Welcome to the Office of Physician-Scientist Development (OPSD)

Duke University School of Medicine is committed to fostering a community of successful physician-scientist scholars and mentors.

OPSD is delighted to serve as a central resource for Duke physician-scientists, students and trainees to leverage research and career support programs across the institution. All 16 clinical departments within the Duke School of Medicine have joined us in our mission. From education and professional development to career mentorship and funding opportunities, we are excited to be national leaders in physician-scientist development. 

OPSD Goals:

  • Develop a sustainable pipeline for physician-scientists in the School of Medicine
  • Coordinate physician-scientist development and community across the School of Medicine
  • Provide infrastructure and resources for physician-scientists in the School of Medicine
  • Increase the number of MDs and MD/PhDs who pursue, succeed, and are retained in basic, clinical, and translational research

Consider all that Duke has to offer—and join our physician-scientist community!

What We Do

We recruit and prepare talented individuals, from medical students through junior faculty, to develop successful careers as physician-scientists.

Basic Science Research Track for Master of Health Sciences Degree

Research Careers Ahead Professional Development Series

Basic Science Student Interest Group

Student and Post-Baccalaureate Research Programs

We develop and implement robust physician-scientist training programs across the institution.

Research in Residency training pathways, including 4 NIH R38 programs accessible to 50% of Duke clinical departments

Integrated research training programs during medical school, residency, and fellowship

Merit-based technician support awards to enable continuity of research during clinical training

We offer a range of funding opportunities to support medical students, trainees, and junior faculty conducting research.

Burroughs Wellcome Fund Medical Student Scholarships for Research Years

Poindexter Medical Student Scholarships for Research Years

Burroughs Wellcome Fund Scholarships for the Master of Health Sciences Degree, Basic Science Research Track

OPSD Technician Support Awards

Physician-Scientist Junior Faculty Strong Start Awards

We build community among physician-scientists and trainees at all levels.

Networking and social events

Annual physician-scientist symposium

Address: Medical Sciences Research Building III, Suite 1240, 3 Genome Court Durham, North Carolina 27710

Email: opsd@dm.duke.edu

URL: medschool.duke.edu/opsd

Twitter: @DukeOPSD

Linkedin: linkedin.com/company/opsd/