Modules

The ASPIRE Modules are short, non-credit bearing electives that broaden the training experiences of biomedical sciences trainees. These elective modules provide efficient exposure to topics in four theme areas: 

1) Business/Entrepreneurship
2) Communication
3) Clinical Research
4) Teaching

The ASPIRE Modules are optional and open to any biomedical sciences PhD student or postdoctoral fellow who wishes to take them to supplement their research training. Class size may be limited, however, and will vary by module. 

Advance registration will be required.  Trainees who register must commit to attending the full module.  Please review the Module FAQs and our Professionalism Policy prior to applying.  If you have any additional questions, please contact bret.career.development@vanderbilt.edu.

Module FAQs
Professionalism Policy


 Spring 2018

 

Module Instructor Dates Deadline

Management and Business Principles for Scientists

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Joe Rando, MBA January 17 - April 18, 2018 December 4, 2017

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Kathy Gould, PhD

3 Mondays: 

Jan. 29, Feb. 5, & Feb. 12

 

January 5, 2018

STEM Teaching in K-12 Schools

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Jennifer Ufnar, Ph.D.; Director of the Scientist in the Classroom Partnership Program, Department of Teaching and Learning

4 Tuesdays: 

Jan. 30, Feb. 6,
Feb 13., & Feb. 20

January 5, 2018

Practical Strategies for Strong Writing

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Gary Jaeger, Ph.D, Director, and Beth Estes, Academic Support Coordinator of the Writing Studio at Vanderbilt University

3 Tuesdays:

Jan. 23, Jan. 30, & Feb. 6

January 5, 2018

 

  Fall 2017

Module Instructor Dates Deadline

Practical Strategies for Strong Writing

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Gary Jaeger, Ph.D, Director, and Beth Estes, Academic Support Coordinator of the Writing Studio at Vanderbilt University 2 Thursdays: 

Sept. 21 & Oct. 5

August 18, 2017 extended through September 1, 2017

Technology Commercialization

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Michael Villalobos, Ph.D., Manager, Biotech Licensing, and Thomas Utley, Ph.D., Licensing Officer, Vanderbilt Center for Technology Transfer and Commercialization

Section A: Sept. 26, Oct. 3, Oct. 10, Oct. 17

Section B: Oct. 17, Oct. 24, Oct. 31, Nov. 07

Section AB: All dates

August 18, 2017 extended through September 1, 2017

Biomedical Research and the Media

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Wayne Wood, MLAS, Executive Director of New Media Productions, VUMC News and Public Affairs 8 sessions: Sept 20-Nov 15 August 18, 2017 extended through September 1, 2017

Creating Effective Scientific Talks

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Dr. Kathy Gould, Ph.D., Louise B. McGavock Professor, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, Associate Dean for Biomedical Sciences; Guest Speaker Bill Tansey, PhD, Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology, Ingram Professor of Cancer Research 5 Mondays: Sept. 25-Oct 30 August 18, 2017 extended through September 1, 2017

Introduction to Principles and Practice of Clinical Research (IPPCR) 

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NIH Clinical Center Webcast TBD Sept 2017-June 2018 August 18, 2017 extended through September 1, 2017

Clinical Laboratory Medicine: Applying Your PhD to Patient Care

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Jonathan Schmitz, MD, PhD, D(ABMM), Jennifer Colby, PhD, DABCC, and Ferrin Wheeler, PhD Individualized days
in Jan and Feb, 2017

August 18, 2017 extended through September 1, 2017

EQ + IQ = Career Success

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David Sacks, PhD, HSP, Psychologist for Graduate and Professional Students and Postdoctoral Fellows, PCC 

Kate Stuart, Program Manager, BRET Office of Career Development

6 sessions: Wednesdays starting Nov. 1 August 18, 2017 extended through September 1, 2017

Networking Pacing

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Ashley E. Brady, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Medical Education and Administration, Director of Career Engagement and Strategic Partnerships, ASPIRE Program Manager

6 sessions: Tuesdays starting Oct. 3 August 18, 2017 extended through September 1, 2017

 

 

 Spring 2017

Module Instructor Dates Deadline

 

Practical Strategies for Strong Writing

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Gary Jaeger, Ph.D, Director and Jeffrey Shenton, Ph.D., Asst Dir. of the Writing Studio at Vanderbilt University 2 sessions (must attend both): Tuesday, January 24, Tuesday, January 31, 2:30-4:00 January 9, 2017

 

EQ + IQ = Career Success

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David Sacks, PhD, HSP, Psychologist for Graduate and Professional Students and Postdoctoral Fellows, PCC 

Kate Stuart, Program Manager, BRET Office of Career Development

5 Sessions: Wednesdays, February 1-March 1, 10:30am-noon January 9, 2017

 

Management and Business Principles for Scientists

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Joe Rando, MBA January 13-April 6, 2017 November 15, 2016

 

