Championing the Development of Early-Career Members

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One of the most rewarding aspects of our work is mentoring the next generation of endocrine researchers and clinicians. It is so gratifying to see promising young professionals establishing productive careers in our field.

We have several initiatives underway to support professionals entering the field. Next month, we will host workshops for promising researchers and clinicians from underrepresented groups. We have selected 17 fellows to take part in our Future Leaders Advancing Research in Endocrinology (FLARE) program. They will meet in Los Angeles, Calif., next month with mentors to learn about leadership development, lab management, and the grant application process, among other topics.

Nine young professionals will take part in our Excellence in Clinical Endocrinology Leadership (ExCEL) clinical endocrine career and leadership workshop in Arlington, Va., next month. Our faculty and ExCEL awardees will discuss topics that will help early-career physicians successfully transition into clinical care and endocrinology. We plan to reunite our FLARE and ExCEL awardees for networking lunches at ENDO 2023.

Our Training and Career Development Core Committee (TCDCC) is working hard to develop a slate of early-career offerings for ENDO 2023. We will host a robust Early Career Forum and 11 Professional Development Workshops on site in Chicago, Ill., where select faculty members and leaders in endocrinology will share their expertise and experiences regarding careers in academia, industry, and private practice during these sessions. The Early Career Forum drew more than 100 attendees last year, and we look forward to similar success in 2023.

If you are interested in travel awards for ENDO 2023, we are launching the Future of Endocrinology video competition to introduce undergraduate students, graduate students, medical students, residents, and clinical and research fellows to our field. Applicants can submit a video or written essay for a chance to win free registration to ENDO 2023 and our Early Career Fair in Chicago. Be sure to send your submissions by March 15.

One of the most rewarding aspects of our work is mentoring the next generation of endocrine researchers and clinicians. It is so gratifying to see promising young professionals establishing productive careers in our field.

We received an impressive number of applications for our 2023 Research Experiences for Graduate and Medical Students (REGMS) program. The program offers graduate and medical students opportunities to take part in collaborative research in laboratories, build professional networks, and receive expert advice from dedicated mentors. The 2022 cohort of nine students spent last summer working in laboratories with mentors and attended a career development webinar series hosted by the TCDCC. I am looking forward to seeing the posters they present at ENDO 2023!

Building on these opportunities, the TCDCC and Early Career Special Interest Group are identifying new ways for members to engage year-round. I encourage everyone to join the newly launched group mentor/mentee program hosted on DocMatter. This online community provides a space for mentees to pose career-related questions and for mentors to respond to questions of interest. We also would like to gather general advice for early-career endocrinologists as they reach new milestones in their career journeys. If you have any advice to share on starting a new residency, fellowship, or postdoctoral program, please reach out to our staff at [email protected].  

I am grateful to the TCDCC members, the Early Career SIG, and all of you who have volunteered your time to share your experiences and perspectives with new professionals entering our field. Developing a strong leadership pipeline ensures that our field will continue to advance endocrine science and health for years to come.

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