Coalition for Next Generation Life Science

Education & Training

Coalition for Next Generation Life Science

Fred Hutch is committed to excellence in education and training. We host diverse training programs that range from science education for teachers, and exposure to research for high school and undergraduate students, to comprehensive training of graduate students and fellows.

Because of our deep commitment to excellence in training, we recently joined nine major research universities as founding members of the Coalition for Next Generation Life Science. The goal of the coalition is to provide data on outcomes of scientific training to help those who are considering a career in the biomedical sciences make informed career decisions. More information about the coalition's vision is described in an article in the Dec. 15, 2017 issue of the journal Science. Drs. Elizabeth Watkins (University of California, San Francisco) and Peter Espenshade (Johns Hopkins University) are leading the group's efforts.

The coalition plans to provide a standardized approach to data collection and presentation with the aim of providing transparency for students considering biomedical careers. The data will also be useful in identifying areas for improvement in our educational efforts. The data that is being collected at each institution includes:

  • The median time it takes to complete a Ph.D. degree and the median time spent in postdoctoral training
  • The demographics of students and postdoctoral fellows
  • The job outcomes of trainees

These efforts will be ongoing during 2018. In the meantime, we provide here some preliminary data from our graduate and postdoctoral training efforts. The postdoctoral training data will be updated to fit the coalition framework in the upcoming months. (Note: Because our graduate training is closely linked to various programs and departments at the University of Washington, the graduate student data is not complete and only provides a snapshot of those students who train at Fred Hutch; it is not part of the coalition data set).

We are inspired by the commitment of our coalition partners to this important project and we are pleased to work with this dedicated group to bring standardized outcome metrics and accountability to our educational efforts.

Preliminary data from graduate and postdoctoral training efforts, 1999-2016

Coalition for Next Generation Life Science Members include: Cornell University, Duke University, Fred Hutch, Johns Hopkins, MIT, University of California San Francisco, University of Maryland Baltimore County, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania and the University of Wisconsin.