Fostering Growth for Future Endocrinology Leaders

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The Endocrine Society has long been a nurturing home for our early-career members to seek training and guidance on how to navigate, sustain, and advance in their careers. While working to fulfill our strategic mission of providing networking opportunities, career development services, and leadership to support scientists and clinicians through every stage of their careers, we continue to offer a broad portfolio of outstanding programs that enhance the training of our more than 4,000 trainee and early career members. The success of these early-career scientists is of the utmost importance, especially during these uncertain times, and we are here to help.

There are many exciting opportunities within the Endocrine Society that promote the development of early-career endocrine scientists while building a community where you will thrive.

Here are a few highlights of the dynamic career development programs and events offered by the Society.

ENDO 2021 Programming

ENDO is an invaluable resource for career development providing our early-career members with enriching education and professional development opportunities. The ENDO 2021 virtual conference will deliver on-demand and live broadcast Professional Development Workshops during each of the four days of the meeting. Each of the live sessions will allow for the audience to interact with faculty and ask those burning questions that are top of mind for our members at the earliest stages of their careers. You don’t want to miss timely sessions like “Let’s Talk: Science, Communication, and Social Media,” “Tackling Burnout and Achieving Life Balance,” “Reducing the Bias: Ways Perceptions Influence Behavior and How We Can Do Better,” and “Keys to Education Excellence: Innovative and Effective Teaching Strategies.”

Trainee authors of highly scored abstracts will have a chance to sharpen their presentation skills and get valuable feedback from faculty and peers at a special poster presentation competition. Learn more about leading-edge endocrine research from our trainees as they showcase their work.

Additional Opportunities

The Future Leaders Advancing Research in Endocrinology (FLARE) is entering its ninth year of training senior graduate students, postdoctoral and clinical fellows, and junior faculty of communities historically underrepresented in science and medicine who are interested in advancing their careers in endocrine research. This program offers participants unparalleled opportunities to learn from and be mentored by renowned endocrine experts while providing a distinct set of professional development and enhancement training that helps them build confidence, enhance their professional skills, expand their networks, and better prepare for the next level in their careers. A newly added component of next year’s program will place qualified FLARE fellows in the Endocrinology Early Career Reviewer program to work with the associate editors to learn reviewing skills. This comprehensive leadership development program has helped launch the careers of several of our early career endocrinology leaders.

The Society invests in programs and awards for trainees and early-career members to recognize their early accomplishments in endocrine research.

Building on the success of our FLARE program, we are exploring a new opportunity to enhance the leadership development of underrepresented minority clinical fellows. This program will offer fellows a pathway to develop their leadership abilities, gain guidance and coaching from dedicated Society mentors, and participate in career building service opportunities through Society activities.

The Early Career Forum invites our trainee members to learn from dedicated faculty who are also well known and inspirational leaders within the organization. The 2021 Early Career Forum will be held in a highly interactive virtual environment to provide education and professional development programming designed around career transitions and job opportunities and intended to give basic science and clinical trainees a leg up on the competition. Keep an eye out for announcements regarding this exciting event that will feature impactful sessions and networking opportunities between trainees and internationally recognized endocrine leaders.

While working to fulfill our strategic mission of providing networking opportunities, career development services, and leadership to support scientists and clinicians through every stage of their careers, we continue to offer a broad portfolio of outstanding programs that enhance the training of our more than 4,000 trainee and early career members. The success of these early-career scientists is of the utmost importance, especially during these uncertain times, and we are here to help.

The Society invests in programs and awards for trainees and early-career members to recognize their early accomplishments in endocrine research. If you are a first- or second-year graduate student or first year medical student, the Research Experiences for Graduate and Medical Students program is for you. The Research Experiences for Graduate and Medical Students program awards stipends to students enrolled in graduate or medical school programs to support their summer research in endocrinology labs. Additionally, the program is built around a comprehensive series of activities that span beyond the summer and include involvement in a variety of engaging skills development activities and volunteer opportunities within the Society.

The Early Investigators Awards recognize the outstanding achievements of early-career investigators within 10 years of their terminal degree-granting date. The details of these and other awards, including application requirements and submission deadlines for 2021, are on the Society’s Awards Web Site.

The newly launched Early Career Special Interest Group (SIG) is an online community that connects early-career clinicians and researchers around the world. The SIG is part of the Endocrine Society’s Community Connect and is open to any member with an interest in issues facing early-career professionals. Within the Early Career SIG, you will find resources, articles, discussions, and webinars on a range of topics from “Expert Negotiations: Career Tips for Clinicians and Scientists” to “Demystifying Controversial Topics: Communication Skills for Busy Physicians and Scientists.” I encourage all early-career members to share resources and website links that support discussions and networking in this group.

As you can see, there are many exciting opportunities within the Endocrine Society that promote the development of early-career endocrine scientists while building a community where you will thrive. I can assure you that during my presidency, we will continue to assess the needs and make advances towards fostering the growth of our future leaders. We hope you take full advantage of all that is available to you and wish you much success as you navigate your career.

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