Community of Scholars


Duke’s Community of Scholars (CoS) seeks to connect trainees, share educational resources, and increase program efficiencies to enhance the career development of diverse scholars across Duke, enabling them to become successful researchers, mentors and leaders.

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Duke's Office of Physician-Scientist Development is happy to announce the launch of OPSD Scholars!  The OPSD Scholars program is for residents, fellows, and junior faculty physician-scientists who have indicated a desire for additional career mentorship in addition to their clinical and research mentorship.  As OPSD Scholars, you have the opportunity to gain mentorship from a Master Mentor in your desired area of research who will provide a wealth of knowledge to support your early investigative career.  OPSD also offers mentor consultation services for Medical Students.  To apply for OPSD Scholar services or mentor consultation, CLICK HERE.

Registration is now open for the Fall 2019 Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) course

Every recipient of an NIH-funded training grant is required to take RCR training. Duke offers a free course that fulfills the NIH requirement for RCR education for trainees. If you have recently applied for or received a K or T grant , then this course is for you.

This 5-week course is held in the fall each year and the upcoming course will take place Tuesdays, September 17-October 15 from 8:00-9:45AM. The course is open to recipients of NIH training grants and fulfills the NIH requirement for RCR education for trainees.  Course materials and refreshments will be provided. Sessions begin with a 30-45 minute lecture in the Learning Hall (Rm. 2050) in the Trent Semans Center for Health Education. The lecture will be followed by small group case discussions.

Attendance at all sessions is required for credit.   Sessions include:  

  1. Ethical issues and underlying challenges in research
  2. Authorship, peer review, and publication
  3. Bias and other subjective influences in science
  4. Intellectual property and conflicts of interest
  5. Principles, codes, and practices to promote ethics and integrity  

To register, please email the Trent Center at  Registration deadline is Monday, August 26, 2019.  

NOTE:  This course does NOT fulfill the faculty and staff RCR training requirement. For information on those courses please visit the website 

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If you have problems gaining access to any of these events, please let us know so that we can address this with the organizer

BIRCWH Leadership Series Webinar -“Team Science”
Thursday, June 20 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. ET
Dr. Michelle Bennett will be presenting.  The webinar will be moderated by Dr. Priyathama Vellanki, a second year BIRCWH scholar, Endocrinologist and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Emory University.
Dr. Michelle Bennett directs the Center for Research Strategy, a science-based office that since 2015 collaboratively develops recommendations for addressing scientific opportunities, monitors the direction and application of the NCI’s scientific knowledge and resources, and identifies research funding gaps. Prior to taking on this role, she served as the deputy scientific director of the Division of Intramural Research at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and before that was deputy director at NCI’s Center for Cancer Research. Dr. Bennett earned her Ph.D. in oncology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison studying genetic susceptibility to cancer and, as a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, performed some of the earliest work on BRCA1 and BRCA2 including the characterization and localization of BRCA1 to the long arm of Chromosome 17.
Dr. Bennett has extensive practical experience in promoting collaboration and team-based approaches by bringing together research scientists with diverse backgrounds and expertise to solve complex scientific problems. She has supported efforts to increase diversity in the biomedical workforce, played a leadership role in launching and building the NIH Stadtman Tenure Track Investigator program, and developed a trans-NIH web presence for the NIH Intramural program. Dr. Bennett is the recipient of many awards, including NIH and Institute Director’s Awards, the NCI Women’s Scientist Advisors Achievement Award, and the NCI Exceptional Mentor Award.
REGISTER  **After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
You can also view previous leadership presentations at the Emory BIRCWH website.

Transforming Obesity Research at Duke Symposium
June 21, 2019 - 7:30 a.m.

Join fellow Duke researchers, June 21, and foster collaborations intended to have the highest impact on future obesity-related research and patient care.
More information and to register

Enhancing your Visibility as a Scientist
Research Careers Ahead! Seminar Series
Wednesday, June 26
, 4:00-5:00 p.m. 2001 Duke North Hospital
Presented by Dr. Matthew Sparks, MD Assistant Professor of Medicine

Symptom Science Center:  A Resource for Precision Health
Thursday, June 27
8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
NIH Campus – Masur Auditorium, Bethesda, MD
NINR’s Division of Intramural Research will host a scientific symposium to mark the launch of the NINR-led Symptom Science Center, a trans-NIH resource for the scientific community. The event will be held on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland.  The event will feature a keynote address from NIH Deputy Director for Intramural Research, Dr. Michael Gottesman; as well as an introduction to the Symptom Science Center; and scientific panels on cancer-related symptoms, patient-reported outcomes and symptom science at the NIH Clinical Center, and symptom clusters in concussions. There will also be a poster session to highlight the innovative research conducted by NIH intramural researchers and trainees.
The event will be broadcast live and archived at
The event is free but registration is required.  Register.

