Postdoctoral & Junior Faculty Training Opportunities

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Postdoctoral Training Opportunities

Duke Cancer Institute

Carlos DeCastro III, MD, directs the training of adult medical hematology/oncology fellows. Susan Kreissman, MD, directs the pediatric hematology/oncology fellows. Joseph Salama, MD, directs the radiation residents. Katherine Peters, MD, PhD, directs the neuro-oncology fellows. Paula Lee, MD, MPH, directs the gynecological oncology fellows. 

The DCI is also a major supporter of the Southeast Fellows Research Skills Retreat, an intensive off-site 3 day program attended by all of our oncology fellow trainees and faculty from DDewhirst Classroomuke, UNC, Medical University of South Carolina, East Carolina University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and University of Virginia, providing formalized education on scientific writing, grant writing, design of clinical studies, and career path development.

The OCRCD supports post-doctoral training through a number of highly successful institutional T32 training grants, including the T32 in Viral Oncology directed by DCI member, Bryan Cullen, PhD, a T32 in Surgical Oncology directed by DCI member, H. Kim Lyerly, MD, a T32 in Hematology and Cell Therapy directed by DCI member, Marilyn Telen, MD, and a joint T32 in Cancer Immunotherapy with UNC-Chapel Hill co-directed by DCI member, Nelson Chao, MD, MBA. There are also broader training grants that serve as a foundation for cancer research, including the T32 in Aging directed by DCI member, Harvey Cohen, MD, and the T32 in Genomic Medicine directed by DCI member, Geoffrey Ginsburg, MD, PhD.

Duke University

The Duke K Club, run by Mark Dewhirst, DVM, PhD, is designed to help post-doctoral fellows prepare NIH Career Development Awards (K Series). This program consists of structured reviews and feedback on grant applications by experienced faculty, including a specific aims workshop, significance/innovation workshop, a Career Development Plan Workshop, an Effective Communication Workshop and an internal review of draft applications. Chris Kontos, MD, Scott Kollins, PhD, and Greg Samsa, PhD, serve as mentors in the program.

The CTSA funded TL1 Program provides 2 years of training in translational research and a rigorous academic training in the quantitative and methodological principles of clinical research required to excel in today's dynamic clinical research environment. The Program leads to a Master of Health Sciences in Clinical Research awarded by the Duke School of Medicine. Participants take courses in statistical analysis, clinical research, research management and responsible conduct of research.

The Robert J. Lefkowitz Society, directed by Gerard Blobe, MD, PhD provides mentoring and research support for physician-scientists in the residency and fellowship programs at the Duke University School of Medicine who are pursuing careers with a primary focus on basic and translational research. The Lefkowitz Society provides mentoring, networking and funding for travel to scientific conferences, including the annual ASCI meeting in Chicago. Exceptional residents and fellows are provided resources to carry out research projects during their clinical training.  

Junior Faculty Training/Mentoring Opportunities

Duke Cancer Institute

The DCI directly supports research by the junior faculty in the DCI through pilot project funding, with two RFAs/year, and six to eight projects funded per year with $50,000 per year. The DCI helped pilot the Protected Career Launch Program. Two give three examples, this program is supporting the development of Rebecca Previs, MD, a gynecological oncologist who works in the laboratory of Donald McDonnell, PhD, as she investigates the tumor microenvironment of ovarian cancer; as well as the professional development of medical oncologist Sarah Sammons, MD, and surgical oncologist Michael Lidsky, both of whom are training in the laboratory of Kris Wood, PhD, on the mechanisms of resistance to cancer therapy.

Duke University

The Duke Endowment funds the competitive Duke Physician-Scientist Strong Start Awards Program for new laboratory-based physician-scientists as they develop independent research programs. Recent DCI members funded include Phuong Doan, MD, Katherine Garman, MD, Amanda MacLeod, MD, and Yvonne Mowery, MD, PhD. The Duke Health-funded Duke Health Scholars and Fellows Program supports the research efforts of early career clinician-scientists to expand their research in new directions and expert mentoring tailored to their interests/career aspirations. Recent DCI members funded include Sandeep Dave, MD; Peter Fecci, MD, PhD; Brent Hanks, MD, PhD; and Dorothy Sipkins, PhD.

The Duke University School of Medicine LEADER Program is an interactive three day learning program designed to equip junior faculty researchers with the knowledge and professional competencies to effectively lead dynamic scientific research enterprises, including discovering and developing leadership skills, promoting collaboration, fostering innovation and teamwork, managing conflict. The course includes two personal inventory assessments, which provide an opportunity to receive constructive feedback.

The Duke Path to Independence Program, run by DCI member, Mark Dewhirst, DVM, PhD, is designed to help junior faculty prepare their first NIH R01s. This program consists of structured reviews and feedback on grant applications by experienced faculty, including a specific aims workshop, significance/innovation workshop, an Effective Communication Workshop and an internal review of draft applications.

The Academic Leadership, Innovation, and Collaborative Engagement (ALICE) Program provides in-depth opportunities for leadership skill development, personal reflection and goal setting, peer-mentoring, and structured 360 feedback in a year-long program that focuses on personal leadership skills designed to help individuals more deftly navigate leadership in academic medicine. Recent DCI participants include Annick Desjardins, MD, Shannon McCall, MD, and Hope Uronis, MD.

The Duke Office for Research Mentoring, directed by Mark Dewhirst, DVM, PhD, in collaboration with the Duke CTSA and the National Research Mentoring Network has developed a Mentor Training Curriculum that is open to faculty investigators at all experience levels focusing on six key mentorship competencies: effective communication, aligning expectations, assessing understanding, addressing equity and inclusion, fostering independence and promoting professional development.