Mentored advanced training enhances the professional skills and research independence for PhDs to pursue his or her chosen career path.


The postdoctoral training period is intended to foster career independence through development of skills that enable the active transition to an independent career of his/her own choosing.

Part of our educational mission at the Keck School of Medicine is to provide this extended training in order to broaden a junior scholar’s experience, which typically follows the completion of the doctoral degree, by enabling them to work with senior scholars to gain additional research experience in a mentored environment. This experience prepares them for careers as independent investigators in academia, in the biotechnology or pharmaceutical industry, in government, as entrepreneurs, and/or for advancement in the many interdisciplinary opportunities that now arise in today’s workplace. A wealth of additional career-development opportunities for postdoctoral scholars at the Keck School of Medicine are available to supplement their research training according to their desired career path including training in academic and non-academic career development and communications.

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