Postdoctoral fellows will devote at least 75% effort to mentored research, supplemented by conferences, seminars, and coursework based on individual needs. Each trainee will develop an individual development plan, and progress is to be continuously monitored and formally evaluated. PREMIER includes:
- Mentored research - PREMIER fellows will be mentored by one primary established mentor associated with the core of central interest to the fellow and 1-2 secondary mentors from the other cores to enhance the fellow’s experience.
- Didactic training may lead to a master’s degree, such as Master of Science in Clinical and Translation Science (MS-CTS). Elective courses are listed in the table below.
- UIC offers a variety of research, academic and clinical seminars, journal clubs and lectures to engage in current research and practices. Attendance recommendations will be tailored depending on scope and relevance to the fellow’s research interests.
- Grant writing workshops and courses for credit are offered to advance grant-writing skills and to learn the mechanics of the NIH grant application and provide consultation and grant reviews to junior investigators.
- All trainees will be required to attend at least one annual national meeting related to their research area of interest. As PREMIER encompasses a wide range of multidisciplinary, a number of national organizations may provide suitable venues for attendance as well as presentation.
- Professional and Career development - PREMIER fellows will also receive training on communication skills, professionalism, and leadership and management skills, which are essential to increase their competitiveness in the next stage of their career.