Louis Simchowitz, M.D., M.B.A.
Our mission is to recruit new fellows and to improve the education, research environment, and overall training experience within the intramural research program to the mutual benefit of our fellows, scientific investigators, and administrative staff members.
We are a newly formed office dedicated to meeting the needs of and providing outstanding service to the students, fellows, and other trainees in the intramural research program. At present, these individuals collectively number about 500, making NIDDK the fourth largest institute at the NIH in terms of training.
We are deeply involved in all facets of the training experience and aspire to become an important resource for all of our stakeholders as well as a central source of accurate and up-to-date information. Our broad portfolio of activities includes, but is not limited to, the following functions:
- Recruitment of fellows
- Orientation programs
- Advocacy regarding benefits and privileges
- Tracking and monitoring research progress
- Annual informational surveys and exit interviews
- Oversight of mentoring
- Implementation of programs designed to enhance professional and career development (for example, grant writing, job counseling, and networking)
- Development of laboratory management skills
- Conflict resolution
By assisting in recruitment, serving as an advocate for all fellows, providing administrative support, creating educational and learning opportunities, and acting as a liaison between fellows and their mentors, the Fellowship Office fulfills a vital role and hopes to achieve its important goal of broadening and enhancing the research experience at NIDDK. Inherent in this aim is the professional growth and development of our postdoctoral and postbaccalaureate fellows as they prepare for the transition to the next stage of their careers.
For more information, please visit our website.