Career Development Plan

Each scholar in the KL2 Mentored Career Development Program is required to submit a detailed career development plan after acceptance into the program. This plan is approved by the CCaTS Postdoctoral Programs Committee and ensures that you obtain maximum benefit from the KL2 Program.

Career development plans are reviewed based on the Career Development Plan Review Criteria.

Section 1: Overall career goals

Provide a summary of your career goals and explain how the activities in sections two and three will help you achieve these goals. You may modify your summary from your KL2 application based on Scientific Review Committee suggestions. Provide background information on what you have already accomplished and your anticipated career trajectory. Describe activities that address your short- and long-term objectives and provide a summary.

Section 2: Mentoring component and mentoring team

Identify the members of your mentoring and research team, their roles (for example, primary mentor, secondary mentor, co-investigator or consultant) and the disciplines they represent.

Describe your meeting plan, including frequency and duration. Also, complete the Individual Development Plan (PDF) with your mentor.


Mentor name Role Discipline(s) Meeting plan
John Smith, M.D. Mentor Cardiology, epidemiology Every Tuesday for 1 hour

Section 3: Training and didactic component

Describe your current skills and training, such as doctoral training and fellowships. Describe additional skills, training and education you plan to complete to accomplish your goals.

List all internal and external training, such as courses, meetings and conferences, you plan to attend. Include the program requirements found at Program Milestones.



Course number: Name Quarter and year Other details if applicable (e.g., location, cost)
CTSC 5080: What Researchers Need to Know About Eliminating Health Disparities Fall 2019 Rochester

Meetings and conferences

Meeting or conference Date Location Participation
Translational Science Meeting April 2019 Washington, D.C. Poster

Other items to include in section three:

  • Write Winning Grant Proposals. This one-day workshop addresses both the conceptual and practical aspects associated with the grant-writing process. It emphasizes idea development and how to write for reviewers. A copy of "The Grant Application Writer's Workbook" is included. Read more.

  • Writing and Publishing High-Impact Research Manuscripts. This one-day workshop addresses tips and strategies for successfully publishing original manuscripts in peer-reviewed biomedical journals. It includes a lecture component and interactive exercises. Read more.

  • Presentation skills. This half-day workshop is designed to improve presentation skills by optimizing body language, oral presentations and use of audiovisual aids. After some initial instruction, participants are videotaped giving a five-minute presentation and receive constructive feedback. The workshop uses a small-group format.

  • Budgeting. Scholars attend budget meetings on a quarterly basis and as requested by the CCaTS program staff.

  • CCaTS Grand Rounds. Held from noon to 1 p.m. each Friday, CCaTS Grand Rounds provides an opportunity for intellectual interaction among team members, students, trainees and faculty.

    It also provides a forum for scholars and students in the KL2 Program and Ph.D. Program to discuss projects and learn about the breadth of approaches and techniques used across the spectrum of clinical and translational science. Presenting at Grand Rounds is a requirement for all KL2 scholars in their final year of funding.

  • Required courses. CTSC 5080, 5300, 5600 and CORE 6000 are required courses. Review course descriptions for more information.

  • Master's degree or certificate courses. In addition to the courses listed above, scholars pursuing the Postdoctoral Master's Degree or Postdoctoral Certificate Program have additional required courses.


The CCaTS Education Contacts page contains a listing of team members who can assist you with questions.