Duke Pediatric Research Scholars Program for Physician-Scientist Development
The Duke Pediatric Research Scholars Program for Physician-Scientist Development (DPRS) is dedicated to training young physician-scientists and preparing them for successful careers in academic medicine. The program focuses on the period from the completion of the MD, MD/PhD, or DO/PhD degree through residency and fellowship training, with the goal of achieving a full-time academic appointment as an investigator. The DPRS combines the intensive clinical training environment of Duke Children’s with the rigorous scientific training of the world-renowned laboratories at Duke University.
The mission of the Duke Pediatric Research Scholars Program for Physician-Scientist Development is to identify and train the next generation of pediatric physician-scientists as leaders in the development and implementation of innovative strategies to improve the health of children.
Eligible applicants include graduates with a combined MD/PhD, DO/PhD degree, or an MD degree and an established record of clinical or basic research experience. DPRS trainees must fulfill all eligibility requirements for our categorical Pediatrics Residency or combined Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program. The most competitive candidates will have a strong commitment to a research career in academic medicine (including fellowship training following residency) and an outstanding academic record.
The Duke Department of Pediatrics is proud of its rich community of physician-scientists, and the Duke Pediatric Residency and Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Programs are fully supportive of research-enhanced training. The Duke Pediatric Research Scholars Program for Physician-Scientist Development is tailored to meet the unique professional goals and interests of physician-scientist trainees by providing three distinct research pathways to select from, including the Traditional Pathway and the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP)-approved Accelerated Research Pathway (ARP) and Integrated Research Pathway (IRP).
Details about the various pathways may be found in the following table:
|Pediatric Training Pathways|
|Traditional Pathway||Accelerated Research Pathway (ARP)||Integrated Research Pathway (IRP)|
|Purpose||Maximize clinical training||Additional time for research without extending total training time||Additional time for research with extending total training time|
|Total Time||3 to 6 years||6 years||4 to 6 years|
3 years - General Pediatrics
2 years - General Pediatrics
|24 months of General Pediatrics with 12 months of protected research time interspersed throughout 3 years; followed by at least 12 more months of fellowship or residency clinical training|
|Continuity Clinic||3 years
One half day per week
One half day per week
One half day per week
|Location||General and subspecialty training may be at different institutions||Considered "advantageous" to occur at the same institution but not required||General and subspecialty may be at different institutions|
|Eligibility||N/A||At the discretion of the program director; candidates must be committed to an academic career with a strong research interest in a pediatric subspecialty; no screening exam required||Open to those with MD/PhD or equivalent experience; at the discretion of the Program Director|
|When Declare||Subspecialty application/match time varies||Preferably prior to start of PL-1 year but no later than 9 months into PL-1 year||Preferably prior to start of PL-1 year but no later than 9 months into PL-1 year|
|ABP Certifying Exam||After 3 years of General Pediatrics training||After 2 years of General Pediatrics and 1 year of Subspecialty training (after 3/4 years)||Exam after 4 years of training|
In addition, research scholars will participate in:
- Monthly didactic research career development series
- Fellows core curriculum research topics
- Monthly journal club
- Annual research retreat
The program offers two residency positions per program year (three, if there are additional strong candidates) and three to five fellowship positions per year.
Participants in the Duke Pediatric Research Scholars Program for Physician-Scientist Development benefit from the following:
- Preference for admission to the Duke subspecialty fellowship program of the applicant’s choice, contingent upon performance in the intern year.
- Option for a shortened or accelerated residency training pathway (i.e., the Accelerated Research or Integrated Research Pathways, approved by the American Board of Pediatrics).
- A commitment of support for at least two years of research as a fellow. Assignment to a career advisor and mentor during residency to facilitate decisions about fellowship training and longer term career options.
- Group mentoring sessions with other research scholars led by senior investigators in the Department of Pediatrics.
- A monthly Fellows Research and Career Development lecture series.
All DPRS applicants should use ERAS to apply to the standard categorical Pediatrics Residency Program at Duke. Duke Pediatric and Medicine-Pediatrics Residency applicants with a strong research background will be selected and invited for a separate interview day which will include an opportunity to meet with potential research mentors. All Pediatric Resident and Medicine-Pediatrics Resident applicants invited for the Duke Pediatric Research Scholar interview day who match at Duke are automatically enrolled into the program.
For questions or additional detailed information about this program, please contact:
Sallie Permar, MD, PhD
Director, Duke Pediatric Research Scholars Program
Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Infectious Diseases)
2 Genome Court, MSRBII
Durham, NC 27710
Rasheed Gbadegesin, MBBS, MD
Associate Director, Duke Pediatric Research Scholars Program
Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Nephrology)
Carmichael Building, RM 51-104
300 North Duke Street
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: 919.684.4246 or 919.681.5543