Postdoctoral Scholars Training Program


A postdoctoral scholar must have earned a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent doctoral degree and perform research in a specialty area under the supervision of a faculty mentor. He or she should hold the position of postdoctoral fellow or postdoctoral researcher, depending on the source of financial support. Postdoctoral training presupposes that the scholar is capable of independently executing original research under the guidance of the post­doctoral mentor. Appointment as a postdoc­toral scholar is limited to six years, including postdoc­toral training received at other insti­tu­tions, either inside or outside the United States.

Organization of the Program

All postdoctoral scholars are enrolled in a Certi­fi­cate Program that includes multiple tracks, each of which is intended to be completed in two years. Postdoctoral scholars register for three hours of course work in the fall and spring terms and two hours of course work in the summer term. The Program is organized as continuing professional training and is graded on a pass/fail system. Certificates are offered in a variety of tracks, each of which includes required course work. A certificate is awarded upon completion of 15 credit hours of training. Beginning postdoctoral scholars are enrolled in the research track, which has require­ments for course work in ethics, career advance­ment, supervised research, and Works-In-Progress or Journal Club series. Additional certificate offer­ings may include teaching, advanced tech­nology, advanced research, and chemistry.


In addition to providing postdoctoral scholars with unique experiences in specialized research and advanced course work, the Program affords access to benefits including health insurance and other employment benefits, support services, and fitness and recreation opportunities at the Bryan Williams, M.D. Student Center, individualized assistance with career development, computer and software assistance, and the lowest campus parking rates. Most of these areas are described within the General Information site.