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Postdoctoral scholars are no longer the “invisible” population they once were. While they are considered independent researchers, they still require a considerable amount of training and career preparation. Recently, there have been numerous efforts from a variety of stakeholders to enhance professional development for postdoctoral scholars. While these enhancements are valuable, there is a need to ensure that these efforts are coordinated across stakeholders to maximize investment and minimize duplication. The workshop described here, held at the 2017 National Postdoctoral Association meeting, was designed with this goal in mind. Representatives with various perspectives on postdoctoral training discussed the strengths and challenges they faced in training postdoctoral scholars. This conversation included discussions of career preparedness, methods for collection and dissemination of training and career outcomes data, specific roles that these stakeholders play in enhancing postdoctoral training, and potential partnership models for collaboration to enhance postdoctoral training.
This article is a result of a workshop held at the 2017 National Postdoctoral Association Annual Meeting. This is a preprint submission to PeerJ Preprints.