This website will walk you through developing an individual development plan (IDP), which will help you explore career possibilities and set goals to follow the career path that fits you best. You will find exercises to help you examine your skills, interests, and values; a list of 20 scientific career paths with a prediction of which ones best fit your skills and interests; a tool for setting strategic goals for the coming year with optional reminders to keep you on track; and articles and resources to guide you through the process. Be aware that NIH annual progress reports received on/after October 1, 2014, must include a section to describe how individual development plans (IDPs) are used to identify and promote the career goals of graduate students and postdoctoral researchers associated with the award. As a result, reviewing your IDP annually with a faculty mentor is an important part of your graduate training.

Training and Resources

The Office of Biomedical Education strives to provide the best and most up-to-date resources to its students. If you know of a resource that you think would be beneficial to others, please send us the information at

You can get training in a variety of topics through your myUK portal. See a list of trainings here: "Technology Training" offers instruction on various software.

Once you've logged onto myUK, click on the "Employee Self-Service" tab and then the "myUK learning" link. Continue following "learning" links until you see the "Find Learning" box where you can search for the course you want.

STUCKERT CAREER CENTER (resources for grad students/postdocs)


Want to start investing for your future? While students cannot participate in University of Kentucky retirement savings programs, they can take advantage of the UK Invests program. This free program offers investing incentives for students!


Mental Health Needs

Counseling for Trainees

College of Medicine Psychologist - Be sure to also check out The Woodland Group at the bottom of the psychologist's page.

Woodland Wellness Group Counseling

The College of Medicine offers individual counseling services through the Woodland Wellness Group in partnership with the Lexington Medical Society. To make an appointment with a psychologist in the Woodland Wellness Group, call 859-825-8986 and leave a confidential voicemail for Dr. Hough or Dr. Smith or email 

A student has access to 12 free counseling sessions per calendar year. You can also find more information here.

UK Counseling Center

The UK Counseling Center also offers confidential consultation and therapy to all UK students. All services are free of charge. To learn more, visit their website at

To schedule an appointment, please go to



TalkspaceAccess mental health clinicians through this confidential and secure online text and video chat therapy platform. All currently enrolled UK students (all campuses) have access free of charge. To access the service and learn more about the resource, visit:

  • How Talkspace works:
    • Answer a few simple questions to get started — it takes less than two minutes.
    • The Talkspace team will match you with a provider (typically within 48 hours).
    • Connect with your provider and begin your mental health journey, including unlimited messaging and two phone or video sessions each month.



UK Student Health Insurance Plan information:

Contact SHIP coordinator Chavae Mock at 859-218-0461 or with any questions.


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