DIscovering Career Options in Translational Science (DICOTS) Network

The DIscovering Career Options in Translational Science (DICOTS) Network supports graduate medical students in exploring career options outside the traditional academic track.

Among graduate students, there is an unmet need for career development and networking opportunities, particularly in fields outside of the traditional academic science tracks. Because traditional academic jobs are available for only about 20% of graduates, we must improve awareness and opportunities in other related careers, such as those found in industry and regulatory affairs.

The DICOTS Network pairs graduate students with advisors in their fields of interest, who supply career advice, interdisciplinary networking opportunities, and referrals to educational programs, internship opportunities, or other more specific training avenues.

The DICOTS program hosts its first session in October and maintains contact with participants through May of the following year. We host monthly seminars and workshops. Topics include career development sessions on interviewing and networking, along with seminars on specific areas of work: regulatory, medical writing, and project management, to name a few. The process of matching participants with mentors starts in November. Finding the best match can be challenging; we work with each participant to achieve a good result.  

Participants will determine the time commitment based on an exchange with the mentor/advisor; most pairs plan for a few one-hour meetings per month, depending on advisor availability and student interest.     

DICOTS is accepting applications for the next group of participants between August 1st and September 14, 2018.

To apply, please send your CV along with a letter explaining your desire to participate in the program; please indicate your career goals, and identify your field of interest.

To apply or to volunteer as an advisor, please contact

A key objective of Duke’s Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) is to foster career development at all career stages and expand resources to PhD students. This award is administered by Duke CTSI, and the DICOTS Network is part of CTSI’s efforts to reach this objective.

This program is sponsored, in part, by the Duke Clinical and Translational Science Award, NIH Award number UL1TR001117.