Individual Development Plans (IDP)
All UNC-GO trainees are required to complete and annually update a customized IDP. Each incoming trainee will be assigned a mentoring committee comprised of three faculty members At least one will be a primary preceptor and at least one a faculty member with expertise in Geriatrics. Together with a third faculty selected on the basis of further expertise in the trainees career path they will work with the trainee to construct a career plan that incorporates research goals and strategies, ethics, and the development of grant writing, communication and networking skills. The IDP requires trainees to elucidate annual and two-year goals (if their training is two years), and provide a one-page career-focus statement. IDPs are discussed at review meetings along with CVs and on-going research efforts. IDP benchmarks or expectations will be developed consistent with trainee rank and point of entry into the training program. Expectations for publication include a minimum of at least two abstracts during Year 1 of UNC-GO funding as well as two abstracts and at least one first-author manuscript submitted during Year 2 (if the trainee is staying two years), together with collaborative publications. Trainees are required to present research at least twice annually at UNC events to develop skills needed for public speaking and career development.