About OACD

Established in July 2002 under the vision of Arthur S. Levine, senior vice chancellor for the health sciences and dean, School of Medicine, the Office of Academic Career Development (OACD) is uniquely charged with a mission that encompasses not only those professionals who learn and train within the health sciences, but also includes those scientists and clinicians whose life's work continues within the University's academic health science community.

A supportive and collaborative environment, purposeful mentorship, and the encouragement of diversity in leadership roles are integral components of attracting, developing, and retaining the biomedical scientists and clinicians best suited to continuing the tradition of excellence in the health sciences at the University of Pittsburgh and are goals of OACD.

OACD is dedicated to providing professionals in the schools of the health sciences (the Schools of Dental Medicine, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences) with the professional tools, resources, and support they need to achieve their full potential as leaders in biomedical research, education, and clinical practice. As a model for comprehensive academic career development programs internationally, OACD seeks to empower the academic health science community, including graduate and medical students, postdoctoral associates and scholars, residents, clinical associates, and faculty by providing academic career development guidance, training, and support.