Ann M. Reed, MD, chair of the Department of Pediatrics and physician-in-chief of Duke Children’s, recently announced that Matthew Kelly, MD, MPH, has been named the new associate program director of the Duke Pediatric Research Scholars Program for Physician-Scientist Development (DPRS). Associate Program Director Rasheed Gbadegesin, MD, MBBS, will be assuming the role of program director in September. Sallie Permar, MD, PhD, who is the current program director, will step down in September, but will continue to work with the DPRS in an advisory capacity.
In its first year, the DPRS has worked with eight residents and nine fellows in the Department of Pediatrics to identify and develop their research interests, form mentoring relationships, and develop fellowship and grant applications and scholarly publications. Additionally, the DPRS has held 11 monthly didactic seminars that cover professional development and critical research skills and began sponsoring scholar-led journal clubs. Since August 2017, DPRS scholars have submitted 12 manuscripts for publication, had 19 abstracts accepted at local and national meetings, and been awarded 6 grants and fellowships.
In order to support recruitment of physician-scientist trainees, the DPRS held three Research Scholar Interview Days during this year’s resident recruitment. Two incoming interns who took part in these interview days will join the DPRS in July. The DPRS is in the process of reviewing applications from incoming interns, rising PGY2’s, and incoming fellows. The new class of DPRS scholars will be announced this summer.