The Duke Scholars in Molecular Medicine Program is a 9 month program (September to May) in which PhD candidates and postdoctoral associates who are studying basic sciences gain hands on experience in clinical areas related to their field of research.
Each participant will be in one of five tracks:
- The Duke Scholars in Infectious Diseases (DSID)
- The Duke Scholars in Cardiovascular Medicine (DSCM)
- The Duke Scholars in Neurosciences (DSNS)
- The Duke Scholars in Endocrinology and Metabolism (DSEM)
- The Duke Scholars in Oncology and Regenerative Medicine (DSOR)
In each track, the participants will have a range of experiences including clinical exposure in clinics and the hospital, a case conference series, a clinical trial-oriented journal club, and a special seminar series in which the groups will interact with accomplished translational scientists who have gone bedside to bench to bedside. Through these experiences, trainees gain a first hand view of clinical problems that can be addressed through basic and translational research.
The intent of the program is to enhance the training experience of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows without detracting from their major endeavors in the laboratory. The program commitments are time focused but rich in experience. This program also builds important translational bridges between the basic science laboratories and clinical programs.