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Pathways Conference Agenda

The Pathways program mentors early-career clinical scientists in developing strong foundations for independent research careers. The Conference is held at the ASHA National Office in Rockville, Maryland.

Day 1: Career Planning

8:15 a.m.
Breakfast
8:30 a.m.
Welcome
8:45 a.m.
Introductions & Sharing of Research Goals by Participants
9:15 a.m.
Break
9:30 a.m.

Developing a Successful Programmatic Research Career

Session Learning Objectives

  • Contrast the pros and cons of doing a postdoc.
  • Explain the factors to consider when deciding where to publish and how to make your papers stand out.
  • Describe the different funding paths to an R01.
  • Summarize the elements to negotiate for your first faculty position.
  • Describe tips for success in the first three years of a faculty position (e.g., time management, setting priorities, being mentored).
  • Define programmatic research.
  • Describe the importance of establishing a programmatic line of research.
10:30 a.m.
Break
10:45 a.m.

Mentoring Period: Outlining Your Programmatic Line of Research

Session Learning Objectives

  • Formulate your own overarching research goal.
  • List the skills and resources you will need to address your overarching research goal.
11:45 a.m.
Lunch
12:25 p.m.

Developing a 5-Year Plan and Identifying Your Research Milestones

Session Learning Objectives

  • Define a 5-year Plan.
  • Explain the purpose of a 5-year plan.
  • Summarize the benefits of a 5-year plan.
  • Identify the elements of a 5-year plan.
  • List some resources for developing a 5-year plan.
1:00 p.m.
Q & A: 5-Year Plan and Research Milestones 
1:15 p.m.

Mentoring Period: Developing Your 5-Year Plan and Identifying Your Research Career Milestones

Based on the 5-year goals and 1-year plan you prepared prior to the conference, formulate a 5-year plan that is

  • in line with your overarching research goal, and
  • includes the basic elements of a 5-year plan and research career milestones.
2:30 p.m.
Break
 
2:45 p.m.
 

Planning for Achievement and Responding to Challenges

 Session Learning Objectives

  • Part 1: Planning for Your Teaching, Service, and Research Goals
    • Explain how to use your 5-year plan to guide decision-making.
    • Summarize planning tips for staying on track with your teaching, service, and research goals.
  • Part 2: Planning for Successful Collaboration
    • Explain the importance of research collaborations (interdisciplinary, clinical, etc.).
    • Describe tips for planning successful collaborations.
  • Part 3: Responding to Challenges with Resilience
    • List some common challenges to staying on track with your 5-year plan.
    • Describe the importance of resilience in an academic career and how to respond productively to disappointing feedback.
 
3:45 p.m.
 

Small Group Discussions

Session Learning Objectives

  • Summarize factors to consider when evaluating advice regarding your research focus.
  • Identify potential collaboration challenges and how to manage them.
4:30 p.m.
 
Report Out: Small Groups
 
4:45 p.m.
 

Introduction to American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation Grant Mechanisms

Session Learning Objectives

  • List the ASHFoundation early-career mechanisms.
  • Describe the benefit of ASHFoundation funding as seed money for subsequent federal funding.
5:00 p.m.
 
Q&A: American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation Grant Mechanisms
 
5:15 p.m.
 
Evening Announcements
 
6:00 p.m.
 
Happy Hour & Dinner at Hotel

Day 2: Grantsmanship and Launching Year 1

8:15 a.m.
Breakfast & Networking
9:00 a.m.
Break
9:15 a.m.

Preparing to Submit a Grant

Session Learning Objectives

  • Identify factors that determine whether you are ready to submit.
  • List the pre-submission steps.
  • Describe the importance of starting with small-scale funding and identify some sources.
10:00 a.m.
Q&A: Preparing to Submit a Grant
10:15 a.m.
Break
10:30 p.m.

Grant Writing Strengths and Weaknesses

Session Learning Objectives

  • List the NIH grant sections and review criteria.
  • Identify grant writing strengths and common weaknesses.
  • Explain how to interpret reviewer comments.
  • Identify NIH grant writing resources.
  • Describe the purpose of the Specific Aims.
  • Identify elements of strong Specific Aims and common weaknesses.
11:30 a.m.
Q&A: Grant Strengths & Weaknesses
Noon
Break and Pick up Lunch
12:15 p.m.

Mentoring Period with Lunch: Developing Specific Aims

Session Learning Objectives

  • Assess whether the specific aims you prepared prior to the conference address your experimental question.
  • Assess whether the specific aims include all of the basic elements.
  • Evaluate strengths and weaknesses in your specific aims.
  • Integrate any missing elements.
  • Formulate strong specific aims.
1:15 p.m.
Break
                                 
1:30 p.m.

Introduction to NIDCD Early-Career Grant Mechanisms

Session Learning Objectives

  • List the NIDCD early-career funding mechanisms.
  • Describe the roles and responsibilities of the NIDCD Staff (e.g., PO, SRO, GMS).
  • Locate online resources to assist in the NIDCD submission process.
2:15 p.m.
Q&A: NIDCD Grant Mechanisms
2:30 p.m.
Establishing Your Pathways Goals and Performance Measures for the Year
2:45 p.m.

Mentoring Period: Developing Your Pathways Goals and Performance Measures for the Year

Session Learning Objectives

  • Assess revisions to your 5-year plan.
  • Identify goals that will help you accomplish your research objectives for year 1 of your 5-year plan.
  • Formulate the specific goals you will work on this year with guidance from your Pathways mentor.
  • Discuss the frequency and format of mentoring communications for the year ahead.
3:45 p.m.
Protégés: Launching Year 1 
5:00 p.m.
Closing
5:15 p.m.
Adjourn

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