Section 5: Summary
The Future of Biomedical Postdoctoral Programs
The postdoctoral appointment is a temporary, advanced professional training experience which should prepare individuals for their first permanent position in academia, industry or government. Obtaining permanent positions can be fiercely competitive and as an educational institution we must ensure that our postdocs are appropriately prepared. The presence of an intramural postdoctoral training program that is nationally and internationally recognized for the quality and professionalism of its trainees provides enormous benefit to this institution. These benefits include the ability to recruit the best graduates to our postdoctoral programs at a time when it is increasingly difficult to attract the top candidates. These “stars of the future” will enrich our current research, mentor our future leaders, and bring prestige to Penn.