In your field, does it come with any particular value? Good or bad?
Is there something about the "NIH name on the CV" that advantages a trainee?
Are there critical connections of lasting worth? Or perhaps critical career opportunities- the K22 or the chance to stay intramural for ever?
Are there other Universities or research institutes that are more valuable?
Or are you best off just going lab by lab, with no particular concern for the host institution?
A letter to the blog wanted to know and I can't offer more than anecdotes and a dose of "it depends", both of which are not helpful. Any thoughts, Dear Reader?