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Research culture encompasses the behaviors, values, expectations, attitudes and norms of our research communities. It influences researchers’ career paths and determines the way that research is conducted and communicated.

Thriving in the Training Environment (THRIVE)

What are the skills and values that trainees need, not only to succeed in research, but to thrive and become the next generation of leading researchers in their fields? The goal of THRIVE is to develop sustainable resources and training at YSM to equip scientists with communication skills and self-advocacy tools to successfully navigate the daily challenges of working in a highly competitive and complex research environment.

THRIVE provides opportunities for pre- and postdoctoral trainees to explore and discuss the personal challenges of navigating academic and research culture. These include discussions with peers to examine and learn about interpersonal relationships, emotional intelligence, and to develop skills that promote self-efficacy through case-based examples that are unique to the research laboratory setting.


The THRIVE series will have four 90-minute workshops below which combine didactic and case-based discussions on the following topics:

Date Location Title Webinar Information
Thursday, November 7; 9:00-10:30am SHM B-145 Navigating Wellness This workshop will provide skills development exploring an interactive model supporting well-being, diving into cognitive distortions and imposter fears, navigating negative self-talk and the connections between our thoughts, emotions and behaviors using the concept of growth mindset, and discovering Acceptance Compassion Theory utilizing mindfulness practices
Thursday, November 14; 9:00-10:30am SHM B-145 COMMUNICATION: A foundation for leadership & success Communicating well is at the core of success in your professional and personal life. This workshop will explore how different communication and personality styles affect how you convey your message and how your message is received. Especially in a hierarchical environment like the lab, having a clear and coherent voice is essential to advocating for oneself, having difficult conversations without anxiety, or setting expectations and boundaries.
Thursday, November 28; 9:00-10:30am SHM B-145 Managing Expectations Attendees at this workshop will learn tools for approaching the high expectations of being a student or postdoc in a research lab at Yale as well managing the sometimes unrealistic and unreasonable expectations others have of us.
Thursday, December 6; 9:00-10:30am SHM B-145 Feedback Resilience Receiving negative feedback can be difficult, painful, and even debilitating. In this workshop you will learn how to get the most out of feedback no matter how well or poorly it is delivered. At the same time, you will understand better how to deliver effective feedback to others.

About Us

The content of these workshops is based upon the “Becoming a Resilient Scientist” webinar series developed by Dr. Sharon Milgram, Director of the NIH Office of Intramural Training and Education (NIH OITE). The 2022 pilot series is funded by an NIH supplement to MSTP T32 GM136651, and supported through the collaborative efforts of the MD-PhD Program, the BBS Program, the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and the YSM Medical Student Health and Wellness Program.

Thrive Workshop Facilitators


Please contact Reiko Fitzsimonds