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.

Join the community!

Contact Stephanie Molner to join our distribution list and find out more about what’s coming down the COS pipeline.

REACH Equity-KL2 Application Preparation Program (REKAPP)

Are you considering an application to either CTSA KL2 or the Duke REACH Equity Career Development Award (CDA)?
Then you should also consider REKAPP!

The REACH Equity-KL2 Application Preparation Program (REKAPP) is a grant preparation workshop in which participants meet as small groups for targeted discussions focusing on specific sections of the grant application (similar to the School of Medicine K-club). These meetings will be facilitated by a senior faculty member. Both the CTSA KL2 and Duke REACH Equity career development programs are committed to increasing diversity in the research workforce; therefore, members of under-represented groups are particularly encouraged to take advantage of the REKAPP opportunity. Space is limited. Those individuals accepted are expected to commit to completing all program requirements.

The application deadline for REKAPP is August 26, 2019.

Additional information about REKAPP.


FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: Call for Applications for Fund to Retain Clinical Scientists at Duke

Applications are due August 31, 2019.

The School of Medicine Office for Faculty is now accepting applications for the Fund to Retain Clinical Scientists at Duke. Established by a grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and supported by Dean Mary Klotman, the Fund provides supplements of up to $30,000-$50,000 as funds allow to clinician-scientists with significant caregiving responsibilities. Supplements are for 1 year, with the possible option to apply for a second year. This application cycle is for funding from January 1-December 31, 2020.

Fund supplements are designed to address the critical challenge of working to establish research independence during periods when caregiving needs may be least flexible. Awards can be used in a variety of ways to support the applicant’s scholarly work. Possible uses of funds include:

  • Research personnel
  • Duke Office of Clinical Research (DOCR) services
  • Biostatistical support
  • Access to core facilities (see complete program information for restrictions on use of animal tissues)
  • Other support as proposed by the applicant

Applicants must be junior faculty (medical instructor or assistant professor) with an MD/DO degree and a primary faculty appointment in a School of Medicine department. They must have existing funding for their research, including salary support. All applicants must demonstrate a compelling need for the supplement that is related to being a caregiver.

Applications are online and include 1) an application form, 2) statement of individual need rooted in caregiving responsibilities, 3) research plan, 4) biosketch, 5) proposed budget for the supplement, 6) chair/chief letter of support. 

Please e-mail the Office for Faculty no later than August 7, 2019 to let us know you plan to apply.

Visit the Office of Faculty Development website for complete program information, eligibility criteria, and application instructions.

Please note: the impact of this program will be evaluated as part of an IRB approved research study by investigators at University of Michigan Health System (study #HUM00111446). As part of your application to the Fund, the following information will be collected and shared with the study team 1) demographics and basic job characteristics, 2) objective funding and publication data, and 3) the selection committee’s perception of your academic accomplishments, your academic potential, and your need for this award. You will also be invited to complete a baseline survey about factors that may influence career trajectories. Follow up evaluation activities will include voluntary surveys and/or interviews, as well as passive collection of statistics regarding your promotion and retention outcomes. Unless you choose not to be included, all Fund applicants – regardless of selection status – will be included in the evaluation study.

Questions? Contact the Office for Faculty at or 919-684-4139.


DID YOU KNOW?  In fiscal year 2020, NIH, joined by CDC and AHRQ, will begin requiring individuals supported by training, fellowship, career development, and other research education awards to have an ORCID iD linked to their personal electronic Research Administration (eRA) account (NOT-OD-19-109).  Read here for more information.


Fall 2019 Early Career Grant Writing Program

Accepting application this September

The Path to Independence Program and K Club have merged and are now the Early Career Grant Writing Programs.  The Office for Research Mentoring will begin accepting applications for the Fall 2019 Grant Writing Programs in September.  Program sessions run through early January, with a goal submission to NIH in February 2020. There are several documents you'll need to prepare in advance of submitting an application; be sure to view the application guide below first.  Applicants will be notified of acceptance into the program in mid-September.



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. 

Apply for OPSD Scholar services or mentor consultation.


   We Keep You Informed  

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


Registration deadline for the Fall 2019 Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) course is Monday, August 26, 2019.

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 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  

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


NEW!!! The Mentoring and Communication Series Sponsored by the Office of Postdoctoral Services and The Graduate School

Light breakfast and coffee provided. Space is limited for most classes; please do not register unless you are sure you can attend. 

