Competency-based assessment for the training of PhD students and early-career scientists

Michael F. Verderame, Victoria H. Freedman, Lisa M. Kozlowski, Wayne T. McCormack

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The training of PhD students and early-career scientists is largely an apprenticeship in which the trainee associates with an expert to become an independent scientist. But when is a PhD student ready to graduate, a postdoctoral scholar ready for an independent position, or an early-career scientist ready for advanced responsibilities? Research training by apprenticeship does not uniformly include a framework to assess if the trainee is equipped with the complex knowledge, skills and attitudes required to be a successful scientist in the 21st century. To address this problem, we propose competency-based assessment throughout the continuum of training to evaluate more objectively the development of PhD students and early-career scientists.

Original languageEnglish (US)
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Volume7
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StatePublished - May 31 2018

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  • competency-based PhD training assessment
  • human biology
  • medicine
  • none
  • observable milestones
  • PhD core competencies
  • PhD training assessment rubric

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  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)

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Competency-based assessment for the training of PhD students and early-career scientists. / Verderame, Michael F.; Freedman, Victoria H.; Kozlowski, Lisa M.; McCormack, Wayne T.

In: eLife, Vol. 7, 31.05.2018.

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Verderame, Michael F. ; Freedman, Victoria H. ; Kozlowski, Lisa M. ; McCormack, Wayne T. / Competency-based assessment for the training of PhD students and early-career scientists. In: eLife. 2018 ; Vol. 7.
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