Upcoming Events

In accordance with social-distancing guidelines, in-person events have been suspended through June. All of our leadership development programs (LEADER, ALICE, DCLP, ADVANCE UP) will continue to meet virtually. This page will be updated with any additional information regarding event changes, and any new offerings available online. Please contact facdev@dm.duke.edu with any questions. 


The School of Medicine Offices for Faculty Development and Research Mentoring are pleased to host a variety of seminars, small group workshops, and special events geared toward engaging faculty at all ranks and from all academic backgrounds. Browse our current schedule below, register for events, or consult our yearly calendar for a general outline of our program schedules.

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Current Programs:



2020 Spring Faculty Celebration

Due to COVID-19 the 2020 Spring Faculty Celebration has been cancelled.​

Formerly known as the "Spring Faculty Meeting" this event is a wonderful opportunity to network, celebrate achievements, and recognize colleagues with faculty awards. There will be a networking reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres from 5:00-6:00pm and the program will begin at 6:00.

Presented by: Mary E. Klotman, MD, Dean of the School of Medicine, Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs

Where: Doris Duke Center at Duke Gardens

Who should attend: All School of Medicine faculty are invited. Feel free to invite your SOM faculty colleagues to attend with you or to make plans to come as a group and celebrate the end of the academic year together. 

Questions? email fiona.johann@duke.edu



School of Medicine Financial Boot Camp

Due to COVID-19 the Spring School of Medicine Financial Boot Camp has been cancelled.​

The School of Medicine Financial Boot Camp is a multi-part series designed to help faculty understand core finance issues with a focus on medical school economics. Participants will receive an introduction to financial concepts that impact institutional decision making, such as the time value of money and cost of capital. The series will also focus on the School of Medicine funding and the allocation of funding from different sources. Participants will learn about the cost of and funding for the research mission. Sessions will be interactive and include realistic case-based discussions focused on understanding the differences between Duke Health entities and the resolution of these variances. The ultimate goal is to build awareness of financial decision-making and to empower faculty to be able to fully engage in discussions about finances at the program, department, and school levels.

Presented by: Scott Gibson, Executive Vice Dean for Administration


  • Session 1: Friday, May 15, 8:30-10:30am, Classroom 4, Trent Semans Center
  • Session 2: Friday, May 29, 8:30-10:30am, Classroom 3, Trent Semans Center
  • Session 3: Friday, June 5, 8:30-10:30am, Classroom 3, Trent Semans Center

Who should attend? This program is most appropriate for mid-career and senior faculty with leadership roles (program director, division chief, vice chair, etc.).

Questions? email fiona.johann@duke.edu  


Getting Back to Basics

Monday, May 18, 2020, 4:00-5:00, Zoom Meeting

Getting Back to Basics is a series of informal events designed to provide minority faculty in the basic sciences with time and space to meet with peers, build academic partnerships and create peer mentoring networks.

Meetings are held quarterly and all Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Faculty (UREF) in a basic science department or those with a PhD in a clinical department will receive an email invite.

Who should attend? UREF in Basic Science Departments and UREF with a PhD in the Clinical Science department

Questions? Email fiona.johann@duke.edu 

RSVP by emailing fiona.johann@duke.edu, please email to attend, you will be sent the zoom meeting link via calendar invite


Kerfuffles, Conflicts and Misunderstandings: Strategies for Engagement

Due to COVID-19 the 2020 Kerfuffles, Conflicts and Misunderstandings: Strategies for Engagement has been cancelled.​​

This interactive session starts with the premise that the capacity to engage skillfully in challenging conversations is a vital component of leadership. Kerfuffles, conflicts and misunderstandings are every day occurrences. Unresolved, they cultivate resentment and stymy organizational progress- particularly where change is occurring. This session will use concepts from the classic books Crucial Conversations, Crucial Confrontations and Difficult Conversations to discuss, demonstrate and practice high stakes communication skills.  The goal is for participants to gain greater confidence in addressing difficult conversations.

Presented by: Ann Brown, MD, MHS, and Cathie Siders, PhD

Where: The Great Hall of the Trent Semans Center

Who should attend? All are welcome, material will be geared toward School of Medicine faculty.

Questions: contact fiona.johann@duke.edu 


Write Winning NIH Grant Proposals

Thursday, July 16, 2020; 8:30am – 5:00pm

Write Winning NIH Grant Proposals is a full-day grant writing seminar presented by John D. Robertson, PhD, Managing Member of Grant Writers’ Seminars and Workshops LLC. This widely-acclaimed session provides step-by-step instructions for how to craft a winning NIH grant proposal and is appropriate for all SOM faculty who are actively writing grants. Click here for a complete session description. Space is limited and seats are expected to fill up quickly. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Presented By: John D. Robertson, PhD, Managing Member, Grant Writers’ Seminars and Workshops LLC

Where: School of Nursing, Christine Siegler Pearson Building, Auditorium (room 1014)

Who should attend? The content of this seminar is targeted toward SOM faculty who are actively writing grants.

