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URM Summer Research Fellowship in Radiation Oncology

Duke's department of Radiation Oncology is currently recruiting 1 medical student from an underrepresented in medicine (URiM) background to conduct research in a Radiation Oncology laboratory this summer.  The position will offer an in-depth summer research experience with the selected student working in a research lab led of one of the department’s faculty and will provide an opportunity to shadow in the Radiation Oncology clinic (if allowed by COVID restrictions).  In addition to gaining valuable clinical exposure, the successful candidate will benefit from didactic curriculum, discussion sessions and collaborations with other medical students from various departments.

Details, deadlines & application

Duke’s Department of Radiation Oncology is nationally recognized for its excellence and is committed to preparing trainees for future investigative careers.  Students will train in an environment with state-of-the art facilities, receive structured training in research methodology and career development, and participate in clinical activities related to their area of research.  The ideal candidate will demonstrate excellence in previous academic endeavors, commit to full-time (40 hours/week) research for a minimum of 8 weeks (12 weeks maximum) and be a United States citizen or permanent resident. Prior research experience is helpful, but not necessary. The position provides a $6,000 stipend as well as financial support to attend a national meeting to be approved by the department.

If you are interested in applying for this opportunity please complete the following online application: Duke Radiation Oncology Medical Student Research Application (Summer 2021), which includes a request for applicant’s Curriculum Vitae, Undergraduate transcript, Medical school transcript (if enrolled) or letter of acceptance.


  • Application open: April 12, 2021
  • Application closed: April 30, 2021
  • Application Reviews: May 1-5, 2021
  • Selection Notification: May 10, 2021
  • Program dates: June 2021 through Aug 2021

Meet the OPSD Leadership Team!

Please join OPSD in welcoming our new faculty leadership team! The team is enthusiastic about working across departments and programs to advance the OPSD mission: Empowering physician-scientists to launch successful research careers.

Rasheed Gbadegesin, M.D., has been named Associate Dean for Physician-Scientist Development and Faculty Director of the Office of Physician-Scientist Development (OPSD) in the Duke University School of Medicine. Dr. Gbadegesin has served as the inaugural Faculty Director of OPSD since 2018. 

David G. Kirsch, MD, PhD will serve as Associate Faculty Director.  Dr. Kirsch is Barbara Levine University Distinguished Professor, Professor of Radiation Oncology and Professor of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology.  In addition, Dr,.Kirsch also serves as the leader of Duke's four R38 programs.

Gow Arepally, MD will continue to serve as Director of the Physician-Scientist Strong Start Program.  Dr. Arepally is a Professor of Medicine and Vice Chief of Research in the Division of Hematology.

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