Pathway Programs

Duke OPSD PRIME Pathway Programs

Preparing Research scholars In bioMEdical sciences (PRIME)

The mission of OPSD PRIME initiatives is to enhance innovation in biomedical science and promote health equity by developing a diverse cohort of successful biomedical research scientists. Initially, OPSD PRIME will target the undergraduate, post-baccalaureate and medical student career stages, building on the successes of other Duke diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, incorporating evidence-based approaches to enhance interest and opportunity in research careers among students interested in science and medicine.

All OPSD PRIME Scholars will enjoy networking opportunities and a professional development series, OPSD PRIME Summer Academy, which provides a well-rounded review of the research enterprise and myriad opportunities in biomedical research.

Contact Gow Arepally, MD, PRIME Faculty Director: gowthami.arepally@duke.edu or opsd@dm.duke.edu for more information.

Duke OPSD Preparing Research scholars In bioMEdical sciences (PRIME) Post-Baccalaureate Program

Duke’s Office of Physician Scientist Development (OPSD) is currently recruiting two post-baccalaureate research scholars interested in pursuing doctoral training and a career as a laboratory-based scientist or physician-scientist.  Through funding from The Burroughs Wellcome Fund and from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, OPSD is seeking to support two scholars preparing for successful entry into a rigorous doctoral research degree program or into medical school with intent to pursue a research-oriented physician-scientist career.

The one-year positions will be available to begin in Summer 2022.

Duke post-baccalaureate scholars will gain quantitative skills, participate in professional and career development activities, and develop a network of peers and near-peers participating in similar programs across the institution, while gaining valuable experience in a research setting and insights into graduate and medical school settings.  Students will train in an environment with state-of-the art facilities and receive structured training in research methodology and career development.  The ideal candidate will demonstrate excellence in previous academic endeavors, commit to full-time (40 hours/week) for 12 months and have earned a Bachelor’s degree prior to the program start date and within the last 36 months.

Prior research experience is not required for candidates committed to exploring opportunities for in-depth exposure to research-related training career options.  Candidates from underrepresented backgrounds (underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, disadvantaged backgrounds, and people with disabilities) are especially encouraged to apply.

If you are interested in applying for this opportunity please complete the online application which includes a request for applicant’s Curriculum Vitae and two reference letters. If you have questions, please email: opsd@dm.duke.edu

IMPORTANT DATES

  • Application open: October 1, 2021

  • Application closed: March 25, 2022

  • Application Reviews: March 25 – April 1, 2022

  • Selection Notification: April 22, 2022

Program dates: Flexible dates for one-year appointment, starting as early as Summer 2022

Duke OPSD Preparing Research scholars In bioMEdical sciences (PRIME) Summer Academy Program for Undergraduate Students & Medical Students

Duke’s OPSD PRIME Academy is an enrichment program that exposes participants to research and to career paths for physician-scientists. The mission of the OPSD PRIME Academy program is to enhance innovation in biomedical science and promote health equity by developing a diverse cohort of successful biomedical research scientists.

OPSD PRIME Summer Academy targets the undergraduate, post-baccalaureate and medical student career stages, building on the successes of other Duke diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, incorporating evidence-based approaches to enhance interest and opportunity in research careers among students interested in science and medicine.

The Summer Academy consists of an 8-week didactic/networking curriculum and mentored research training in the lab of a participating Duke faculty member.  Selected students will work in a faculty member's research lab, gain clinical exposure (if allowed by COVID, age, and any other applicable restrictions) and benefit from the planned curriculum, discussion sessions and collaborations with other student participants.

If you are interested in applying for this opportunity please complete the following online application: Duke OPSD PRIME Summer Academy, which includes a request for applicant’s Curriculum Vitae, Undergraduate transcript, and one letter of recommendation. For medical students, the application will include a Medical school transcript (if enrolled) or letter of acceptance.
If you have questions, please email: opsd@dm.duke.edu

IMPORTANT DATES

Application open: December 1, 2021
Application closed: March 25, 2022
Application Reviews: March 25 – April 1, 2022
Selection Notification: April 22, 2022

Program dates: Flexible dates for one-year appointment, starting as early as Summer 2022

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