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Career Development

The College of Medicine (CoM) Research and Career Development Group aims to equip early career faculty members post-doctoral researchers and PhD students with the capabilities to pursue independent and successful academic and research career paths through the provision of structured, institutional support. Programs such as Personal Development Planning (PDP), Mentoring and Postgraduate Supervision are being embedded into CoM structures in order to stimulate, encourage, support and strengthen these groups of individuals to progress in their careers as researchers, teachers and academics.

I. Post Graduate Supervision

Students’ successful completion of all postgraduate programs depends on their abilities and skills but also on the quality their academic supervision. The College of Medicine requires that every postgraduate student should have supervisors to guide them with their academic and research activities. The College of Medicine Postgraduate Committee continuously monitors the students academic progress and quality of supervision

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II. Personal Development Plan

A PDP is a process of creating a plan of action based on personal self-reflection, goal setting and identification of possible development activities that can be used for self-improvement in the context of a career, education or relationship. Personal Development Planning (PDP) is a strategy to support individuals with managing their educational, career and professional development. It is a dynamic process involving a continuous cycle of critical reflection, action planning, monitoring progress, recording achievements and evaluating developments.

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III. Mentorship

The Malaria Capacity Development Consortium (MCDC) has been working with partner institutions in Africa, including the College of Medicine (COM) since 2009 to support the career development of researchers within these institutions. MCDC has contributed to the capacity development of PhD supervisors in strengthening the management of doctoral programmes within these institutions.

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Career Development Group Reports

CD Framework for African Researchers

FINAL MCDC CDG Report English Version

Researcher mobility Lens on the Vitae Researcher Development Framework 2013