Partner Programs

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund Physician-Scientist Institutional Award (BWF PSIA)

In September 2018, Duke University School of Medicine received one of five Burroughs Wellcome Fund Physician-Scientist Institutional Awards.  The program, which is led by Rasheed Gbadegesin, MD, MBBS, and a team of School of Medicine faculty, strives to enhance research excellence in laboratory-based science.  The BWF PSIA provides the foundational organization of te OPSD and works across all four of the OPSD service areas, specifically to enhance the pipelines and training experiences of MD-only physician-scientists who are pursuing laboratory-based research.

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 inviestigator.mentor are encouraged to apply. A commitment to an investigative academic carer 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.aplication process, and career development of PSDP scholars, are essential to the program's success.

The Duke SCI-StARR Pathway (R38)

In the summer of 2018, Duke was awarded two R38: Stimulating Access to Research in Residency grants form the National Institutes of Health (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases).  These programs are led by Sallie Permar, MD, PhD (Pediatrics) , Scott Palmer, MD (Medicine), and David Harpole, MD (Surgery) and include a four-year residency with 18-months of research.  Up to six residents will be selected from the Departments of Pediatrics, Surgery and Medicine to participate in this program each years.  Residents who wish to pursue this pathway can apply to the program during their intern year.  Residents in the pathway 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

For information on how to apply to the Duke SCI-StARR R38 program, CLICK HERE

The Robert J. Lefkowitz Society

The Robert J. Lefkowitz Society provides a home for MD and MD/PhD post-graduate trainees in teh Duke University School of Medicine, and who are pursuing careers with a primary focus on basic and translational research as physician-investigators.  Through formal and informal mentoring relationshisp, the Lefkowitz Scoiety provides promising post-graduate trainees wiht a greater understanding of how to develop successful academic careers.

List of Society Members

Physician-Scientist Strong Start Award Program

In 2016, a gift from the Duke Endowment established the School of Medicine's Physician-Scientist Strong Start Award Program.  The vision of the gift was to create a perpetual award program for promising, new physician-scientists at Duke as they develop independent research programs.  The award program is designed to support investigators after their first faculty appointment, and before promotion to the rank of Associate Professor.  Strong Start awards are granted in a competitive application process based on scientific merit and academic potential.

Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute

The Duke Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) is housed in the Clinical and Translational Research Institute and catalyzes the translation of scientific discoveries into health benefits for communities through collaborative research.  It provides key infrastructure, resources, and  learning opportunities for translational researchers at Duke and its partners.  The grant supports research through pilot funding, training and career development, as well as core resources with expertise in research design, regulatory policies, biomedical informatics, data sciences, recruitment, participant interactions,  community engagement, special populations, team science, and workforce development.

Centre for Clinician-Scientist Development at Duke-National University of Singapore Medical School (Duke-NUS)

The Centre for Clinician-Scientist Development (CSSD), under the Office of Research in Duke-NUS, is led by Professor Koh Woon Puay.  It consolidates support and nurtures clinician-scientists, spanning from graduating Duke-NUS students to aspiring clinician-researchers across the SingHealth Duke-NUS Academic Medical Centre.