Yearly Planning Meetings: Individualized Development Plans Aren't Just More Paperwork

Mol Cell. 2015 Jun 4;58(5):718-21. doi: 10.1016/j.molcel.2015.04.025.


The National Institutes of Health (NIH) encourages trainees to make Individualized Development Plans to help them prepare for academic and nonacademic careers. We describe our approach to building an Individualized Development Plan, the reasons we find them useful and empowering for both PIs and trainees, and resources to help other labs implement them constructively.

MeSH terms

  • Biomedical Research / organization & administration*
  • Goals
  • Group Processes
  • Humans
  • Motivation
  • National Institutes of Health (U.S.)*
  • Personnel Management
  • United States