Questions? Contact fiona.johann@duke.edu

Register Here

Registration is only open to Faculty through March 15. On March 16 remaining seats will open to all others.


A Workshop in Effective Communication: The 5 Cs of Sentence and Story

Thursday, August 6, 9:30am-2:00pm​

This half-day hands-on workshop will help faculty develop skills for improved academic writing. The workshop will address the “5 Cs” of effective writing: making sure it is complete, compelling, clear, concise, and consistent. Experienced science writer and scientific editor Joanna Downer will guide participants through strategies for improved writing and storytelling to make all of your professional communications more effective. Topics will include knowing your audience, choosing the right information, telling a convincing story, and avoiding common pitfalls. Faculty will have opportunities to practice their skills throughout the session. Content will be broadly applicable to all types of academic writing, and participants should bring a current writing project to work on (e.g. in progress manuscript, grant application, letter of nomination, or other).

Presented by: Joanna Downer, PhD, Associate Dean for Research Development

Where: Duke Medical Pavilion, Room 2W96

Who should attend? SOM Faculty who have a current academic writing project to work on (e.g. in progress manuscript, grant application, letter of nomination, or other).

Questions: Contact Fiona.johann@duke.edu

Register Here


Making the Case

Friday, August 14, 21, and 28

Have an idea you’d like to implement at Duke? Unsure how to craft the financial proposal or pitch your plans to key stakeholders? Making the Case is a hands-on, interactive program to learn the skills needed to transform an idea into a proposal. Over the course of three sessions you will develop or refine a business plan for your own idea, get feedback on stakeholders to engage and questions to ask, and practice pitching your proposal to a panel of mock judges. No actual funds will be awarded as part of this program. In order to participate you must come to the first session with a program or project idea that you would like to develop. This should be an idea that you want to move forward and that requires a budgetary component. Past examples include things like starting a new program, implementing a clinical redesign effort, launching a new division or center, or proposing a new system-wide workflow redesign. Sessions will include guidance on how to use and manipulate data using excel.

Presented by:

  • Sharon Hull, MD, MHS, Director of the Executive Coaching Program
  • Rossi Evans, MS, Assistant Dean of Budget and Finance
  • Susan Kline, MS, Chief Administrator, Department of Pediatrics


  • Friday, August 14, 8:30-10:30am, Location TBD
  • Friday, August 21, 8:30-10:30am, Location TBD
  • Friday, August 28, 8:30-11:30am, Location TBD

Who should attend: School of Medicine faculty who have an idea they’d like to pitch or develop. Please note that there will be assignments before and between sessions. Participants must attend all three sessions.

Questions: Contact kyle.nunn@duke.edu

Register Here

Registration is only open to School of Medicine Faculty


4th Annual URiM Family Barbeque

Saturday, August 15, 5:00-8:00

Come join us at the Treyburn Country Club for a family friendly networking barbeque. Dinner, wine and beer will be served. There will be activities for the whole family, including a bounce house and face painting for the kids!

Hosted By:

  • Kevin Thomas, MD, Assistant Dean of Underrepresented Faculty Development
  • Kim Evans, MD, Associate Vice Chair for Diversity, Chair, Minority Recruitment & Retention Committee, Department of Medicine

Where: Treyburn Country Club, 1 Old Trail Dr, Durham, NC 27712

Who should attend? SOM Underrepresented in Medicine, Faculty, Staff, Trainees, Learners and their families

Questions? Contact fiona.johann@duke.edu 



How to Respond Effectively to Incidents of Harassment

Tuesday, December 1, 8:30am-12:30pm

This interactive session will empower you to:

Learn how to effectively respond to reports of harassment, callous behavior or insensitive remarks
Explore ways to have a restorative conversation with parties who have engaged in behaviors that have caused harm to others
Model bystander interventions in your areas to create a culture where harassment and bias incidents are less likely to occur or re-occur
Understand institutional resources to address harassment including the Office for Diversity and Inclusion, the Office for Institutional Equity, and others

About the Speaker: This session will be led by Ada Gregory, a known leader in equity, diversity and violence prevention.  Ada brings hands-on experience designing and implementing training programs to address violence, harassment and other forms of equity concerns.  Ada is the Associate Director for Duke University’s Kenan Institute for Ethics.  She is the Student Ombudsperson for Duke University, and in this capacity, she serves as a confidential, neutral resource for undergraduate, graduate and professional students to informally address any problem or concern. 

Where: Great Hall, Trent Semans Center

Who should attend: All those affiliated with the SOM are encouraged to participate.

Questions? Contact School of Medicine Office for Faculty, facdev@duke.edu

Register Here