The Individual Development Plan (IDP) is a way to explore and define training goals, professional development needs, and career objectives. It can guide you to reflect on where you are and where you would like to be, and defines specific actions for goal achievement. An IDP can act as a tool to improve mentoring relationships between the individual and faculty advisors or mentors. Faculty as mentees can benefit from using an IDP. A selection of templates, tips, and strategies for developing IDPs are available in the page below.