NIH Resilience Training Program

NIH Resilience Training Program - Becoming a Resilient Scientist

A virtual program offered by the College of Medicine in partnership with the NIH Office of Intramural Training and Education

Navigating school, the career exploration process, research environments, and the stress of life can seem overwhelming and lead us to doubt ourselves just when we need confidence the most. The goal of this series is to help you develop the resilience you need to navigate challenging situations in school, work and life. The series will consist of six webinars, each followed by a small group discussion the following week. The webinars will highlight emotional intelligence competencies needed for academic success and for thriving in research and healthcare careers. We will discuss the cultivation of skills to help you realize resilience and identify and deal with obstacles that get in your way. While you may participate in any of the webinars, it is best to participate in the entire series as the material relates and concepts will be developed throughout the series. Please register for the webinars and participate in any survey presented, even if you are watching the video asynchronously. Details about the webinars and small group discussions (with Zoom links) are as follows:

NIH Becoming a Resilient Scientist videos can be found here:

Orientation & Getting to Know Each Other

Unit I - An Introduction to Resilience and Wellness 

Workbook: RTP Unit 1 Workbook.pdf

We all experience setback and disappointments in science, work and life. In this webinar we will look at seven key elements of resilience with a focus on building habits that promote healthier responses and resilient behaviors in the face of set-back in educational and work environments.

Unit II - Exploring our Self-Talk: Cognitive Distortions and Imposter Fears

Workbook: RTP_Unit_2_Workbook.pdf

We tell ourselves stories about what is happening to us and around us. In this webinar we will explore how our self-talk is generated and look at ways our self-talk can either help us be more resilient or how it can hurt us and hold us back. We will look at two important elements of our self-talk, cognitive distortions and imposter fears and explore ways to recognize internal messages and input from others that distorts our views of our abilities and accomplishments.

Unit III - Emotions and Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace

Workbook: RTP_Unit_3_Workbook.pdf

Emotions can play a critical role in how we communicate, navigate relationships, and manage conflict. In this webinar we will discuss Emotional Intelligence and emotions and how they influence our resilience as scientists.

Unit IV - Self-Advocacy and Assertiveness for Scientists

Workbook: RTP_4 Workbook.pdf

We all need to develop the skills needed to be assertive and to advocate for ourselves, especially in hierarchical environments where we sometimes feel we do not have a voice. In this webinar, we will discuss how to set boundaries, communicate expectations, ask for feedback and discuss difficult issues with friends, mentors, colleagues and supervisors.

Unit V - Developing Feedback Resilience

Workbook: RTP_Unit_5_Workbook.pdf

We all need feedback to grow and learn but we often become defensive and are unable to learn from the feedback we receive, even if it is delivered well. In this webinar, we will talk about why receiving feedback is so difficult and explore ways to stay calm and engaged when receiving feedback. We will also talk about giving feedback in a calm and assertive way so that our voice can be heard.

Unit VI - Managing Up to Maximize Mentoring Relationships

Workbook: RTP_Unit_6_Workbook.pdf

We all need mentors to support and encourage us throughout our educational and career journey. In this webinar, we will talk about the mentoring relationship in research environments with a focus on improving your relationship with your PI, finding mentors and on improving communication and interpersonal interactions. The webinar will help clarify what you need from your supervisors and mentors and address how to get what you need from these important interactions.