Professional Development

The goal of the Professional Development Committee is to: organize programs that enhance the professional development of postdoctoral fellows. We focus on programs that improve postdocs’ soft skills and that complement the programming provided by the HMS/HSDM Office of Postdoctoral Fellows.


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HMPA Volunteer Review Group

Dear Fellow Postdocs,


We have recently established the HMPA volunteer Review Group as a part of Harvard Medical School’s Postdoctoral Association. The goal of our program is to facilitate fellow scientists to succeed in their publication process by providing constructive criticism on their manuscripts before the first submission or revision submissions.


We are currently recruiting postdocs from our community (HMS and affiliated hospitals) who are interested in reviewing manuscripts. This program will allow you to gain experience as a peer-reviewer and interact with others who share similar interests. If you’re interested, please sign up through the google form:


We also would like to invite you to submit manuscripts for review at no cost. Please email your manuscripts or abstracts to:


To avoid any conflict of interests and competition, our committee will carefully examine the relationship between our authors and volunteer reviewers, as well as those on our editorial board, as this will improve the reliability of our peer-review process. All content of the manuscripts will be kept confidential; only the editorial board and matched reviewers will have access to the assigned manuscript.


If you have any questions regarding the program, or if you are interested in submitting your manuscripts to the Harvard Medical Postdoctoral Association’s Review Group, please email Caroline Palavicino-Maggio at If you are interested in becoming a volunteer reviewer, please sign-up at:


April 6 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

BOSTON STEM CELL SYMPOSIUM AND INDUSTRY NETWORKING When: Thursday, April 6th | 9:00am — 3:30pm Where: The Charles Hotel, 1 Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA 02138   Partnering with our fellow Postdoc from the Harvard Faculty of...

Trials, tribulations, tensions and triumphs: The roles of editor and reviewer in the publication of medical research

February 15 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

When: Wednesday, February 15 | 4:00-5:30pm Where: Cannon Room, Building C, 240 Longwood Ave.   The HMPA Professional Development Committee is proud to host a guest lecture: Trials, tribulations, tensions and triumphs: The roles...

Will I stay, or will I go? (and what if I don’t know?) Managing your post-doc experience when you do not know the location of your next career step

November 14, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

One of the challenges of the post-doc experience is balancing medium and long-term plans and collaborations, with the uncertainty of not knowing the location of your next career step.  Should this prevent you from...

Management 101 for Scientists

April 20, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

“Management 101 for Scientists (or Why Communication May Save You)” Everyone knows someone who is a great scientist but a bad supervisor.  This talk is designed to give you an introduction to the skills...

Corporate to Catalyst: Shades of Gray

January 11, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

‘Corporate to Catalyst: Shades of Gray’ Speaker: Gary S Gray, PhD Director, Technology and Innovation Harvard Catalyst |The Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center Dr. Gray’s career entailed 25 years in the biopharma industry...