The four DSMM tracks are based on strengths at the Duke School of Medicine and are central pillars of the National Institutes of Health, representing the major areas of human morbidity and mortality.
Each track has 4-10 scholars who will participate over a 9-month period in clinical rounds, journal clubs about clinical trials, clinical conferences, and special interactive sessions with guest faculty.
The time commitment for each of the tracks is approximately 8-10 hours total per month, broken down as follows:
- Approximately 4 hours of a Clinical Experience
- Two-three hours of Clinical Conferences or Journal Clubs
- One hour with a Guest Faculty Member for a Discussion about Bench-to-Bedside Science, Career Development and Translational Sciences
Plus, additional periodic experiences will include:
- Specialty clinical experiences 2-4 times per year, each for approximately 1-1.5 hours. These may include clinical laboratories, clinical diagnostic centers, and diagnostic laboratories. The specific experiences are customized to each track.
- Thinking Translationally presentations for 2-3 sessions per year, one each academic term. The sessions will each last approximately 1.5 hours.
- Travel to a national, academic medicine conference for approximately 3 days. The meetings are specific to each track.
The program provides a high impact experience with a modest time commitment to dramatically enhance each trainee's laboratory experiences without detracting from their primary research mission. Therefore, the program does not provide additional financial support, except for support going to one of the national meetings recommended for each track.