Professional Development

Individual Development Plan

Individual Development Plans (IDPs) provide a planning process that identifies both professional development needs and career objectives. Furthermore, IDPs serve as a communication tool between individuals and their mentors.

IDPs include long-term career options one wishes to pursue and the necessary tools to meet these, and short-term needs to improve current performance. IDPs are an important part of postdoctoral mentoring, and summaries of trainee experiences provide information to training grant reviewers.

The recommended method for completing the IDP is myIDP. myIDP is a unique, web-based career-planning tool tailored to meet the needs of PhD students and postdocs in the sciences.

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Career Opportunities for Trainees Series (COTS)

The Case Western Reserve School of Medicine sponsors this professional development series, which is designed to introduce trainees to the array of career paths that are available to PhD biomedical researchers. Local, regional, and national leaders as speakers or panel discussants will be invited to present each semester. Presentations will include information on the speaker’s career trajectory, their daily activities, and a description of additional training necessary for entering each career. Major advantages and disadvantages of the career choice will also be discussed.  For more information, contact

CWRU Career Center

The Career Center is committed to offering a variety of services from major exploration tools to individualized career counseling sessions, resume critiques, mock interviews, and Career Fairs.

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