Medical Scientist Training Program

Individual Development Plans (IDPs)

An Individual Development Plan (IDP) provides a framework for self-assessment, goal setting, career planning and communication between students and their mentors.  All MD-PhD students are expected to complete an IDP annually, with the exception of graduating students.  (Graduating students meeting individually with a member of the Steering Committee, but are not required to submit an additional IDP at that time).

There are separate forms for students, depending on year in program and Graduate Group.

  • Students in year 3 and up in BGS Graduate Groups should complete the forms as indicated on the Biomedical Graduate Studies website. Note that students in their penultimate year should complete their final IDP shortly before the PhD defense, unless they have already done so within the prior three months.
  • Rising 2nd years in all Graduate Groups should complete the MD-PhD IDP before September 15 of MS2 - MD-PhD IDP 2017-2018.
  • Students in year 3 and up in Graduate Groups in the School of Engineering, School of Arts and Sciences, or Wharton should complete the MD-PhD IDP before November 1MD-PhD IDP 2017-2018. Students with an identified thesis mentor/primary advisor should also have their mentors complete the MD-PhD Trainee Assessment Form - MD-PhD form for mentors 2017-2018. Note that students in their penultimate year should complete their final IDP shortly before the PhD defense, unless they have already done so within the prior three months.

All students should bring their IDPs to meetings with their MD-PhD Program Advisors.

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