Resilience for science & medicine trainees: Webinar series

The Office of Intramural Training & Education (OITE) at the U.S. National Institutes of Health is offering a series of webinars and small group discussions focused on helping students and postdoctoral fellows in the sciences develop the resilience needed to thrive in high-knowledge environments. This material is helpful for trainees just starting out, those contemplating their next educational move and who are mentoring others. Groups will be organized by educational level so trainees can talk with others experiencing similar educational, work and life stressors. 

Trainees can register for the webinars using the links below or they can visit our website ( and check under “upcoming events”. Trainees who participate in the webinar or who watch the webinar online at another time, are welcome to participate in the small group discussions. Groups will be held each Monday and Tuesday one week following the webinar. Trainees who complete five of the small groups and who participate in, or watch, all of the webinars will receive a certificate upon completion of the series. The series topics and dates are listed below:

SEPTEMBERLecture 9/15/20
Groups week of 9/21
Part I: An Introduction to Resilience and Wellness
OCTOBERLecture 10/13/20
Groups week of 10/26
Part II: Understanding Cognitive Distortions, Imposter Fears and Stereotype Threat
NOVEMBERLecture 11/10/20
Groups week of 11/16
Part III: Emotions and Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace
DECEMBERLecture 12/8/20
Groups week of 12/14
Part IV: Self-Advocacy and Assertiveness for Scientists
JANUARYLecture 1/12/21
Groups week of 1/18
Part V: Developing Feedback Resilience
FEBRUARYLecture 2/9/21
Groups week of 2/15
Part VI: Managing Up to Maximize Mentoring Relationships

In addition, the OITE will sponsor a several webinars focused on the mental health and wellness of biomedical trainees. Many of the webinars will end with small group discussions and a chance for us to practice new skills and jointly explore new topics. Mark your calendar for October 5 from 1 – 3:30 EST for the first webinar. The topic is suicide prevention and awareness (to mark suicide prevention month in September); the webinar will be open to trainees, staff and faculty with discussion groups for each population.