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Biomedical Research Training Opportunities for Undergraduate, Post-Baccalaureate and Medical Students
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Duke offers the following research opportunities through dedicated research fellowship programs or through departmental programs.
Duke R38 Pathway
Duke offers four Stimulating Access to Research in Residency (StARR) R38 programs. These programs are meant to encourage postdoctoral-level health professionals to pursue careers as physician-scientists and clinician-investigators, fulfilling a critical workforce need. Residents in the program will have a primary research mentor and a scholarship oversight committee that will meet at least twice per year to help residents create an individualized career development plan, including submission for an external individual career development award (NRSA F32 or K38/StARRTs).
Benefits of the program include:
- An opportunity to apply for a technician/research assistant to maintain research productivity during the years of clinical training
- Preferential ranking for Duke University School of Medicine subspecialty fellowship program
- Funds to support conference travel and research needs
- Eligibility to apply for a new NIH early career award (K38 Stimulating Access to Research in Residency Transition Scholar)
- Eligibility to apply for the NIH Loan Repayment Program
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Duke Graduate Medical Education
Duke Health has over 1,000 GME residents and fellows in programs ranging from very small sub-specialty fellowships to large specialty programs. Each person makes Duke Health special—providing opportunities to forge enduring relationships with world-class faculty, resident and fellow colleagues, other members of the health care team, and most importantly, patients and families. Our training programs are regularly ranked among the top programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Learn more
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.