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The Office of Career and Professional Affairs is home to the ASCEND program, now in its fourth year. Understanding that the traditional one-track model of career planning no longer serves the success or potential of our students and trainees, ASCEND draws inspiration from the NIH Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST) program to provide strategic training, resources, and opportunities for experiential learning. 

We invite you to explore our site to learn more about the programs and services offered under the ASCEND program:

2019-2020 ASCEND Presentations

October 22, 2019 - Searching and Applying for Jobs and Mastering the Interview presented by Keira Solon, Assistant Professor of Management and Business Communication, Central Missouri State University

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October 10, 2019 - Landing the Grant presented by Dana Reinert, Communications and CME Director, Department of Otolaryngology

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Topics covered:

  • Leveraging partners and letters of commitment
  • Developing a proposal budget
  • Ensuring proposal is fundable, allowable, reasonable
  • Polishing the proposal package
  • Anticipating reviewer concerns

October 3, 2019 - Grants 101 presented by Dana Reinert, Communications and CME Director, Department of Otolaryngology

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Topics covered:

  • Developing your idea into a fundable project
  • Identifying funders that are a good match
  • Leveraging institutional resources
  • Overview of proposal requirements

September 26, 2019 - Emotional Intelligence presented by Jerrihlyn McGee, DNP, RN, CNE

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Our current climate, whether it be personal, professional or political, we need tools to help us communicate, make wise decisions, manage our emotions/feelings, and adapt. One tool essential to our developmental process and success during our early, mid and late career trajectories is emotional intelligence. This workshop is designed to help us identify gaps and build skills to be able to show up as our best selves and foster and an environment for others to do the same.

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Define emotional intelligence
  • Describe the four core elements of emotional intelligence
  • Analyze importance of emotional intelligence in our personal and professional lives
  • Apply skills of successful: non-verbal communication, verbal communication
  • Identify methods to regulate or gain control of your emotions
  • Discuss how you can impact others emotional intelligence experiences

September 17, 2019 - Panel Discussion: Career Development (K) Awards presented by Subhrajit Saha, PhD, Bret Freudenthal, PhD, Shahid Umar, PhD, Hannes Devos, PhD

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In this workshop, participants learned about NIH Career Development ("K") awards, including the different types of K awards, eligibility, the application process, and review and other pertinent details. Through a panel discussion with four KUMC faculty that have received K awards, participants also learned about individual experiences with K awards, as well as information on specific feedback on the ins and outs of K awards. Featuring panelists Hannes Devos, PhD, Bret Freudenthal, PhD, Subhrajit Saha, PhD and Shahid Umar, PhD.

September 5, 2019 - Responsible Conduct of Research presented by Jason Glenn, PhD, Associate Professor, History and Philosophy of Medicine 

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This workshop discussed the history of human subject research originating in the United States to gain an understanding as to why research became regulated and to contextualize the current federal regulations and international treaties that govern the treatment of human research subjects. Topics covered include the U.S. radiation experiments, the U.S. Public Health Service Tuskegee Syphilis study, the Nuremberg Trial, and the reform of research practices in the late 1970s. Finally, Dr. Glenn discussed contemporary challenges to protecting human subjects.

Workshop goals --

  • Gain a historical understanding of why human subjects research became regulated, and the most common pitfalls that lead to unethical research practices.
  • Increase knowledge about government laws and regulations, institutional policies, and professional guidelines that govern the conduct of research.
  • Improve abilities for identifying and resolving ethical conflicts.
  • Enhance understanding of the range of accepted practices in research. Some acceptable practices vary according to the norms of specific scientific disciplines and sub-fields, while others are universal.
  • Heighten sensitivity and appreciation for ethical issues associated with contemporary biomedical research.

August 29, 2019 - Imposter Syndrome in Science presented by Jennifer Villwock, MD, Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology

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Ever feel like you're the only one who doesn't have it all figured out? Do you feel like you're just faking it? These feelings can be both common and detrimental. This can be due to a phenomenon called Imposter Syndrome, which is very common in high achieving individuals. In this seminar, you will learn more about Imposter Syndrome, its implications, and strategies you can try to change your inner dialogue.

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Last modified: Oct 22, 2019