Our Vision and Values

We are a multidisciplinary team committed to designing career and professional development training, tools and opportunities for our emerging clinicians and scientists. OCPD embraces its part in UCSF’s overall educational mission, and is committed to teaching UCSF students and postdoctoral scholars the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to successfully navigate their careers.


Our efforts are grounded in our values, which shape how we work together as a team and how we serve our students and postdocs as an organization. They are the basis of our actions, and we strive to make all of our decisions, to organize ourselves, to manage the inevitable conflict and change, and to communicate with each other and our community through this lens.  

The OCPD team reaffirmed the following 5 values through a series of discussions and considered what is essentially an optimal design question: how can a university career and professional development team best serve our current and future biomedical trainees? The following principles will help ensure the OCPD engages with consistent integrity as we navigate our work.

We are advocates

  • Applying our knowledge, skills, abilities and agency to strategically advocate and inclusively support our students’ and postdoctoral scholars’ professional success and personal well-being.
  • Using our platform to surface and elevate student/postdoc led career and professional development initiatives.

We are committed to continuous learning

  • Encouraging students and postdocs to in Invest in themselves, because they are worth it.
  • Developing new knowledge and skills to serve our students/postdocs

We are evidence-based

  • Soliciting student/postdoc feedback
  • Using survey data to determine our direction and improve our programing
  • Designing our efforts based on multidisciplinary best practices
  • Actively engaging in transparency and accountability in our decisions and efforts

We believe in community

  • Encouraging every person to develop their circle of support through colleagues, collaborators, (Student Service Offices), mentors, friends and family

We center on professional and personal well-being in our actions

  • Committing to building a high functioning and healthy work environment to serve as a model to our students and scholars
  • Principled leadership is the cornerstone of our professional integrity
  • Advocating for each person to explore their values and pursue their goals
  • Trusting that every person has the ability to determine and articulate what they need to take care of themselves
  • No Invisible work: Effort should be recognized, and achievement rewarded