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ASPIRE Modules

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.

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

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

Module FAQs
Professionalism Policy

Fall 2019

ASPIRE ModuleInstructorDatesApplication Deadline
Biomedical Research and the MediaWayne Wood, MLAS, Executive Director of New Media Productions, VUMC News and Public AffairsSeptember 18-November 13, 2019Friday August 30, 2019
Clinical Laboratory MedicineJonathan Schmitz, MD, PhD, D(ABMM),
Medical Director – Molecular Infectious Diseases Laboratory; and Jennifer Colby, PhD, DABCC,
Medical Director – Toxicology and Esoteric Chemistry Laboratories, Associate Medical Director – Clinical Chemistry Laboratory;
Ferrin Wheeler, PhD, Medical Director – Cytogenetics
Starts January 2020, exact meeting times to be set by traineeFriday, November 1, 2019
Creating Effective Scientific Talks and Delivering them with ConfidenceKathy Gould, PhD, Louise B. McGavock Professor,
Department of Cell and Developmental Biology,
Associate Dean for Biomedical Sciences
September 16, September 23, and 30Friday August 30, 2019
Data Science EssentialsNashville Software School,
BRET Office of Career Development
ASPIRE Program,
and other partners
September 2019-April 2020Friday, July 26, 2019 at 5pm
EQ+IQ=Career SuccessKate Stuart, Assistant Director, BRET Office of Career Development6 sessions: Wednesdays, November and DecemberMonday, September 30, 2019
Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research (IPPCR)NIH Clinical Center WebcastOctober 2018-June 2019Friday August 30, 2019
Networking PacingAshley E. Brady, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of
Medical Education and Administration,
Director of Career Engagement and Strategic Partnerships,
ASPIRE Program Manager
September 25-November 20Friday August 30, 2019