Instructions for Interviews

Selected applicants and both of their mentors will be invited for an interview before the NLM Program Director and Steering Committee. All interviews will take place on one day. All of the below should be in your presentation, except there’s no research practicum required for postdocs.

Prepare a brief oral presentation: 8 minutes maximum, maximum 6 PPT slides + title slide. Do not imbed movies in your slides. The interview will last a total of 20 minutes, including your 8-minute oral presentation, then questions from the reviewers. Should the committee interrupt your presentation with a question, the time clock will be paused, so you can be assured of the full 8 minutes’ presentation time. Please practice so that you do not exceed this 8-minute time limit (hint: do not get bogged down in the details of the experiments). 

Aim to keep your presentation simple; you will be assessed on how well you can explain things concisely to a broad audience, as the NLM Steering Committee includes faculty from various disciplines related to biomedical informatics.

Your presentation should provide an overview of your proposed research project and should address the following:

1. the interdisciplinary nature of the project and approaches you propose to use, emphasizing the biomedical informatics, data science, and/or computational aspects. Highlight the parts of your project that are novel.

2. the NLM domain to which your research relates, and the importance of your project to this domain (See NLM Overview section for the domains.). This need not be lengthy or highly detailed but it should be explicit. Oftentimes this may be obvious to you and others in your specific area, but it may not be clear to a diverse, interdisciplinary review group.

3. the roles that both your primary mentor and co-mentor will play in the proposed research / mentoring plan, especially how the two mentors together will enable you to conduct research that could not be accomplished with either alone. PhD students should also mention how their research practicum would be implemented in the first appointment year.

4. your timeline for required and elective courses – this should be detailed in your slides, and reflect the actual semesters in which the courses are offered (See the section NLM Courses for links to course schedules.). If you request adding a new elective, you must list the approved elective you will take if you request is not approved. Be sure you include all required parts, e.g. Responsible Conduct of Research, COMP 573 Professional Development for Biomedical Informatics Professionals, etc.