- 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
The OPSD Scholars program is for residents, fellows, and junior faculty physician-scientists who have indicated a desire for additional career mentorship in addition to their clinical and research mentorship. As part of the OPSD Scholars Concierge Mentorship program, you have the opportunity to gain mentorship from a Master Mentor in your desired area of research who will provide a wealth of knowledge to support your early investigative career. OPSD also offers mentor consultation services for Medical Students.
The Research Careers Ahead! Professional Development Series aims to inspire students, trainees and junior faculty to embrace a research career. Each session will equip participants with knowledge and skills needed to develop a robust research program as well as provide an opportunity for professional networking with other scientists. Sessions occur the 4th Wednesday of each month at 4pm, unless otherwise noted. Complete this survey to affect future programming topics.
Developing the Physician-Scientist Mentor-Mentee Relationship
Cathleen Colon-Emeric, MD,
Professor of Medicine
Chief, Division of Geriatrics in the Department of Medicine
4pm, November 10, 2021
Zoom URL, Passcode 973411
To view prior seminars, please see the links below:
This is the Way: Public Policy & Advocacy at Duke Health - Catherine Liao (October 27, 2021)
Emotional Support and Wellbeing Group Peer Support - McLean Pollock, PhD (August 25, 2021)
The purpose of this session is to provide a safe space for scholars to air experiences and receive support, validation, and empathy during these times of ongoing stress and uncertainty.
Mechanics of Writing a Compelling Grant: What Reviewers Want to See and How to Give it to Them- Dr. Michael Dee Gunn, MD (June 23, 2021)
Grant reviewers have clear expectations about what they expect to see in a grant application. In this session, Dr. Gunn discusses what should be included in an application, how to structure it, how best to write it, and best practices concerning the grant development process.
Grant Writing: Preparing Your First K or R - Michelle Mack, PhD (May 26, 2021)
In this session, Dr. Michelle Mack provides a brief overview of strategies and tips for the writing and submission of an early career grant, with a focus on the NIH K and R grant mechanisms.
NIH Career Development (K) Awards: Getting Your Research Career Off the Ground - Brandon Hall, PhD (April 28, 2021)
Academic researchers who receive Career Development (K) Awards have been shown not only to obtain independent funding at a higher rate than their peers, but also to maintain independent funding at a higher rate throughout their careers. In this presentation, Dr. Hall shares insights learned through working with faculty for developing a successfully funded K Award proposal. View links and resources discussed in this session here.
Effort Management on Sponsored Projects - Deborah Martin (March 24, 2021)
This session provides an overview of effort management on sponsored projects while examining budgeting, tracking, changing and reporting of effort on grants and contracts.
NIH Support for Early Career Development - Dr. P. Kay Lund and Dr. Shoshana Kahana, NIH Division of Biomedical Research Workforce (February 24, 2021)
Drs. Kay Lund and Shoshana Kahan provide an update on existing or new programs to support Physician-Scientists, strategies to write effective grant applications, update on Early Stage Investigator (ESI) policies and policies regarding ESI extensions, and on initiated flexibilities during the current COVID epidemic. View links and resources discussed in this session here.
The Diversity Problem in Science - Gow Arepally, MD, PhD (January 27, 2021)
A diverse biomedical research workforce is essential for innovation, improving health and enriching science itself. This talk will delineate the scop of under-representation in the biomedical research workforce, what efforts are being undertaken at the local and national levels to improve diversity and what one can do at an individual level to promote inclusivity in the research workplace.
Keys to Success as a Physician-Scientist - R. Sanders Williams, MD (November 18, 2020)
Every day in the life of a physician-scientist presents a surfeit of choices, and therein lies both the blessing and the curse of this challenging but noble calling. The cumulative effect of good decisions over time brings success and satisfaction, whereas poor choices add up to frustration. This talk will suggest a few straightforward principles that all physician-scientists can apply for better decision making, and illustrate these by specific examples.
Finding Funding, Onboarding and Research Navigator Services - Sunita Patil, PhD (October 28, 2020)
In this interactive session, Dr. Sunita Patil provides information about the resources and services available to research community, navigation and onboarding services, as well as connect attendees to relevant resources available in the MRH portal. View links and resources covered in this session here.
Grant Writing as Your Vision of a Future - Irina Mokrova, PhD (September 23, 2020)
The goal of a well-written grant is to convince the reviewers that you can deliver a better future. To do it effectively, you need to know who your audience is, how they judge a grant, and what can make them excited about your vision of that future. Thus, in addition to an innovative idea, your grant needs to convey an attractive story, targeted to a particular audience. During this talk, we will discuss how do grants get funded, how to tailor your writing to your audience, and examine the "Cs" of effective grant writing (creating text that is clear, compelling, consistent, and concise) as well as discuss writing as a skill that needs practice, and tips that can help you become a better writer. View links and resources covered in this session here.
How to Budget and Manage Grant Finances - Deborah Martin (August 26, 2020)
In this session, Deborah Martin, Senior Grants Manager, provides an overview of the administrative aspect of grant submission and post-award management. Topics include the role of the grant administrator and central offices, managing submission deliverables and deadlines, budget preparation, navigating both Duke and sponsor requirements, and critical components of managing an award. View links and resources covered in this session here.
Best Practices in Research Project and Proposal Development - Dr. Michael Gunn (July 22, 2020)
In the first of our Fall 2020 Grant Writing Series, Dr. Gunn presents a strategy and workflow that will enhance your ability to develop research projects and will markedly improve the quality of your grant applications. Common mistakes will be discussed, along with the best way to avoid them. View links and resources covered in this session here.
