Support for Postdoctoral Trainees

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs enhances the postdoctoral experience at Indiana University School of Medicine by providing support and resources to address the unique needs of each postdoctoral researcher. Prospective and existing postdocs can schedule one-on-one appointments to discuss career goals and postdoctoral experience. The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs also offers CV, resume and cover letter review/s as well as mock interviews.

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs provides a monthly newsletter and shares information and events pertinent to postdocs; IU School of Medicine postdoctoral researchers are invited to share information as well. To be added to the distribution list, email Dr. Angela Fowler, Director of the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.

Additionally, the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs hosts monthly Grab-N-Go breakfasts called “Procaffeinating Postdocs” which are announced monthly via the postdoc newsletter.

Postdoctoral Association

Postdoctoral Association

The IU School of Medicine Postdoctoral Association (PDA) was formed in January 2015 to address the needs and concerns of IU School of Medicine Postdoctoral Researchers. All postdoctoral researchers are invited to attend Association meetings typically held on the third Thursday of each month at 1 pm in MS 204 and monthly postdoc socials. Email the IU School of Medicine Postdoctoral Association for details.

Career and Professional Development

IU School of Medicine offers 80-100 events per year related to career and professional development for postdoctoral researchers and graduate students. Events include career chats, lunchtime skills series, special events, and a week-long Jumpstart series in the summer (Jumpstart to Teaching, Jumpstart to Industry and Jumpstart to Academia).

National Postdoctoral Association

IU School of Medicine is a sustaining member of the National Postdoctoral Association, a member-driven, nonprofit organization that provides a unique, national voice for postdoctoral scholars. All IU School of Medicine postdoctoral researchers are eligible to register for FREE as affiliate members and receive NPA e-alerts and the POSTDOCket, the quarterly newsletter. In addition, affiliate members have access to members-only online resources and discounts to attend the annual meeting and other programs.

Individual Development Plans

IU School of Medicine postdoctoral researchers are encouraged to fill out an individual development plan. This plan helps postdoctoral researchers explore career possibilities and set goals to follow a suitable career path.


Easy access to academic courses is one of the benefits of working in higher education. IU School of Medicine employees receive the IU Tuition Benefit through Human Resources. Non-employees or those funded under a training grant often find the grant includes funding for tuition and professional development programs. Postdoctoral researchers interested in this benefit should speak to the department and/or grant administrator for more information.