You3 – A Leadership and Management Program for Postdocs is a structured program aimed at filling a critical need in postdoc professional development for current training and future career success. This program is designed by postdocs for postdocs under the guidance of OGPS’ Director of Curriculum and Educational Initiatives. Using statistical tools to analyze survey data and aligning them with pedagogical best practices, this program is structured as eight 1.5-hour weekly modules to develop mastery in three aspects of management and leadership. These modules, organized below, will be facilitated by topic experts. The program will be enriched with effective tools and case-studies to provide learning opportunities for participants.

Managing yourself

  • Self-awareness and accountability: identifying your strengths and weaknesses while leveraging constructive feedback to gain realistic self-knowledge
  • Implicit bias in team building and growth: being aware of blind spots and working toward an inclusive environment
  • Time management: identifying tasks that contribute to your professional growth, prioritizing them, and setting a reasonable timeline for your expectations

Managing your project

  • Resource management: developing a budget and managing funds
  • Starting your team: hiring and developing talent

Managing your team

  • Building your team: assigning the right projects to the right people; communicating expectations, building trust
  • Conflict resolution: resolving conflicts between you and team members and within the team
  • Leadership: core skills to develop as a leader and seek out opportunities for growing into lead roles

In the inaugural cycle, the program will be open to the >600 postdoctoral fellows at the University of Michigan Medical School (UMMS), representing ~40% of total Michigan postdocs. A cohort of 30-35 will be selected via a competitive application process. Following full attendance and active participation, including a final session reflecting on professional growth and identifying actionable goals, participants will receive a certificate of completion. The resources from the program will be compiled for participants, acknowledging that professional development is a continuous and iterative process.


4:00 – 5:30 pm Thursdays, September 19th – November 21st

Taubman Health Sciences Library, Room 2901

September 19th: Kickoff Social – Postdoc Appreciation Week

Managing Yourself
  • September 26th: Self-awareness and accountability
  • October 3rd: Implicit bias in team building and growth
  • October 10th: Time management
Managing Your Project
  • October 17th: Research management and budgeting
  • October 24th: Starting a team
Managing Your Team
  • October 31st: Building your team
  • November 7th: Conflict resolution
  • November 14th: Leadership

November 21st: Celebration and Certification Session



Program Development Core Team

Julie Boulanger, PhD – UMMS, Postdoctoral Fellow

Maggie Evans, PhD – OGPS, Career and Professional Development Coordinator

Kaylee Steen, PhD – UMMS, Postdoctoral Fellow

Shoba Subramanian, PhD – OGPS, Director of Curriculum and Educational Initiatives

Jay Vornhagen, PhD – UMMS, Postdoctoral Fellow

Zara Weinberg, PhD  – UMMS, Postdoctoral Fellow

Faculty consultant (for initial ideation)

Arvind Rao, PhD – UMMS, Associate Professor