The DIscovering Career Options in Translational Science (DICOTS) Network supports graduate medical students in exploring career options outside the traditional academic track.
Among graduate students, there is an unmet need for career development and networking opportunities, particularly in fields outside of the traditional academic science tracks. Because traditional academic jobs are available for only about 20% of graduates, we must improve awareness and opportunities in other related careers, such as:
The DICOTS Network pairs graduate students with advisors in their fields of interest, who supply career advice, interdisciplinary networking opportunities, and referrals to educational programs, internship opportunities, or other more specific training avenues.
Current areas of expertise represented among our advisors include:
Medical writing / editing
Marketing / communications
Regulatory affairs / FDA
Clinical research / trials
Clinical laboratory research
Research / academic administration
Public policy / public health
Statistics (biostatistics, clinical research)
Time commitment is estimated to be a few one-hour meetings per month, depending on advisor availability and student interest.
The 2016-17 cohort includes 23 graduate students and postdocs.
Applications for the next cohort will open in August 2017, closing September 15, 2017.
To apply or to volunteer as an advisor, please contact Amanda McMillan. Applicants should send a CV and a cover letter both explaining their desire to participate and identifying their field of interest.
A key objective of Duke’s Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) is to foster career development at all career stages and expand resources to PhD students. This award is administered by Duke CTSI, and the DICOTS Network is part of CTSI’s efforts to reach this objective.
This program is sponsored, in part, by the Duke Clinical and Translational Science Award, NIH Award number UL1TR001117.