Programs for Residents


Duke offers the following research opportunities through dedicated research fellowship programs or through departmental programs.


Duke R38 Pathway

Duke has  received two R38 awards from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to support a dedicated research track for resident-investigators within the departments of pediatrics, medicine, and surgery. 

Global Health Pathway

The Global Health Pathway delivers tailored postgraduate training for residents and fellows to integrate specialty-specific research opportunities, masters-level didactic training, and close mentorship to develop careers in global health.

Research Training Global Health (GH) Pathway: The Global Health Pathway provides Duke residents and fellows opportunities for intensive global health training. Trainees integrate Master of Science in Global Health (MSc-GH) didactics with mentored research tailored to her/his specialty. 

The Robert J. Lefkowitz Society

The Robert J. Lefkowitz Society provides a home for Duke MD and MD/PhD post-graduate trainees who  are pursuing careers with a primary focus on basic and translational research as physician-investigators


Other research opportunities available to residents and fellows include:

Pediatric Scientist Development Program (PSDP)

The Pediatric Scientist Development Program (PSDP) provides intensive training in research relevant to specialty areas of pediatrics. The goal is to prepare entry-level faculty for research careers in academic pediatrics. Physicians presently in pediatric training programs who wish to train in basic, translational, clinical, or health services research with an established investigator/mentor are encouraged to apply. A commitment to an investigative academic career is essential.

Candidates completing the PSDP are eligible for sub-specialty boards because PSDP training typically takes place after the completion of the clinical fellowship year(s). Support includes salary, fringe benefits, and research training expenses. The active involvement and support of Pediatric Department Chairs in the nomination/application process, and career development of PSDP scholars, are essential to the program’s success.

Research Training By Residency Program



Academic Career Enrichment Scholars Program (ACES): By combining a modified four-year anesthesiology residency with a year of subspecialty fellowship, the ACES Program is designed to offer trainees up to 13 months of dedicated research experience while meeting the American Board of Anesthesiology clinical training requirements for both residency and fellowship certification. 

Internal Medicine

The Duke University Clinician-Investigator Training Track is a certified American Board of Internal Medicine Research Pathway  that provides  trainees with significant research experience to puruse a rigorous 2 years of residency training prior to fellowship entry.


Duke Pediatric Research Scholars Program for Physician-Scientist  Development (DPRS): The  DPRS is dedicated to training Pediatric physician-scientists for careers in academic medicine. DPRS combines the intensive clinical training environment of Duke Children’s with the rigorous scientific training of the world-renowned laboratories at Duke University. 


Psychiatry/Research Track:  The Psychiatry Residency  Research Track offers two Categorical positions for medical students interested in pursuing a research intensive training pathway.  This pathway provides a flexible 5-year course of study with 50% protected time early in training and intensive mentoring  to facilitate the development of outstanding clinician-scientists. 


Duke general surgery residents participate in a two-year basic science research fellowship during the PGY 3 &4 years of their residency training.