Last week, on June 8, the National Institute of General Medical Sciences issued a formal Request for Information: Strategies for Modernizing Biomedical Graduate Education. We first wrote about NIGMS’ push to modernize how graduate students in biomedical research are educated and trained in December of last year. At the time, Director Jon Lorsch had just announced a number of activities NIGMS was incorporating into its training modules as part of a much larger effort to completely overhaul the biomedical research graduate education system. Now NIGMS wants your input on how best to move this initiative forward.
Topics that could be addressed but are not limited to:
- Current strengths, weaknesses and challenges in graduate biomedical education.
- Changes that could enhance graduate education to ensure that scientists of tomorrow have the skills, abilities and knowledge they need to advance biomedical research as efficiently and effectively as possible.
- The major barriers to achieving these changes and potential strategies to overcome those barriers.
- The key skills that graduate students should develop in order to become outstanding biomedical scientists, and the best approaches for developing those skills.
- Potential approaches to modernizing graduate education through the existing NIGMS institutional predoctoral training grants program to ensure that trainees have the skills and knowledge they need to be prepared to enter the biomedical research workforce.
- Anything else you feel is important for NIGMS to consider.
Send your responses in by Aug. 5 via a web form. All comments will be anonymous so speak up!