Dean Mary E. Klotman established the Office of Physician Scientist Development (OPSD), to oversee the BWF-funded Duke Integrated MD-Scientist Development Program and to more broadly streamline coordination and oversight of physician scientist development within the School of Medicine.
The early successes and broad reach of OPSD initiatives demonstrate the value of centralizing programs and leveraging resources to break down barriers to successful physician scientist careers. We know that physician scientists bring unique and critically important perspectives to their science. The decline in the pool of physicians pursuing research puts future advances in biomedical research at risk. By investing in an integrated comprehensive program for mentoring, scientific training and support, we expect to both increase the number of trainees who enter the physician scientist pipeline and reduce the loss of trainees from this path at critical career stages. Learn more about our services and programs.