their needs now and in the long-term. I am sure that the conversation will touch on many other topics, including self-confidence, imposter fears, wellness and Covid-19 stress. Students will get the most out of the experience if they first watch the feedback resilience talk but this is not a requirement

To register to participate, students should:

  1. Pick a date/time and register for only one time slot; the registration links are below and all times are EST; registration will close 3 pm Friday May 24, 2020. If you find out afterward that you cannot attend, email Dr. Patty Wagner (Wagnerpa@nih.gov) so we can remove you from the list and help you find another session. If you sign up, please make the commitment to come as there are a limited number of slots available and we want to accommodate as many of you as possible.
  2. Agree to join the session and, if you have a camera on your computer, join and participate with your camera on. Part of the experience of the small group is the connection you will make with other students and postdocs and seeing each other really helps with building trust and communicating clearly. If you are worried about what folks might see in the background when you are on camera, use a virtual background. And if you do not have a camera, consider using your phone and the camera on your phone. We know that dogs bark, kids ask for help and cats disrupt meetings all the time so please do not worry about that!
  3. Watch the feedback resilience video (link above) and consider the prompt at the end of workshop in preparation for the session (actually writing about it is better, but thinking about it is good enough for us) and consider watching two other videos that are relevant to the topic.
  4. Use the Zoom link they receive over the weekend or early next week to sign on at the assigned time.
  5. Agree to filling out the feedback survey when it (finally) comes; this is a giant experiment and we need feedback!


April 27, 2020 at 10:00am – https://www.training.nih.gov/sas/_20/1821

April 27, 2020 at 11:00am – https://www.training.nih.gov/sas/_20/1822

April 27, 2020 at 1:00pm – https://www.training.nih.gov/sas/_20/1823

April 27, 2020 at 2:00pm – https://www.training.nih.gov/sas/_20/1824

April 28, 2020 at 11:00am – https://www.training.nih.gov/sas/_20/1825

April 28, 2020 at 2:00pm – https://www.training.nih.gov/sas/_20/1826

April 28, 2020 at 3:00pm – https://www.training.nih.gov/sas/_20/1827

April 28, 2020 at 4:15pm – https://www.training.nih.gov/sas/_20/1828

April 29, 2020 at 10:00am – https://www.training.nih.gov/sas/_20/1829

April 29, 2020 at 11:00am – https://www.training.nih.gov/sas/_20/1830

April 29, 2020 at 1:00pm – https://www.training.nih.gov/sas/_20/1831

April 29, 2020 at 2:00pm – https://www.training.nih.gov/sas/_20/1832

April 29, 2020 at 3:00pm – https://www.training.nih.gov/sas/_20/1833

April 30, 2020 at 11:00am – https://www.training.nih.gov/sas/_20/1834

April 30, 2020 at 12:00pm – https://www.training.nih.gov/sas/_20/1835

April 30, 2020 at 1:00pm – https://www.training.nih.gov/sas/_20/1836

April 30, 2020 at 2:00pm – https://www.training.nih.gov/sas/_20/1837

April 30, 2020 at 3:00pm – https://www.training.nih.gov/sas/_20/1838

May 1, 2020 at 11:00am – https://www.training.nih.gov/sas/_20/1839

May 1, 2020 at 12:00pm – https://www.training.nih.gov/sas/_20/1840

May 1, 2020 at 2:00pm – https://www.training.nih.gov/sas/_20/1841



I am pleased to provide this link (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJppE17PULM) to a taped discussion I recently had with some of the OITE wellness advisors about trainee health and wellness during the coronavirus pandemic. Our goal was to address questions raised by faculty and graduate/postdoc program office directors, submitted on-line or during this webinar (https://register.gotowebinar.com/recording/recordingView?webinarKey=2344025056173751566&registrantEmail=milgrams%40nih.gov.

We will be holding small group discussions for faculty and grad/postdoc program leaders to more deeply discuss this information and to ask specific questions of a mental health expert. If you would be interested in participating in a small group, please fill out this brief survey:https://www.training.nih.gov/sas/_20/1820/. Please note that we will NOT be discussing NIH grant policy during the small group discussions – the goal will be to talk about helping our trainees manage the uncertainty, stress and anxiety we are all experiencing now and will likely be experiencing for some time to come.


As you can see above, we are going to try some discussion groups for non-NIH trainees this week. If you want to try one related to wellness and stress managment for trainees on your campus, please send me an email with the subject line RESILIENCE GROUP FOR MY TRAINEES and I will set up a call to discuss how we might move forward. The deadline for letting me know is noon Monday April 27.

Be well and as always, reach out if there is anything the NIH OITE can do for the community during this confusing and challenging time,



Dr. Sharon L. Milgram
Director, NIH OITE