Competency-based assessment for the training of PhD students and early-career scientists

Michael F. Verderame, Victoria H. Freedman, Lisa M. Kozlowski, Wayne T. McCormack

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The training of PhD students and early-career scientists is largely an apprenticeship in which the trainee associates with an expert to become an independent scientist. But when is a PhD student ready to graduate, a postdoctoral scholar ready for an independent position, or an early-career scientist ready for advanced responsibilities? Research training by apprenticeship does not uniformly include a framework to assess if the trainee is equipped with the complex knowledge, skills and attitudes required to be a successful scientist in the 21st century. To address this problem, we propose competency-based assessment throughout the continuum of training to evaluate more objectively the development of PhD students and early-career scientists.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere34801
StatePublished - May 31 2018


  • PhD core competencies
  • PhD training assessment rubric
  • competency-based PhD training assessment
  • human biology
  • medicine
  • none
  • observable milestones

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)


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