Communication Styles: Mine, Yours and How to Have an Effective Interaction
Tuesday Sept 3, 9:30-11:00 a.m.
Rm 143 Jones Bldg REGISTER

The Mentoring Relationship: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly
Wednesday Oct 2, 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
MSRB Classroom 01 REGISTER

Mapping your Mentoring Network: Identifying and Developing the Mentorship You Need
Wednesday Oct 16, 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
MSRB Classroom 01 REGISTER

Communicating Honestly (But Tactfully) with Mentors and Mentees
Wednesday Nov 6, 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
MSRB Classroom 01 REGISTER

Moving From Mentee to Mentor
Wednesday Nov 13, 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
MSRB Classroom 01 REGISTER

Do You Know Your Rules? Improving Intercultural Interactions
Wednesday Dec 11, 9:30-11:00 a.m.
MSRB Classroom 01 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.
Cost is $100.
More information

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 

Getting Promoted in the Clinical Sciences
Thursday, September 19, 2019, 1:00-3:30 p.m.
Interested in learning about the process and requirements for promotion and tenure in the clinical sciences at Duke? Join the Office for Faculty for an afternoon of APT. The sessions below are part of the annual School of Medicine Academic New Faculty Orientation, but all clinical junior faculty – regardless of whether they are new – are welcome to attend. Sessions will include a broad discussion of the APT process and timelines followed by a panel discussion with experienced clinical science faculty. See below for details.

  • The ABCs of APT, September 19, 1:00-2:15 p.m.
  • Clinical Science APT Panel Discussion (Basic science session held separately), September 19, 2:15-3:30 p.m.

The introductory presentation will include an overview of the promotional pathways and the requirements for promotion on each track. Participants will be encouraged to bring questions for the panel. 
Where: Great Hall of the Trent Semans Center
Who should attend: Faculty in Clinical Departments
Questions? Contact
If you are already signed up for New Faculty Orientation you do not need to sign up for the APT session separately.

NEW!!! Getting Writing Groups to Work for You
Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
Speaker(s): Jennifer Ahern-Dodson & Nicole Barnes
How can writing groups help you advance your scholarship during the academic year? Faculty who’ve participated in writing groups will share their own motivations, successes, and strategies. Participants will (1) Learn about different types of writing groups; (2) Identify which type of writing group may work best for them; (3) Learn how to join existing groups or start their own. Co-sponsors Faculty Write Program and Franklin Humanities Institute.

Duke School of Medicine Inaugural Research Week
October 14 – October 17
Research Week will be held from Monday, October 14 through Thursday, October 17, 2019 on the sixth floor of the Trent Semans Center for Health Education.
Activities will include presentations from four School of Medicine faculty members, a Duke Office of Scientific Integrity (DOSI) Research Town Hall, the Robert J. Lefkowitz, MD, Distinguished Lecture, Innovation Jam, a Clinical Keynote Lecture, and a poster session featuring the research of residents, trainees and PhD students from clinical and basic science departments

NEW!!! Getting Useful Feedback on Your Work
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 12:00 - 1:15 p.m.
Speaker(s): Jennifer Ahern-Dodson
How can you get useful feedback on your works-in-progress? How can you limit the reader feedback you don’t need? In this workshop, participants will learn a range of strategies for asking for and getting feedback from different types of readers in a range of contexts, including writing groups, mentors and editors, and co-authors. Participants will have the opportunity to practice at least one feedback strategy and are welcome to bring a short piece of writing (1-2 pages) in any stage of development to exchange in a small group. Writing could be scholarly, professional (teaching statement, eg) or fiction. Writing exchange is optional. Co-sponsor Franklin Humanities Institute. Lunch provided by Publishing Humanities Initiative.

Mentor/Mentee Training Day
October 31, 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Trent Seaman Center Great Hall
Intended for research trainees (graduate students, post-docs, research fellows, K awardees) and their mentors. While mentors and mentees are encouraged to attend together, all trainees and faculty engaged in research are welcome. Faculty will be on hand to support mentees whose mentors are unable to attend.
Using case-based discussion and small group exercises from the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN), attendees will build skills in maintaining effective communication, aligning expectations, and promoting professional development.
Attendees receive a certificate for 3 hours of NRMN training required for faculty by NIH T32 and other training programs Completion and review of mentee professional development plans Completion and review of mentoring compacts Responsible conduct of research session credit.

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.


COMING SOON!  Mentor Training Open Session

This day long mentor training workshop is open to all faculty interested in attending and available at no cost.    The course will follow the NRMN curriculum, and satisfy the mentor training requirements for T32 and other training grant programs.

The mentor training workshop will be offered on January 17, 2020.  Registration and additional information will be available in the fall 2019.

If you have any announcements you want to share with others in the Community of Scholars, please contact