This conference directly supports the National Institutes of Health (NIH) mission in terms of recruiting and developing the research workforce in the disease areas of nephrology, urology benign hematology.
The purpose of this conference is to bring together all institutional T32 program directors, relevant NIDDK/KUH staff, and other interested members of the scientific community to discuss the current state of the T32 program, share best practices for potential improvement, and develop program elements that can be shared for prospective T32 program directors.
May 15, 2019
May 21, 2019
- 8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
- Introduction to the Meeting and Review of Goals
Robert Star, M.D., Division Director, Division of Kidney, Urologic, and Hematologic Diseases, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease (NIDDK), National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Session I: Current State of the Union for Kidney, Urologic, and Hematologic (KUH) T32s
- 8:45 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
- Review of KUH National Research Service Award (NRSA) Portfolio
Tracy L. Rankin, Ph.D., M.P.H., NIDDK
- 9:15 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
- Update on NIH Efforts to Improve NRSA Programs
Kay Lund, Ph.D., Division of Biomedical Research Workforce, Office of Extramural Research, NIH
- 9:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
- Lessons Learned NRSA Evaluations at National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)
Alison E. Gammie, Ph.D., Director, Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity, NIGMS
- 10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Session II: Recruitment into Research
- 10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
- Invited Panel Discussion: Finding Talent
Anil Rustgi, M.D., The University of Pennsylvania; Joseph Avruch, M.D., Massachusetts General Hospital; Chi-Yuan Hsu, M.D., University of California, San Francisco; Joseph Bonventre, M.D., Ph.D., Harvard University; Luis Navar, Ph.D., Tulane University
Questions to Consider:
How can we recruit the best talent from across scientific disciplines?
How can we build recruitment pipelines outside of nephrology and promote interdisciplinary science within current T32 structures?
How can we reduce barriers to interdisciplinary recruitment?
- 11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
- Challenges and Opportunities of Recruiting Earlier in the Pipeline—Experiences with Undergraduates and High Schoolers
Li-Li Hsiao, M.D., Ph.D., Harvard University
- 12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
- 1:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
- Assign Breakout Groups
- 1:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
- Breakout Group Discussions Begin
- Recruitment and Retention
Group Leaders: Anupam Agarwal and Terry Bishop
- How to recruit into KUH mission interests?
- What is the role of the T32s
- Mission and Appropriate Evaluation Metrics
Group Leaders: Joe Bonventre and Tracy Rankin
- What is the mission of the T32 program?
- What are the goals of the program?
- Should clinical science and basic science be in the same footing (i.e., are there different considerations for clinical scientists versus basic scientists)?
- How should we define success?
- What is the role of the T32 program in supporting the subspecialty of medicine? If changes in the program affect recruitment to the subspecialty, do we risk losing more of the physician scientist pool?
- How will we know when we get there?
- Designing the “Perfect” Training Program
Group Leaders: Susan Furth and Chris Ketchum
- If you were provided with a “clean slate,” how would you structure training for tomorrow’s science?
- How do the needs of clinical scientists differ from those of basic scientists?
- How do the needs of M.D. scientists differ from those of Ph.D. scientists?
- What are the advantages and disadvantages of the “department/division” based model versus the “interdisciplinary” model?
- Trainee Only Breakout (Day 1 Only)
Group Leaders: Victoria Spruance and Christine Maric-Bilkan
- What are the challenges facing them?
- How did being on the T32 help/hinder them?
- Did they know whether the fellowship programs they considered applying to had T32 institutional grants and did this influence their decision to apply and/or accept and offer and/or become a nephrologist?
- What recommendations do they have? What would they change? What would they keep the same?
- Are there any content areas that should be formally introduced into T32 programs via didactics or workshops?
- 3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
- 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
- Reports from Breakout Group Discussions
- 5:00 p.m.
May 22, 2019
- 8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
- Brief Synopsis of Day 1
Session III: Trainees’ Perspectives
- 8:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
- Trainee’s Perspectives
Trainee Panel–Currently-supported and Previously-supported T32 Trainees
Carmen De Miguel, University of Alabama, Birmingham
Mirela Dobre, Case Western Reserve University
Peter Sage, Harvard Medical School
David Leaf, Harvard Medical School
Agustin Gonzalez-Vincente, Case Western Reserve University
Keyona King, Emory University
Session IV: Recruiting Physician Scientists and Promoting a Diverse Workforce
- 9:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
- Considerations for Physician Scientists
Alison Hall, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Research Workforce Development,
The George Washington University
- 10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
- Considerations for Recruiting for Workforce Diversity
Nina Ardery, Deputy Director, Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program, Indiana University
- 10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
- Panel Discussion: Challenges for Mentors/Mentor Support and Training
Susan Furth, M.D., Ph.D., The University of Pennsylvania; Lisa Guay-Woodford, M.D., Children’s National Medical Center; Vick Ellingrod, PharmD, University of Michigan; Kirk McHugh, PhD. Nationwide Children’s Hospital
- 11:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Session V: Evaluation of Training Programs
- 11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
- General Approach to Evaluations
Ajay Vatave, M.D., M.P.H., Office of Performance, Evaluation, and Reporting, NIH
- 12:15 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
- Data Challenges
Jennie Larkin, Ph.D., Director, Office of Research Evaluation and Operations, NIDDK
- 12:45 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
- Breakouts Day 2/Working Lunch
- 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
- Final Breakout Reports
- 3:00 p.m.