Pathway Programs

Duke OPSD PRIME Pathway Programs

Preparing Research scholars In bioMEdical sciences (PRIME)

The mission of the OPSD PRIME Programs is to enhance innovation in biomedical science and promote health equity by developing a diverse cohort of successful biomedical research scientists.

Currently, OPSD PRIME offers an 8-week PRIME Summer Academy for medical students and a year-long PRIME Post-baccalaureate Program for scholars interested in pursuing a doctoral-level research career (PhD, MD-PhD or MD-only).

OPSD PRIME Summer Academy targets the medical student career stage, 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
  • Medical school transcript (if enrolled) or letter of acceptance
  • One letter of recommendation.

To submit the application, use the online submission form here.

If you have questions, please email: opsd@dm.duke.edu

IMPORTANT DATES

  • Application open: December 1, 2021
  • Application closed: February 25, 2022
  • Application Reviews: March 3 – 25, 2022
  • Selection Notification: late-April 2022

The OPSD PRIME Post-Baccalaureate Program targets recent college graduates who are interested in pursuing a doctoral-level research career. The program builds 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.

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. 

The one-year positions will be available to begin in Summer 2022. Applications due: March 25, 2022. If you are interested in this opportunity, please complete the survey below. 

For all questions, please contact the Office of Physician-Scientist Development: opsd@dm.duke.edu

If you are interested in applying for this opportunity please complete the following online application: Duke OPSD PRIME Post-Baccalaureate Program, which includes a request for:

  • Applicant’s Curriculum Vitae
  • Undergraduate transcript
  • Medical school transcript (if enrolled) or letter of acceptance
  • One letter of recommendation.

To submit the application, use the online submission form here.

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: late-April 2022