Fall 2016

Module Instructor Dates Deadline

 

Clinical Laboratory Medicine: Applying your Ph.D. to Patient Care

 

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Jonathan Schmitz, M.D., Ph.D., Instructor in Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology January 2017, exact dates set by trainee August 29, 2016

 

Effective Oral Communication Methods

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Dr. Bruce Damon, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Radiology and Radiological Sciences, Biomedical Engineering 4 sessions: October 13-November 17, 2016 August 29, 2016

 

Biomedical Research and the Media

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Wayne Wood, MLAS, Executive Director of New Media Productions, VUMC News and Public Affairs 8 sessions: Sept 21-Nov 30, 2016 August 29, 2016

 

EQ+IQ= Career Success

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David Sacks, PhD, HSP, Psychologist for Graduate and Professional Students and Postdoctoral Fellows, PCC 

Kate Stuart, Program Manager, BRET Office of Career Development

POSTPONED UNTIL SPRING 2017

5 Sessions; Sept 16-Oct 21, 2016

August 29, 2016

Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research (IPPCR)

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NIH Clinical Center September 12, 2016-April 14, 2017 August 29, 2016

 

Technology Commercialization

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Michael Villalobos, Ph.D., Manager, Biotech Licensing, and Thomas Utley, Ph.D., Licensing Officer, Vanderbilt Center for Technology Transfer and Commercialization 7 sessions; September 26-November 14, 2016 August 29, 2016

 

Practical Strategies for Strong Writing

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Gary Jaeger, Ph.D, Director and Jeffrey Shenton, Ph.D., Asst Dir. of the Writing Studio at Vanderbilt University 2 sessions (must attend both): Sept 27 and Oct 4, 2016 August 29, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 Spring 2016

Module Instructor Dates Deadline

 

STEM Teaching in K-12 Schools

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Jennifer Ufnar, Ph.D.; Director of the Scientist in the Classroom Partnership Program, Department of Teaching and Learning January 26, February 2, 9, and 16, 2016 December 23, 2015

Practical Strategies for Strong Writing

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Gary Jaeger, Ph.D, Director and Jeffrey Shenton, Ph.D., Asst Dir. of the Writing Studio at Vanderbilt University

Jan 19 and Feb 2, 2016 December 23, 2015

 

Management and Business Principles for Scientists

 

Joe Rando, MBA, Lecturer in Managerial Studies January to April, 2016  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   


Fall 2015

Module Instructor Dates Deadline

 

Technology Commercialization

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Michael Villalobos, Ph.D., Manager, Biotech Licensing, and Thomas Utley, Ph.D., Licensing Officer, Vanderbilt Center for Technology Transfer and Commercialization Mondays, 3:00-4:00pm, September 21- October 26, 2015 Aug 21, 2015

 

Effective Oral Communication Methods (Syllabus)

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Dr. Bruce Damon, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Radiology and Radiological Sciences, Biomedical Engineering Wednesdays, 3-5:00pm, September 2- September 16, 2015. Aug 21, 2015

 

Biomedical Research and Media (Syllabus)

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Wayne Wood, MLAS, Executive Director of New Media Productions, VUMC News and Public Affairs Wednesdays, 9-10:00 am, September 30-November 18, 2015 Aug 21, 2015

 

EQ+IQ= Career Success

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Mistie Germek, Ph.D., BRET Psychologist Tuesdays, 11:30-1:00, September 8- September 29, 2015 Aug 21, 2015

 

Clinical Microbiology, Applying your Ph.D. to Patient Care

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Jonathan Schmitz, M.D., Ph.D., Instructor in Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology Starts January 2016 Aug 21, 2015

 

Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research (IPPCR) (SyllabusCourse Flyer)

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NIH Clinical Center Classes will run Monday and Tuesday nights from 4-5:30 pm central time from October 13, 2015- March 22, 2016. Aug 21, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 


 

Fall 2014

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Module Instructor Dates Deadline
Effective Oral Communication Methods Bruce Damon, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Radiology and Radiological Sciences, Biomedical Engineering Wednesdays, 4-5:30pm, September 10- October 22, 2014. Aug 22, 2014
Biomedical Research and the Media Wayne Wood, MLAS, Executive Director of New Media Productions, VUMC News and Public Affairs Wednesdays, 9-10:00 am, September 17-November 5, 2014 Aug 22, 2014

Fostering Relationships at Work

Mistie Germek, PhD, BRET Psychologist Tuesdays, 11:30-1:00, September 23- October 14, 2014 Aug 22, 2014
Technology Commercialization Michael Villalobos, Ph.D., Manager, Biotech Licensing, Vanderbilt Center for Technology Transfer and Commercialization Wednesdays, 4:00-5:00pm, September 3- October 8, 2014 

Aug 22, 2014

Introduction to Principles and Practice of Clinical Research NIH Clinical Center (webcast) October 2014- March 2015 Aug 22, 2014