Individual Development Plan

Individual Development Plan (IDP)

It is beneficial to the postdoctoral experience that every postdoctoral/research fellow at Boston Children’s Hospital have an annual formal evaluation from their supervisor. A yearly evaluation of a fellow is mandated by the policies set forth in the Research Fellows Policy Manual. A commonly used mechanism for annual evaluations is an Individual Development Plan (IDP). The IDP is a kind of roadmap stating each trainee’s developmental stage and goals and can assist postdoctoral fellows in achieving their career goals and becoming contributing members of the biomedical research workforce. As of October 2014, the NIH will require the use of IDPs for all fellows funded by training grants and highly recommend their use for all fellows funded by other NIH mechanisms. This website has various resources and templates to guide the development and use of IDPs for fellows at BCH.

Additional Resources

Benefits of IDP's for Mentors & Mentees
National Postdoctoral Association (Free membership for BCH and HMS faulty and fellows.)
NIH Extramural Nexus
NPA Core Competencies
Secrets to a Successful Postdoctoral Fellowship


BCH Suggested Annual Review

BCH modified IDP checklist

BCH Suggested IDP Templates

FAS Annual Progress Meeting Template
FAS Initial Mentoring Meeting Template  

NIH Information on IDPs

NIH Encourages Institutions to Develop Individual Development Plans for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Researchers (NOT-OD-13-093)
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