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Professional Development Seminar Series

Here in the Graduate Education Office at the School of Medicine, we see the importance of developing our trainees not just in their academic studies but also in the development of trainees as professionals, strengthening their soft skills (leadership, teamwork, communication, emotional intelligence, etc.) that are vital in whatever career path they choose post-graduation. This seminar series is the combination of what was formerly known as Career Opportunities for Trainee Series (COTS), The Professional Enrichment for Trainee Series (PETS) and The Pre-Professional Health Seminar Series. This series incorporates a wide range intended to meet the needs of our School of Medicine master’s and doctoral students as well as our postdocs. The content of this series provides the following opportunities aimed at  our trainee’s personal career growth and professional development:

  • Introduce career paths that are available to biomedical graduates; Local, regional and national leaders are invited to speak on career trajectories, daily activities, additional training needed to enter this career path while investigating affordances and limitations to varied career paths. Sessions culminate in networking opportunities with speakers in an informal setting.
  • Develop core competencies of leadership, entrepreneurship, communication skills, appreciative inquiry, emotional intelligence, teamwork and other key areas necessary for our trainee’s professional development.
  • Provide workshops and seminars for individuals that are planning to go to medical school, dental school or other allied health professionals, geared to better prepare our students and optimize their application experience yielding successful results. 

MGRD 425: Leadership and Professional Development Skills for Biomedical Sciences

MGRD 425 was designed to give graduate students in the biomedical and health sciences an opportunity to reflect on their professional skills and develop skills in the area of leadership, teamwork, critical thinking, creativity and problem solving. This course is typically offered each semester. It is a zero credit course that meets once a week. 

Graduate Professional Development Center

The Graduate Professional Development Center was created to provide professional development resources and programs for graduate students and postdocs. The center collaborates with CWRU schools and departments to provide these services.

For more information, please email

The Northern Ohio AGEP Alliance

The Northern Ohio AGEP Alliance (NOA-AGEP) is an alliance of seven northern Ohio universities developed to ensure that underrepresented minority (URM) students receive additional support and professional development.

To learn more, please visit NOA AGEP