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. This 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 the 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 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.

The Duke SCI-StARR Pathway

In the summer of 2018, Duke was awarded two R38: Stimulating Access to Research in Residency grants from 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, Medicine and Surgery to participate in this program each year. Residents who wish to pursue this pathway can apply to the program during their intern year. Residents in this 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 programs
  • 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

The Robert J. Lefkowitz Society

The Robert J. Lefkowitz Society provides a home for MD and MD/PhD post-graduate trainees in the 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 relationships, the Lefkowitz Society provides promising post-graduate trainees with a greater understanding of how to develop successful academic careers.

Members of the the Robert J. Lefkowitz Society, which provides a home for MD and MD/PhD post-graduate trainees who are in the Duke University School of Medicine.

Membership List as of September 2019


Physician-Scientist Strong Start Awards Program

In 2016, a gift from the Duke Endowment established the School of Medicine’s Physician-Scientist Strong Start Awards Program. The vision of this gift was to create a perpetual awards program for promising, new physician-scientists at Duke as they develop independent research programs. The awards 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 (CCSD), 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.