2019 AAMC Innovations in Research and Research Training Awards - October 21

Includes a Live Event on 10/21/2019 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

The four recipients of the 2019 AAMC Innovations in Research and Research Education Award will share their innovative programs to Support the Next Generation of Researchers to Launch and Maintain Scientific Careers. This is the eighth annual award developed in collaboration with the Graduate Research, Education, and Training GREAT) Group and Group on Research Advancement and Development (GRAND) leadership. The four awarded projects were selected by a panel of leaders in biomedical research, education, and training from AAMC-member institutions as well as AAMC staff. Entries were judged on creativity, impact, and feasibility of replication of the innovation.

Abstracts of the winning programs are available here.

First Prize Winner
Academic Career Readiness Assessment
University of California, San Francisco – Laurence Clement, PhD

Second Prize Winner
Data Science Essentials
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine – Ashley Brady, PhD

Third Prize Winners, Tied
Vice Presidents Clinical and Translational (VPCAT) Research Scholars Program
University of Utah School of Medicine – Michael Rubin, MD, PhD, MS

Integrating Career and Professional Development in the PhD Curriculum
University of Massachusetts Medical School – Cynthia Fuhrmann, PhD

Laurence Clement, PhD

UCSF - Director of Research in Career Education, Program Director of Academic Career Development, Office of Career and Professional Development; Associate Adjunct Professor, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Laurence Clement is the Director of Research in Career Education and the Program Director of Academic Career Development at the University of California, San Francisco Office of Career and Professional Development. She also holds an Associate Adjunct Professor position in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at UCSF. Laurence develops and studies interventions that have the potential to broaden access to biomedical careers in academia. In collaboration with Jennie Dorman and Rick McGee (Northwestern University), and with a grant from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, she developed the Academic Career Readiness Assessment or ACRA, which is now used by institutions around the country to level the playing field among academic-career bound trainees. She is currently a PI on a collaborative NSF grant with City College of San Francisco and is the co-Chair of the new Graduate Career Consortium Education Research committee. Laurence trained as a science education researcher through the American Society for Microbiology's Biology Scholars Program. She holds a PhD in Endocrinology and Cell Interactions from Université Paris-Sud, France, and trained as a postdoctoral fellow at UCSF.

Ashley Brady, PhD

Vanderbilt - Assistant Dean of Biomedical Career Engagement and Strategic Partnerships; Assistant Professor of Medical Education and Administration

Ashley Brady is Assistant Dean of Biomedical Career Engagement and Strategic Partnerships and Assistant Professor of Medical Education and Administration at Vanderbilt University in the Biomedical Research Education and Training (BRET) Office of Career Development. She is integrally involved in executing the goals of Vanderbilt’s ASPIRE Program. As such, she designs, develops, and delivers curricula and programs in career development and professionalism for biomedical sciences PhD students and postdoctoral fellows. Leveraging her prior experience in Foundation Relations at Vanderbilt, she is also responsible for developing and managing relationships with internal and external partners to support numerous ASPIRE Programs including the internship and externship programs, modules, ASPIRE on the Road, and various invited-speaker series. Dr. Brady received her PhD in Pharmacology from Vanderbilt University and held postdoctoral fellowships at both the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Montpellier, France, as well as Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

Michael A. Rubin, MD, PhD, MS

University of Utah - Professor of Internal Medicine and Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs and Development

Dr. Rubin is a Tenured Professor and Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine. He is also the Section Chief of Epidemiology at the VA Salt Lake City Health Care System, where is he also Associate Director of the VA Salt Lake Informatics, Decision-Enhancement, and Analytic Sciences (IDEAS) Center of Innovation and lead of the Mentoring and Career Development Core. He is primarily interested in health services research and implementation science, particularly as these relate to topics in infectious diseases and infection prevention and has led research teams on numerous projects focusing on preventable healthcare-associated infections. He also has a strong devotion to mentoring and faculty development, having served as mentor on several career development awards, and now the Director of the Vice President's Clinical and Translational (VPCAT) Research Scholars Program. He completed his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees (in Microbiology & Immunology) from the University of Illinois-Chicago and completed his residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the University of Utah.

Cynthia N. Fuhrmann, PhD

University of Massachusetts - Assistant Dean, Career & Professional Development; Associate Professor, Biochemistry & Molecular Pharmacology; Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Cynthia Fuhrmann is Assistant Dean of Career and Professional Development in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology at University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, MA.  She has 15 years of experience directing programs in professional skills training and career planning for early-career biomedical scientists, including at University of California San Francisco (with a focus on future faculty) and at UMassMed. She founded and directs UMassMed’s Center for Biomedical Career Development, which serves the campus’s ~600 students and postdocs while acting as a scholarly incubator for educational approaches in PhD career development.  Dr. Fuhrmann's curricular innovations have been funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and Burroughs Wellcome Fund. She also co-authored myIDP, an interactive career-planning website hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) that is used by more than 190,000 early-career scientists worldwide. Her engagement with a diverse array of organizations has informed her role leading an emerging national initiative to bring together stakeholders to further advance PhD career development in the sciences. Fuhrmann holds a BS in Chemistry from University of California Davis and a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from UCSF.

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