This year, KL2 scholar Michael P. Cary, Jr., PhD, RN, was promoted to Associate Professor at the Duke School of Nursing and received the school’s prestigious Early Investigator Award.
The Early Investigator Award is presented to outstanding early career researchers who have made significant contributions to the field of nursing and healthcare. In Michael’s research, he leverages large Medicare datasets and advanced analytics to identify older adults with hip fracture and subgroups at highest risk for adverse outcomes following hospital discharge. He has received NIH and internal funding to support his research and training since joining the School of Nursing, and he was encouraged to apply by his mentors, including his KL2 mentor, Dr. Cathleen Colon-Emeric.
“I am very excited to have been recognized for this award,” Michael said. “There are so many great junior and mid-level researchers at the School of Nursing, and I’m glad I could make a strong case for my candidacy.”
Along with the award, Michael was recently promoted to Associate Professor, a goal he’s been working toward since arriving at Duke in 2012. As he continues to further his program of research and build on his academic career plan, he would ultimately like to achieve tenure at Duke. Michael gives a lot of credit to what he has achieved already to the support of his KL2 mentors and the career development activities he’s received from the Duke CTSA KL2 program.
Since joining the KL2 program two years ago, Michael and his mentor, Dr. Colon-Emeric, have established regular meetings, a process for reviewing his progress, and strategies for managing research teams and the inevitable challenges that arise.
“Dr. Colon-Emeric draws the best from me by always upholding the highest standards of research excellence, professionalism, and integrity,” Michael said.
The KL2 program has also provided Michael with statistical support and data science resources he would not have access to otherwise. These resources have been critical in supporting his research, forging new collaborations, and strengthening existing ones.
“The KL2 program has made all of the difference in the world for me,” Michael said. “My mentors work collaboratively with KL2 program leaders and have helped me create a timeline to achieve program and career milestones. Everyone has been overwhelmingly supportive and provided me with additional access to mentoring and resources at a higher level.”
As Michael continues to learn and grow his professional and scholarly network at Duke, he knows he will see the benefits from the KL2 program well into his professional career. Michael strongly encourages anyone who is thinking about Duke’s KL2 program to apply.
“From structured mentoring to statistical support to protected time for research, it’s hard to list all of the benefits of the KL2,” Michael said. “It’s been so exciting to learn from my fellow scholars and begin to branch outside of the School of Nursing. I feel so fortunate to be a part of this program.”