Academy for Transferable Management Skills Course

Georgetown University Biomedical Graduate Education - Academy for Transferable Management Skills

The Office of Postdoctoral Development and Training Grant Support (OPDTGS) has created this course to make your life easier when it comes to managing your research project. The Academy for Transferable Management Skills (ATMS) will introduce you to the basics of project management and how you can use these techniques to improve your research. Project Management (PM) skills are also highly sought after by employers in any industry. By taking this course, you will improve your research management skills and your resume!

Course Objectives

Throughout the ATMS Project Management Course, you will learn how to:

  1. Decide and begin a research project, taking potential risks into account
  2. Plan your project in detail and estimate time for completion of objectives 
  3. Brainstorm potential risks of your project and prepare both contingency and mitigation plans
  4. Monitor progress in your project, proposing changes in response to missed deadlines, expanding scope, insufficient work quality, etc.
  5. Organize and develop a team, including your additional mentors
  6. End a project and record lessons learned throughout the process

ATMS 2021 Kickoff Videos

Missed the ATMS Project Management Career Symposium? We’ve got you covered! Login to your Georgetown Box account and check out any of the recordings below.

ATMS Project Management Certificate of Completion

ATMS is designed to give trainees additional experience in project management and more ways to describe their own PM skills. Trainees can earn an ATMS Project Management Certificate of Completion by doing the following:

  1. Complete the ATMS course
  2. Complete the post-course evaluation
  3. Review your ATMS portfolio with a course PM advisor

Our ATMS Train the Trainer Guide and Appendix includes the full curriculum so institutions can replicate the ATMS program for their trainees. Please fill out the survey below to receive an email with links to the ATMS materials.

Get the ATMS Train the Trainer Guide Download

If you are interested in partnering with ATMS in our mission to develop the biomedical workforce, please contact Dr. Elizabeth Salm at We are currently recruiting sponsors for the following activities:

  • ATMS Mentors in Residence to review trainee project management portfolios
  • Professional development workshops
  • ATMS guest speakers

Contact Us

Email Dr. Elizabeth Salm at if you have any questions.

A special thank-you to our ATMS pilot funder:

Burroughs Welcome Fund