Historical Context

In Spring 2023, the Medical School reorganized the office structure(s) that supported graduate students. The result was movement of all services, resources, and programmatic activities offered by the Biomedical Graduate Research Education and Training (BGREAT), Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Outreach (ODIO) and Office of Professional Development (OPD) into one entity: the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. 

The needs for expanded services provided to our trainees were growing and this restructuring would allow us to grow in concert with that need. Effectively, the mission expanded to concretely provide equal support for postdoctoral trainees to that of our graduate students. In terms of both personnel, financial contributions and percent effort, the new office organization now supports the recruitment, retention, research education and career development of graduate students and postdoctoral trainees and employs best practice approaches to maximize trainee success outcomes.