Professional Skills Development Program
Formally launched in 2016, the Professional Skills Development Program (PSDP) is designed to expose early career scholars and trainees in clinical translational science to the wide range of environmental and individual factors that contribute to a successful career. The primary objectives of the PSDP are to
- support the unique professional development needs of CTSA scholars at varying critical stages from medical school trainees to assistant professors.
- create a community experience for cohorts that encourages and fosters meaningful interaction with peers and program leadership.
The PSDP seeks to meet these objectives through interactive presentations, directed experiences, and facilitated discussions. Participants are introduced to, and gain practice with, a wide range of skills and aptitudes demonstrated by effective leaders and professionals in academia, entrepreneurship, and professional and personal development. Facilitators include ITMAT Education faculty leadership as well as topic experts from Penn, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), the larger University of Pennsylvania community, industry, and other CTSA institutions.
The Multiple Layers of the PSDP
As a result, participants are able to identify resources, concepts, skills, and behaviors relevant to their work as clinicians, scientists, leaders and entrepreneurs. Following self-reflection, observation of examples in action, practical implementation and peer exchange, participants will be well positioned to implement their personal style in their daily work, no matter their current role or future professional pathway taken.