1. Course Aim The course will address on multiple professional development topics with each lecture providing the necessary tools for the attendees to apply the discussed principles to their own career paths. Faculty will give four, 35-minute-long didactic lectures, with 35-minute panel discussion with course faculty to further discuss the importance of professional development. In total the course will consist of approximately 3.5 hours of instruction in real-time with 20 minutes of break included.
3. Course Objectives 1. To identify tools for transitions through roles and stages throughout a career in Pharmacoepidemiology 2. To recognize the six attributes of inclusive leadership and how to employ them in your own professional development 3. To provide practical advice on deciding and negotiating, and on how to improve at both skills 4. To discuss best practices for requesting letters of recommendation for various opportunities
4. Syllabus Outline This course will be moderated by Drs. Caitlin Knox and Juan Hincapie Castillo, and the presentations will cover the topics below:
Introduction to professional empowerment (15 minutes) Dr. Vin Lo Re
Letting Go of Habits that Hold You Back – What to Do Instead (35 minutes) Dr. Mary Beth Ritchey
The skillsets for technical scientific achievement, project management, and business acumen are all needed in the field of pharmacoepidemiology. Further, transitions from student to faculty, individual contributor to people manager, and from one institution to another require differing mixtures of these skills. The habits that influence success early in a career can contribute to stagnation mid-career. With a focus on research and a career in our specific field, this session will describe approaches to identifying and modifying workplace habits. Book recommendation and main reference: "What Got You Here Won't Get You There" by Marshall Goldsmith.
Traits of Inclusive Leadership: What are they and why are they important? (35 minutes) Dr. Caitlin Knox
Being a leader can be defined by several attributes, but those that embrace individual differences and understand that the context of leadership is changing have specific attributes that can be leveraged for an advantage. Understanding how to encourage and develop diversity within your professional network and teams is important framework for developing inclusive behaviours and becoming an inclusive leader. This session will introduce the concept of inclusive leadership and discuss how it may benefit you and your professional career when utilized.
BREAK 10 minutes
Decision-Making and Negotiation: Thinking like a gambler (35 minutes) Dr Robert Platt
Decision-making and negotiation are two critical skills that are almost never taught in academic programs. We make decisions and negotiate every day, sometimes without realizing. Understanding how to assess risk and make decisions under uncertainty is important; we usually don't have all the information we'd like, but still have to decide. Thinking like a gambler can help you focus on what is at stake, and what the expected outcomes of each choice are. It also highlights the risks of not deciding; this is usually an endorsement of the status quo. Thinking like a gambler will also help hone your negotiation skills; in a negotiation it's both your and your counterpart's interests that need to be considered. The session will provide advice on deciding and negotiating, and on how to improve at both skills.
Demystifying letters of recommendation: Best practices for letter requesters and letter writers (35 minutes) Dr. Juan Hincapie Castillo
Applying for jobs? Further postgraduate education? Awards, scholarships, fellowships? You will probably be asked to provide letters of recommendation. While the process can be time-consuming for both the person asking for the letter and the letter writer, there are strategies and tools to help everyone to make this process more efficient. The truth is that we are all busy and the best way to get the best letter of recommendation that you need is to do a lot of heavy lift on your end. This heavy lift would include doing some preliminary work and strategic thinking. In this session, the presenter will offer some practical advice on how to strategize asking for letters of recommendation and how to best tailor them to the opportunity you are seeking. The session will provide practical information to both letter requesters and letter writers.
BREAK 10 minutes
Panel Discussion/ Q&A with course faculty (35 minutes)