Navigating NIH Policies and Guidelines During COVID19 - Dr. Geeta Swamy and Laurianne Torres (June 24, 2020)
This session examines the impact of COVID19 on the grant proposal submission and acceptance process, and review the current guidance from NIH and other sponsors on early stage investigator status, submission timelines, carryforward and no-cost extensions as well as existing guidelines per the NIH grant policy statement. The audience will be oriented on the research administration infrastructure and required processes at Duke. View links and resources covered in this session here.
In this town hall discusion, panelists Dr. Ann J. Brown, Vice Dean for Faculty and Professor of Medicine, Dr. Andrew Alspaugh, Vice Chair, Academic Affairs and Professor of Medicine, and Catherine Liao, Associate Vice President, Duke Health Government Relations provide brief updates on COVID-19 response and recovery plans from a physician-scientist career perspective as well as address questions related to your unique career support needs during this unprecedented time. View links and resources covered in this session here.
Sharing Your Science Effectively - Karl Bates and Dr. Jory Weintraub (April 22, 2020)
Join us as we help you create a clear, smooth, and compelling introduction that reaches people where THEY are.
Tracking Scholarship + Compliance: ORCID, SciENcv, and the NIH Public Access Policy - Karen Barton and Sarah Cantrell (March 25, 2020)
In this session, we will provide a big picture overview of the ways you can track your scholarship, build biosketches and meaningful personal statements, and ensure compliance with funding agencies.
Running a Successful Lab - Sally Kornbluth, Provost and Jo Rae Wright Univeristy Professor (February 26, 2020)
Join us as Provost Sally Kornbluth discusses all of the elements for success in scientific research—how to hire and manage people, how to select areas of focus, how to budget (time and money!) and how to navigate scientific publishing and meetings.
Effective Team Leadership in the Research Environment - Dr. Mitch Heflin (January 29, 2020)
Join us as Dr. Mitchell Heflin reviews the key elements of effective team building, with an emphasis on working across professions and disciplines
Strategies for Navigating the Academic Job Market - Dr. Lola Fayanju and Dr. Andrew Landstom (November 20, 2019)
Join us as Drs. Landstrom and Fayanju focus on practical tips and advice on the transition from the end of training to a faculty position from a first-hand perspective.
Creating a Curriculum Vitae - Dr. Katie Garman (October 23, 2019)
Learn how to tailor a CV to a specific project, and when to use a CV versus resume
Maximizing the Mentor/Mentee Relationship - Dr. Richard Liddle, Dr. Diego Bohorquez and Kelly Buchanan (September 25, 2019)
See how three generations of mentors and mentees present the ingredients for getting the best out of a mentoring relationship
In Pursuit of Hypothesis-Driven Research - Dr. Gerry Blobe (August 28, 2019)
In this seminar, Dr. Blobe covers how the hypothesis fits into the scientific method, how to transition from an idea to a hypothesis, how to structure a hypothesis-driven question, writing and developing a hypothesis, and experimental design to address a hypothesis.
Enhancing Your Visibility as a Scientist - Dr. Matthew Sparks (June 26, 2019)
Making the Most of the Mentoring Relationship - Dr. Cathleen Colon-Emeric (May 22, 2019)
Anatomy of a Scientific Paper - Dr. Andrew Alspaugh (March 27, 2019)
The Translating Duke Health Initiative (TDH) is a multi-disciplinary, multi-year commitment to harness the expertise and knowledge found at Duke to address society’s most significant scientific and healthcare challenges and fulfill the vision of making discoveries and transforming health for millions. Each of the five pillars has annual RFPs, and the Neurosciences and Children’s Health and Discovery Initiative both currently have open calls for applications. For more details about TDH, visit www.translatingdukehealth.org.
The Duke Strong Start Program is designed to support the careers of young, laboratory-based physician-scientists at Duke through substantive mentoring and financial resources.
This goal of this program is to nurture the careers of junior faculty who are laboratory-based physician-scientists at Duke. By offering substantive mentoring and financial resources, this award will support junior, physician-scientist faculty during a critical period of their career, the transition to research independence.
This award program is lead by the Office of Physician Scientist Development (OPSD) and intentionally designed to integrate with other Duke initiatives that train physician-scientists at even earlier points in their career, such as the Medical Scientist Training Program (MD-PhD students), Departmental Physician-Scientist Training Programs, and the Lefkowitz Society (clinical residents and fellows). In this way, the “Strong Start” Award Program will ensure that Duke University School of Medicine remains a leader in the training of outstanding physician-scientists, a group uniquely committed to the advancement of the medical sciences in our own community and in the nation.
Biomedical Research Training Opportunities for Undergraduate, Post-Baccalaureate and Medical Students
This is a 2-year training program to provide 2 years of funded time to support the research training of physician-scientists. Allphysician trainees are eligible, but candidates interested in broadening their previous training to include a new category of research methodology (e.g., applicants with a bench science background looking to gain training in translational or clinical research, or vice versa) are encouraged to apply. Applicants interested in data science methodology are particularly encouraged to apply.
Duke Graduate Medical Education
Duke Health has over 1,000 GME residents and fellows in programs ranging from very small sub-specialty fellowships to large specialty programs. Each person makes Duke Health special—providing opportunities to forge enduring relationships with world-class faculty, resident and fellow colleagues, other members of the health care team, and most importantly, patients and families. Our training programs are regularly ranked among the top programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Learn more
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.
Global Health Pathway
The Global Health Pathway delivers tailored postgraduate training for residents and fellows to integrate specialty-specific research opportunities, masters-level didactic training, and close mentorship to develop careers in global health.
Research Training Global Health (GH) Pathway: The Global Health Pathway provides Duke residents and fellows opportunities for intensive global health training. Trainees integrate Master of Science in Global Health (MSc-GH) didactics with mentored research tailored to her/his specialty.
Pediatric Scientist Development Program (PSDP)
Other Valuable Resources
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