The BRET Office of Postdoctoral Affairs assists postdoctoral fellows during their training at Vanderbilt. Our office handles all postdoctoral appointments and reappointments and manages the health insurance plan for postdoctoral fellows paid by training grants or fellowships. We sponsor professional development and social events for postdoctoral fellows, such as the annual Responsible Conduct in Research retreat, English classes, and the annual postdoc family picnic. We work closely with the BRET Office of Career Development and Outcomes Analysis, the BRET Psychological Services, and the Vanderbilt Postdoctoral Association to support postdocs in their professional and personal lives. In 2011, The Scientist Magazine ranked Vanderbilt in the top 10 best places for postdocs to work. Whether you are a prospective postdoctoral fellow considering a move to Nashville or a current postdoctoral fellow seeking assistance, we are here to help with your needs.
- Who We Are
Dr. Roger Chalkley is the Senior Associate Dean for Biomedical Research Education and Training (BRET) and the professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, School of Medicine at Vanderbilt. He is responsible for the overview of activities of the office of Biomedical Research Education and Training. These responsibilities include oversight of the PostDoctoral Affairs, the MD/PhD Program, Ph.D. granting programs as well as Minority Activities and supporting Training Grant applications.
Claudia Cottingham is the Postdoctoral Coordinator. Ms. Cottingham coordinates all appointments and re-appointments for postdoctoral fellows training in medical center departments. All new postdoctoral fellows are strongly encouraged to attend an orientation with Claudia during the first two weeks of arriving at Vanderbilt. Claudia will review Vanderbilt appointment procedures, postdoctoral policies, and institutional resources available to fellows training at VUMC. Claudia may be contacted by email: claudia.n.cottingham@Vanderbilt.edu. or by telephone: (615)322-1753.
Dr. Abby Brown is the BRET Director of Outcomes Analysis. Dr. Brown oversees the annual postdoctoral satisfaction survey, and manages the postdoctoral exit survey process. For questions about postdoctoral outcomes, contact Dr. Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ms. Katie Dickie manages the Garnett-Powers Health Insurance plan for postdoctoral trainees on institutional training grants or individual fellowships. If you have questions about the Garnett-Powers plan, please contact Katie at 615-322-8604 or by email at email@example.com
Dr. Kim Petrie is the BRET Director of Career Development. Dr. Petrie provides career and professional development resources for the postdoctoral fellows and graduate students in the biomedical sciences. In addition to hosting career development programs, Dr. Petrie also meets individually with postdocs and students for confidential career advising appointments. To make a confidential career advising appointment or learn more about career development resources at Vanderbilt, visit the BRET visit the BRET OCDOA website.
Dr. Mistie Germek is the BRET Psychologist. Dr. Germek provides confidential counseling for VUMC graduate students and postdoctoral fellows at no cost. No limit is placed on the number of counseling sessions. Appointments can be scheduled by calling Dr. Germek at (615) 343-0714 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. See BRET Psychological Services website for more information concerning the confidential counseling and other services provided by the BRET Psychological Services.