Postdoctoral Fellowship Accomplishments

NIH T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship in Reproductive Health


To date, 11 of 21 (52%) former trainees obtained entry level faculty appointments, even though nationally the number of available full time faculty positions has declined over recent years. Of those 11, 8 (73%) obtained funding as PI or Co-I.  An impressive 17 of 21 (81%) currently hold research intensive and research related positions, a clear demonstration that this program prepares trainees for careers in research.

7 of 21 (33%) former Cycle I and Cycle II trainees had health professional degrees (2 MD, 3 MD PhD, 1 PhD clinical psychology, 1 PhD counseling psychology). During Cycle II, Fangjian Guo, MD PhD, completed the 2-year commitment on this T32 and advanced to a faculty position as an assistant professor and K12 BIRCWH Scholar. He has recently obtained independent support on a K07 from NCI and advanced to tenure track status.

Overall, the 21 Cycle I and Cycle II postdoctoral trainees produced 75 unique manuscripts in 41 peer-reviewed journals, with 54/75 (72%) first author positions filled by a postdoc. In addition, they presented 73 unique abstracts at national meetings.  (Each publication and presentation was counted only once to avoid overstating the final number.) This high level of productivity is exemplary and helped trainees obtain their subsequent research or research-related positions. During the 5 completed years of Cycle II alone, 8 trainees produced 29 publications in 18 peer-reviewed journals. They presented 36 abstracts at national meetings. This shows that productivity has flourished under the team mentoring approach.

The excellent quality of the Cycle II trainees’ work may be ascertained not only by publication count, but also by the quality of the journals accepting their work, with 14 of the 18 journals having impact factors greater than 2.0. These journals include those deemed important in areas related to health of reproductive-aged women and illustrate the impact of this program in women’s health research.

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