Postdoc Happy Hour

Carla D'Avanzo, PhD, left, takes a photo with fellow Mass General postdocs during a happy hour event hosted by the Research Institute last fall.

“Being part of the Massachusetts General Hospital Postdoc Association (MGPA) for three years, first as a social media and networking committee volunteer and then as co-Chair, definitely made an impact on my postdoc experience and on the decisions about my future career.

The MGPA serves the Mass General postdoctoral community for research and career development related matters and is a referral point for building a strong postdoctoral and professional network.

An executive board committee, comprised of three volunteer postdocs and a Mass General administrative officer, works together with the volunteer members of six subcommittees to organize career development events and to communicate with postdocs.

The MGPA runs monthly events on topics such as careers in academia, science communication, relationships with industry, management consulting, matters relating to international medical students and professional networking.

Thanks to the MGPA, I gained organizational and leadership skills that are not easy to acquire during daily lab life. I learned to organize meetings, such as panel discussions with experts in different topics, and to work as part of a team to make an event successful. I also grew my personal and professional network.

In my years as a MGPA member, I have been exposed to many different career paths for a postdoc in life sciences, and had chance to talk with people working in different roles. This made me more informed and confident about what I like and what I’m keener to pursue in my future career.

I strongly encourage any Mass General postdoc to contact the MGPA and share their interests and ideas. You can email us at, or connect with us on social media (Facebook and LinkedIn).”

Join the MGPA

There are different ways to get involved with the association:

  • Connect with the subcommittee that matches your ambitions
  • Volunteer for as little as three hours per semester or as much as you want
  • Attend monthly events and planning meetings
  • Don’t miss our postdoc pub nights!

Don't miss the MGPA's annual meeting: Thursday, January 26 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm in Simches 3.110. This year, we will have two speakers: Marcia Goldberg, MD, the new director of the Postdoctoral Division at Mass General, and world-renowned researcher George Valliant, MD (Harvard University and Brigham & Women's Hospital), who will discuss the "science of happiness" and depression and stress in postdoctoral fellows.

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