Careers, mentoring and changes in medical education

Adapting to the evolving employment landscape
and accommodating new training requirements

The importance of establishing a highly trained, technical STEM workforce to support the global economy has been a matter of great discussion over the past decade. For individuals who have earned or are working toward Ph.D.s in STEM disciplines, it appears that this should be an ideal time to enter that workforce. While that is true for the most part, the employment landscape for STEM graduates at all levels has changed dramatically.

Today it is estimated that 61 percent of those with STEM doctorates will have careers outside of academia and that as few as 15 percent will go on to have tenure-track academic positions. These statistics point toward a need for a broader perspective on careers and a need to diversify career mentoring, advising and training. 

This 2015 American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology annual meeting will include three sessions that address the changes in the employment landscape and training requirements across the STEM spectrum. These sessions are as follows.

Diverse career opportunities for scientists

This session will address the diverse spectrum of career opportunities available to STEM Ph.D. holders with a specific focus on biochemistry and molecular biology jobs. The speakers will cover job opportunities outside of academe and preparation for diverse careers.

Industry careers

Invited speakers will address the need for diversifying training options, increasing multidisciplinary knowledge and experience, and gaining work experience at the academic-industry interface. 

Professional development

This session will cover the tools and mechanisms available to those who’d like to establish professional-development plans.  

Changes in medical education

The final session will address changes in medical-school education and admissions. Educational leaders will cover changes at the undergraduate and graduate levels that are driven by MCAT 2015 and the admissions process. Their presentations will highlight changes to academic preparation and the need to address new competencies for MCAT 2015 as well as the rationale behind and effort by the American Association of Medical Colleges to promote a more holistic approach to medical-school admissions.  

Whether you are an undergrad, a master’s student, a Ph.D. candidate, a postdoctoral fellow or a faculty member who mentors, these sessions will offer valuable information that will enhance your professional life.

This theme is sponsored by the ASBMB Education and Professional Development Committee

Cheryl Bailey
Mark Wallert
Organizers: Cheryl P. Bailey, Mount Mary University, and Mark A. Wallert, Minnesota State University Moorhead