Career Center

Curricula, Services, and Resources for Medical and Life Science Trainees and Alumni

The full suite of SoMCC programs and services are available to all medical and life science students, postdoctoral researchers, residents, and alumni.  Our courses and seminars cover a wide range of topics, providing information about the myriad viable career options available to MD and PhD professionals, as well as insights into specific technical fields and organizations where clinicians and scientists are leveraging their skills.  We offer guidance, professional consultation, and tactical support regarding all aspects of professional development, from early-stage exploration and preparation to successful decision-making and life-long career management.  Below is an overview of the offerings and services available. 

Curricular Offerings

Academic Careers

The School of Medicine Career Center is proud to offer the following courses and programs to assist Bioscience PhD students, postdoctoral fellows and research/clinical trainees in preparing and pursuing their careers of choice within the broad academic sector.

Open to all Bioscience PhD students, postdoctoral fellows and research/clinical trainees. Additional program details, including detailed registration instructions and information about guest speakers, is at

PhD students and postdoctoral fellows in other disciplines will find relevant programs for academic careers at the Office of the Vice Provost Graduate Education, the Career Development Center, and the Center for Teaching and Learning.

These programs replace INDE 231: Future Faculty Seminar, which is no longer offered. Past syllabi, speaker lists and videos of the Future Faculty Seminar are available here.

Questions? Contact Chris Pohalski pohalski [at] stanford [dot] edu

Career Foundations for Bioscientists: Academia                              Panel + networking reception
4:15 – 5:45 pm Tuesday Sept. 16, 2014                                                                        LK 130

Learn about the breadth of roles, responsibilities and academic environments from a panel of junior and seasoned faculty in different roles and types of institutions. For Bioscience trainees contemplating as well as actively pursuing academic careers. 

Chris Golde, Associate Vice Provost of Graduate Education, Stanford University
Cleber Ouverney, Associate Professor, Biology, San Jose State University
Elisabeth Wade, Professor, Chemistry, Mills College
Carin Zimmerman, Instructor, Biotechnology, City College of San Francisco

NDE 231A: Career Transitions for Bioscientists: Academia                                  Fall 2014
4:15 – 5:45 pm Tuesdays Sept. 23 – Dec. 2, 2014                                                    LK 120

In this cohort-based course:

Preference given to trainees applying to academic positions during Fall 2014.

INDE 231B:  Career Prep & Practice for Bioscientists: Academia                        Spring 2015
4:15 – 5:45pm Tuesdays Mar. 31 – Jun. 2, 2015                                                       LK 130

Presentations, panels and workshops to help you succeed in your academic role of choice:

Industry Insights: this monthly series provides an opportunity for trainees to meet leaders from a variety of sectors who will share first-hand perspective and insights into their company’s technologies and professional opportunities.

Professional Development and Skill Building in Medical and Life Sciences: This quarterly series provides an overview of functions performed by life scientists and clinicians within a variety of professional settings and an opportunity to develop skills and perspectives critical to success in the workplace.

Feel free to check the SoMCC website often for these and similar offerings at Stanford University and across the Bay Area.

Professional Advising and Consultation

To schedule a consultation, please email us,, or call us at 650-721-1893. Provide us with your name, email address, a contact phone number where we can reach you and weekday times you are available to meet.

For those outside of the BioSciences, please use the services of the central campus Career Development Center:

  Assessment Tools & Career Development Materials

Administration and Interpretation of Career and Personal Interests, Skills, & Values:

The SoMCC offers several assessments to help trainees identify information about themselves which may be useful in career exploration and decision making. 

If you are interested to take an assessment(s), please contact to schedule a 1 hour intake appointment or attend 1 initial 15 minute express review appointment (Wednesday from 3:00-4:00pm or Thursday from 11am-12noon. Sign-ups for express reviews begin 30 minutes prior at the SoMCC).  Assessment directions will be distributed during the intake appointment.

Networking and Employer Connections

Resources, References and Tools

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