Customized Career Development Platform Being Tested at ICTR

The Customized Career Development Platform (CCDP) is an online app in which scholars and trainees develop an Individualized Development Plan (IDP), as required by NIH. This interactive tool facilitates interactions between between mentees and mentors and enables mentees to strategically plan their career.

Originally created by investigators at the University of Pittsburgh Institute for Clinical Research Education (ICRE), the CCDP is being validated by a cluster randomized trial across 28 CTSA sites, including UW ICTR. Manish Shah, ICTR Co-Director of the KL2 Career Development Program and local lead for the study, comments,

Manish ShahCareer development programs are critical for trainees and faculty as they build their careers. ICTR is committed to understanding the most effective approaches so as to improve career outcomes of K Scholars and T Fellows.

This randomized controlled trial will test an online CCDP that enables participants to document competency-based goals, objectives, and milestones related to research and career progress against our current IDP.

The trial aims to promote the careers of trainees and scholars, test the effectiveness of the CCDP, and assess trainees’ and scholars’ satisfaction with the CCDP. More information about the study can be found on the ICRE website.

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