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Inaugural Duke R38 residents match to Duke for fellowships

Thursday, January 13, 2022
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Centrally coordinated through the Office of Physician Scientist Development (OPSD) administration, Duke is home to four NIH R38 Stimulating Access to Research in Residency (StARR) grants (the maximum currently available, and more than any other institution). These grants provide research in residency opportunities to trainees in eight clinical departments at Duke. To date, Duke R38 grants have supported 23 resident-investigators.

As the first cohort of R38 resident-investigators in Medicine and Pediatrics have completed their residency training, OSPD recently announced that all six of them matched to Duke for fellowship and will continue their journeys to becoming independent physician-scientists here at Duke.

Please join us in congratulating Meredith Sooy-Mossey, MD (Fellow in Pediatric Cardiology); Anna Williams, MD (Fellow in Pediatric Nephrology); and Derek Zachman, MD, PhD (Fellow in Pediatric Hematology-Oncology); Sonali Bracken, MD, PhD (Fellow in Rheumatology and Immunology); David Elliott, MD, PhD (Fellow in Cardiology); and Jessica Regan, MD (Fellow in Cardiology).

When asked to describe her experience with the R38 program, Williams noted, “I am beyond thankful for the opportunities the R38 program has afforded to me.  During my time in the program, I have thoroughly enjoyed the personalized support and am proud of my growth as a researcher in this environment.  It is an honor to have matched into pediatric nephrology fellowship here at Duke where I will be able to continue my journey as a physician scientist.”

We look forward to continuing to follow these talented individuals on their pathways to successful research careers and to their discoveries that will advance clinical care in critical areas of need.

R38 Resident-Investigators from the Department of Pediatrics

Meredith Sooy-Mossey, MD
Pediatric Cardiology Fellow

Anna Williams, MD
Pediatric Nephrology Fellow

Derek Zachman, MD, PhD
Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Fellow