SPR Mid-Career Research Leadership Development Program

SPR’s Mid-Career Research Leadership Development Program was developed to aid mid-career’ pediatrician-scientists and other scientists and researchers focused on child health’ in building skills and competency in important topics identified in a recent member survey – Leading a Research Group and Career Transitions.

About the Program
The program will include six (6) virtual sessions, held every other month (1-year total), with each of the main topics split into three sessions focused on sub-topics.

Using a flipped classroom model, each session will include assigned 1-2 hours of reading/pre-work to be completed by participants before convening on a Zoom meeting to discuss the pre-work and topic in more detail with a facilitator.

Topics to be covered in each of the main sections is below:

Leading a Research Group

    • Leadership
    • Team building strategies
    • Managing interpersonal conflict
    • Motivational approaches
    • Team mission/team ground rules

Career Transitions

    • Leadership pathways in academia
    • Advancement/promotion
    • Academic job search
    • Non-traditional avenues to pursue child health research
    • Transitioning to industry or a new career
  • Depending on interest, the participants may be broken into smaller cohorts with different facilitators to ensure a more personalized experience in the program.

Sharing Your Interest
Participation in year 1, our pilot year, will be capped at four cohorts of 6-10 participants each. Following the pilot year, SPR plans to offer the program in subsequent years with more opportunities for participation.

To express your interest in participating in our pilot year – September 2024 – August 2025 – click here. Deadline: July 1

Note: Participants must self-identify as a mid-career researcher and be an SPR member (SPR Junior members are not eligible).

To express your interest in participating as a facilitator in our pilot year, click here. Deadline: July 1

If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to SPR staff member Liz Giannini at liz.giannini@societyforpediatricresearch.org.