NEW!!!  How to Respond Effectively to Incidents of Harassment
Wednesday, July 24, 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Great Hall of the Trent Semans Center OR
Tuesday, August 20, 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Great Hall of the Trent Semans Center
This interactive session will empower you to:

  • Learn how to effectively respond to reports of harassment, callous behavior or insensitive remarks
  • Explore ways to have a restorative conversation with parties who have engaged in behaviors that have caused harm to others
  • Model bystander interventions in your areas to create a culture where harassment and bias incidents are less likely to occur or re-occur
  • Understand institutional resources to address harassment including the Office for Diversity and Inclusion, the Office for Institutional Equity, and others

About the Speaker: These sessions will be led by Ada Gregory, a known leader in equity, diversity and violence prevention.  Ada brings hands-on experience designing and implementing training programs to address violence, harassment and other forms of equity concerns.  Ada is the Associate Director for Duke University’s Kenan Institute for Ethics.  She is the Student Ombudsperson for Duke University, and in this capacity, she serves as a confidential, neutral resource for undergraduate, graduate and professional students to informally address any problem or concern.  Ada will be joined by institutional leaders from across the School of Medicine and the University.
Who should attend: All those affiliated with the SOM are encouraged to participate.
Registration: Registration for these sessions is required.  These two sessions are the same, please only register for one.
Wednesday, July 24, 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Great Hall of the Trent Semans Center, Register
Tuesday, August 20, 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Great Hall of the Trent Semans Center, Register
Questions? Contact School of Medicine Office for Faculty,

Write Winning NIH Grant Proposals
Friday, July 26, 2019
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Duke South Amphitheater
Register NOW!
Registration is now open to all School of Medicine faculty for Write Winning NIH Grant Proposals, the full-day grant writing seminar presented by John D. Robertson, PhD, Managing Member of Grant Writers’ Seminars and Workshops LLC. This widely-acclaimed session provides step-by-step instructions for how to craft a winning NIH grant proposal and is appropriate for all SOM faculty who are actively writing grants. Click here for a complete session description. Space is limited and seats are expected to fill up quickly, so sign up now if you wish to attend. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Seats will be held open for faculty through April 14, at which point limited seating will become available for staff, fellows, postdocs, and other non-faculty.
If you have questions or need any additional information, please contact Fiona Johann at (919) 613-5209 or

3rd Annual URiM Family Barbeque
August 3, 5:00-8:00

Treyburn Country Club
Underrepresented in Medicine, Fellows, Residents, Medical Students and their families are invited to attend
More information and RSVP.

End of Summer Writing Retreat
August 7-8, 2019  9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

King’s Daughters Inn in Durham, NC.
Want one last writing burst before fall semester begins? Would you like to reconnect with colleagues and write alongside faculty from a range of disciplines? Each day of this writing retreat includes time to write independently in a comfortable, relaxed space and optional workshops on productive writing habits. Close out your summer by making progress on a writing project and participating in a writing community. Lunch is included. Space is limited. Facilitator: Jennifer Ahern-Dodson

Making the Case – August 2019
Thursday August 8, 15, 22

Making the Case is a hands-on, interactive program to learn the skills needed to transform an idea into a proposal. Over the course of three sessions you will develop or refine a business plan for your own idea, get feedback on stakeholders to engage and questions to ask, and practice pitching your proposal to a panel of mock judges. No actual funds will be awarded as part of this program. In order to participate you must come to the first session with a program or project idea that you would like to develop. This should be an idea that you want to move forward and that requires a budgetary component. Past examples include things like starting a new program, implementing a clinical redesign effort, launching a new division or center, or proposing a new system-wide workflow redesign. Sessions will include guidance on how to use and manipulate data using excel.
Registration is only open to School of Medicine Faculty.
More information and register.

Women’s Leadership Conference
Revive and Thrive:  The Leadership Journey for Women in Medicine
Friday, September 13, 2019
Sponsored by the Wake Forest School of Medicine Office of Faculty Affairs
This second annual conference is inspired by our first female Dean of Wake Forest School of Medicine, who also serves as CEO of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Dr. Julie Freischlag. Join her and others as we explore the pursuit of well-being and positivity through your leadership journey. 
Open to N.C. and surrounding state academic medicine faculty and administration.
Early registration begins June 1. Cost is $75 before July 15 and $100 after.
More information

New!!! Duke SoM Academic New Faculty Orientation
Thursday, September 19, 2019
8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. - Clinical Science Departments
8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. - Basic Science Departments

Sessions will include:

  • Introduction to School of Medicine structure and key policies
  • History of Duke Health
  • Interactive discussion of strategies and resources to promote a positive work environment
  • Appointments, Promotion and Tenure presentation and panel discussion for those in clinical departments (1:00-3:30 p.m.)
  • Tailored afternoon break out for those in basic science departments including information on Appointments Promotion and Tenure, navigating research resources, and managing a lab (1:00-5:00 p.m.)

Where: Great Hall, Trent Semans Center
Who should attend: Faculty that have joined Duke SoM within the last three years and have not attend this event in the past.
Questions? Contact 

Writing from the Reader's Perspective
Monday, November 18, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Lecture Hall, Searle Conference Center 

This widely acclaimed seminar is based on the concept that in order to improve writing, it is first necessary to understand the process of reading.  The ideas presented in this lecture have changed participants' writing habits permanently, often resulting in improved grant-writing and publication success.
More information and register.

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