BayBio Institute Partners with UCSF Motivating INformed Decisions (MIND) Program

The vast majority of people holding biomedical PhDs find work, but the number of PhDs who obtain tenure-track faculty positions now represents a shrinking minority. The information you share is not only invaluable to students and postdocs at UCSF, but will make for a rich resource for the biomedical workforce nationwide.The MIND program is an experiment in career development and exploration, funded by an NIH Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST) award. We hope to provide better resources for students and postdocs who wish to explore the wide range of possible career outcomes that are available to biomedical trainees, and better support for the faculty who mentor them.

The MIND program is designed to offer huge returns on the small commitments that MIND partners make, through a unique resource called MINDbank. MIND partners agree to share some basic information about their jobs, and to meet with one or more UCSF trainees for informational interviews. This data is entered into MINDbank, and will form the foundation for a curated knowledgebase of biomedical career information. In the coming years, the data in MINDbank will be aggregated and anonymized for public access, so that trainees nationwide can benefit from the experience and expertise that MIND partners have to offer.