Instructions for Individual Development Plans (IDP)

HEAL Fellowship 

Instructions for Individual Development Plan (IDP)

Downloadable instructions here

What is the IDP?: The individual development plan is an outline of professional goals and the means to meet them during the 2 year HEAL fellowship. The plan should be tailored to your experience and career goals while staying within the overarching objectives of HEAL. Your IDP will be the foundation for evaluation of your progress during the fellowship.

HEAL Core Competencies:

1) Provision of high quality care focused on local burden of disease

2) Incorporation into and effective engagement with local health system

3) Demonstration of leadership and interprofessional team management skills

4) Development of strong and diverse teaching skills

5) Advocacy for communities, health systems, and patients

6) Adherence to principles of health equity and ethics in clinical and academic work

Timeline for IDP:

Prior to July 1 – Create and prioritize a list of skills, interests and goals that you want to pursue during HEAL fellowship. Goals should fit within the framework of the core competencies.

July 10 – Meet with mentors to discuss your overall goals and objectives for the fellowship and your future career plans.

July 10-22 – Create IDP with specific timeline to achieve your goals.

July 23 – IDP is finalized and submitted to your UCSF, IHS and international site mentors

Monthly – Check-in with mentors to discuss goals met, timeline and any changes to IDP

Instructions for creation of IDP:

  1. Before the fellowship begins, answer the following questions to get a sense of your goals:
    1. What are your short-term career goals – where do you see yourself working after the fellowship is complete?
    2. What are your long-term career goals – where do you see yourself in 10 years?
    3. What are strengths that you would like to build upon during the fellowship?
    4. What new skills would you like to gain during the fellowship?
  1. Meet with your UCSF mentor to develop IDP goals to achieve during the fellowship.
    1. Include goals related to career trajectory
    2. Include goals related to skill development (e.g. ultrasound, laboratory, teaching, leadership)
    3. Include goals related to projects that will be completed in the field
    4. Complete the IDP outline.
      1. All goals must be SMART:

i.     Specific – Clear statement of what you will achieve

ii.     Measurable – must have a quantifiable or discrete outcome

iii.     Attainable – should be realistic to achieve during fellowship

iv.     Relevant – relates back to HEAL competencies

v.     Timebound – has a deadline for completion or frequency of occurrence

  1. Each goal can be broken down into components to work on in a stepwise fashion.
  2. Each component should have an actionable plan with a specific timeline
  3. Review progress toward IDP goals via mentor check-in at least once per month.
  4. Continue to update IDP with new goals or modify existing ones
    1. Add goals for projects that arise on site with your mentors
    2. Add skills that you want to develop
    1. Revise timeline as necessary


Example of Specific Goal


Necessary Components

Plan of Action

Anticipated Date of Completion

Work as a clinician educator after fellowship.
  1.  Develop content expertise in my specialty
  2. Improve public speaking skills


  1. Choose one topic area to read about per week related to a clinical case
  1. Create a 10 min chalk talk on a relevant clinical topic and give to team on site


  1. Ongoing – 30 mins per week
  2. By 12/1/15



Resources from organizations that use IDPs: