Upcoming Events

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:



How to Respond Effectively to Incidents of Harassment

Wednesday, July 24, 8:00am-3:00pm, Great Hall of the Trent Semans Center OR

Tuesday, August 20, 8:00am-3:00pm, Great Hall of the Trent Semans Center

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: These sessions 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.  Ada will be joined by institutional leaders from across the School of Medicine and the University.

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

Registration: Registration for these sessions is required.  These two sessions are the same, please only register for one.

Wednesday, July 24, 8:00-3:00pm, Great Hall of the Trent Semans Center, Register here

Tuesday, August 20, 8:00-3:00pm, Great Hall of the Trent Semans Center, Register here

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


Write Winning NIH Grant Proposals

Friday, July 26, 2019; 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, so sign up now if you wish to attend. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

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

Where: Duke South Amphitheater

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


3rd Annual URiM Family BBQ


Making the Case - August 2019

Thursday, August 8, 15, 22

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


  • Thursday, August 8, 8:30-10:30, TSCHE, Classroom 3
  • Thursday, August 15, 8:30-10:30, TSCHE, Classroom 3
  • Thursday, August 22, 8:30-11:30, TSCHE, Classroom 4

Who should attend:  School of Medicine faculty who are developing an idea, that requires funding, into a potentially successful “pitch” within the Duke system.

Questions? Contact fiona.johann@duke.edu 

You must be able to attend all three sessions in order to register. Space is limited and will be available on a first-come first-served basis.

Registration is only open to School of Medicine Faculty

Register Here


Duke SoM Academic New Faculty Orientation

Thursday, September 19, 2019

8:00am-3:30 pm - Clinical Science Departments

8:00am-5:00pm - Basic Science Departments

Sessions will include:

  • Introduction to School of Medicine structure and key policies
  • History of Duke Health
  • Interactive discussion of strategies and resources to promote a positive work environment
  • Appointments, Promotion and Tenure presentation and panel discussion for those in clinical departments (1:00pm-3:30pm)
  • Tailored afternoon break out for those in basic science departments including information on Appointments Promotion and Tenure, navigating research resources, and managing a lab (1:00pm-5:00pm)

Where: Great Hall, Trent Semans Center

Who should attend: Faculty that have joined Duke SoM within the last three years and have not attend this event in the past.

Questions? Contact fiona.johann@duke.edu 

Register Here


Getting Promoted in the Clinical Sciences

Thursday, September 19, 2019, 1:00-3:30pm

Interested in learning about the process and requirements for promotion and tenure in the clinical sciences at Duke? Join the Office for Faculty for an afternoon of APT. The sessions below are part of the annual School of Medicine Academic New Faculty Orientation, but all clinical junior faculty – regardless of whether they are new – are welcome to attend. Sessions will include a broad discussion of the APT process and timelines followed by a panel discussion with experienced clinical science faculty. See below for details.

  • The ABCs of APT, September 19, 1:00-2:15pm
  • Clinical Science APT Panel Discussion (Basic science session held separately), September 19, 2:15-3:30pm

The introductory presentation will include an overview of the promotional pathways and the requirements for promotion on each track. Participants will be encouraged to bring questions for the panel. 

Where: Great Hall of the Trent Semans Center

Who should attend: Faculty in Clinical Departments

Questions? Contact fiona.johann@duke.edu

Register here

If you are already signed up for New Faculty Orientation you do not need to sign up for the APT session separately.



Fall School of Medicine Financial Boot Camp

Friday, November 1, 8 and 22, 8:30-10:30am

Financial Boot Camp is a multi-part series designed to help faculty understand core finance issues with a focus on medical school economics.  Sessions will be led by Executive Vice Dean Scott Gibson. Participants will be introduced to core financial concepts such as the present value of money, rate of return, basic funds flow modeling for investment decisions, and evaluating the bottom line of investments. These concepts will be applied to case studies in the medical school environment to look at how research is funded and how administrators evaluate new programs from a financial perspective. Focus will be given to understanding differences between Duke Health entities and how these variances are resolved. 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, November 1, 8:30-10:30am​, TSCHE, Classroom 4
Session 2: Friday, November 8, 8:30-10:30am​, TSCHE, Classroom 4
Session 3: Friday, November 22, 8:30-10:30am​, TSCHE, Classroom 4

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

What does participation entail?  Participation includes attendance at all 3 program meetings. This is a highly interactive program, so faculty should be prepared to engage in discussions of case studies and concepts. There will be an emphasis on small group work and problem solving. Short readings/tutorials may be suggested between meetings.

Questions?  Contact fiona.johann@duke.edu 

Register Here


Writing from the Reader's Perspective

Monday, November 18, 8:00am – 5:00pm, Lecture Hall, Searle Conference Center

This widely acclaimed seminar is based on the concept that in order to improve writing, it is first necessary to understand the process of reading.  The ideas presented in this lecture have changed participants' writing habits permanently, often resulting in improved grant-writing and publication success. Click here for a description of the session and a message from Dr. Gopen

Presented by: George D. Gopen, JD, PhD, Professor Emeritus of the Practice of Rhetoric, Department of English

Who should attend: School of Medicine faculty will be given registration priority. Limited seats will also be available for fellows, postdocs, staff and others. Registration will open for faculty on May 6 and remain open until May 19. Beginning on May 20, remaining seats will be opened up for others who are interested in attending.  

Register here