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The IDP is a popular and effective tool in professional development and career planning.  NIH and other federal agencies require the IDP for pre-doctoral fellows and training grant recipients, and is required of all doctoral students in the Department of Physiology & Biophysics.

All doctoral students in the department are required to complete an individual development plan (IDP) annually each October and in consultation with their dissertation advisor.  After completion, each student is responsible for submitting their IDP to the department’s Graduate Coordinator - Duke Park (  The IDP will be presented at the first dissertation committee, and updated annually for presentation at all future dissertation committee meetings.

The IDP plan should describe the student’s career goals, desired training, and specific milestones associated with professional development and academic training (fellowship applications, technical workshops, meeting presentations, pedagogical training, development of communications, etc.)  Students should be encouraged to incorporate professional activities offered by the School of Medicine and the UCI Graduate Division. 

Resources for the development of an IDP are available through “myIDP” at the AAAS and the UCI Graduate Division.  My IDP is an interactive website that leads a student through career goals with skill and professional assessment tools.

AAAS resources: myIDP program developed by AAAS

UCI Graduate Division web page on Mentoring

Department of Physiology & Biophysics website to find forms