Frequently Asked Questions
The BRET office recruits and oversees several educational programs such as the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program (IGP), the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP), Chemical and Physical Biology (CPB), the Summer Science Academy, and others.
The BRET Office communicates with the School of Medicine postdocs, the departments, divisions, and the faculty. Short introductory meetings with each new postdoctoral research fellow inform him/her of the resources available in the postdoc office.
The following are some scenarios where the BRET Office may help you with postdoctoral appointees (please note this includes individuals with terminal degrees, not PhD students) issues:
Instructions and guidelines for appointment, reappointment, classification or postdoc issues including separation may be found on the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs Faculty/Administrators webpage.
You may also email
Program Manager, BRET Office:
Postdoctoral Trainee Health Benefits
You can view the benefits chart on the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs benefits website.
** Please note: Employee Postdocs [paid by funds awarded to their mentors] receive the same HR health insurance employees receive.
There are now several places to post postdoctoral positions:
If the individual has a terminal degree (PhD, MD, etc) he/she could be appointed as a Visiting Research Fellow [Job Code: 9136] through the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA). The person would receive 0 Vanderbilt benefits salary. If the individual receives a small stipend to defray expenses this MUST be paid by stipend. The OPA does not have the authority to approve patient contact or viewing of patient records. Those permissions, if possible, will come from other VUMC offices.
The Interdisciplinary Graduate Program (IGP) and Medical Science Training Program (MSTP) recruit the best candidates for their programs and coordinate the ongoing programs. If you have been scheduled for a recruiting interview and have questions regarding the interview, please contact either Carolyn Berry firstname.lastname@example.org for IGP or Megan Williams email@example.com for MSTP
Additionally, for the Chemical & Physical Biology (CPB) contact Patty Mueller firstname.lastname@example.org, or for the Masters of Laboratory Investigation (MLI) programs you may contact Faith Bishop, email@example.com.
All aspects of training grant support
Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) postdoctoral research fellows may attend the BRET Interdisciplinary (IGP) Responsible Conduct in Research(RCR) day-long session held annually in May. Preregistration is required. See link above for further information and instructions.
The BRET Office of Career Development sponsors seminars, offers individual counseling, as well as an incredibly informative website including an electronic library with practical articles such as “How to Chose a Mentor”.
Assistant Dean for Biomedical Career Development – Kim Petrie, PhD, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Student Care Network is a holistic network of services and resources pertaining to health and wellness available to all Vanderbilt University students and postdocs.
It would be an opportunity for high school, college, or graduate student to experience basic research. [Not for MDs or Postdocs]