Professional Development Series

This series is designed to complement courses already offered to postdocs and to align with three National Postdoc Association (NPA) Core Competencies: Communication Skills, Professionalism and Leadership and Management Skills. The NPA expects all postdocs to seek proficiency in these areas in order to achieve intellectual and professional independence and success.

The two-hour sessions are in addition to courses already being offered: grantsmanship; CV and Statement workshop; and the scientific support courses offered by faculty colleagues.

Goals of the PPDS Series

  • Introduce skills and tools needed to excel as a professional
  • Provide knowledge in, and tools to strengthen communication, leadership and management skills
Course Schedule

All courses are held at the Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion (AHSP), PEC-4

Session 1

Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020 (7-9 a.m.)

Exploring Leadership and Discovering Your Style

This session will introduce the concepts of leadership, and help attendees understand their personal style and how that affects their relationships with others.

Module Facilitator: Ashley Morris

Session 2

Monday, April 13, 2020 (7-9 a.m.)

Managing Conflict and Communication Essentials

This session will provide best practices on handling conflict and give participants a chance to practice applying communication techniques in a variety of situations.

Module Facilitator: Reid Swanson

Session 3

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 (7-9 a.m.)

Creating High-Performing Teams and Leading Successful Meetings

This session will introduce the phases of team development, different decision-making styles and tools to help run productive meetings.

Module Facilitator: Reid Swanson

Session 4

Tuesday, June 16, 2020 (7-9 a.m.)

Giving Constructive Feedback and Motivating for Peak Performance

This session will guide participants on the provision of constructive feedback instead of criticism. We will also discuss how to harness team meme's motivation to help promote a culture of open, honest communication.

Module Facilitator: Megan Roy

Session 5

Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020 (7-9 a.m.)

Conquering Change

In this session, participants will become aware of personal choices that help with change and transition as well as methods that will develop resiliency to change.

Module Facilitator: Megan Roy

Session 6

Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020 (7-9 a.m.)

Program Capstone: Practical Leadership Applications

The capstone session will bring together the key takeaways from each session and guide participants in developing a personal action plan to become a better leader.

Module Facilitator: Megan Roy


Have Questions or Need Help?

Contact us if you have questions or would like to learn more about Cedars-Sinai's Postdoctoral Scientist Training Program.

Emma Yates Casler
Program Manager