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.

Mentor/Mentee Training Day

When and Where: October 31, 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Trent Seaman Center Great Hall

Who: 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.

Purpose and Format: 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: 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.

Funding opportunity: Duke REACH Equity Center Mentored Career Development is now accepting applications

The Duke Center for REsearch to AdvanCe Healthcare Equity (REACH Equity) is seeking applications for an internal mentored research career development award (CDA) for junior investigators proposing research related to the Center’s theme of addressing racial and ethnic disparities in health by developing and testing interventions that improve the quality of patient-centered care in the clinical encounter.

  • Individuals considering applying for a REACH Equity CDA are strongly encouraged to submit a Letter of Intent, due on September 30. The form is available on the CDA website.
  • Download, complete and send the Letter of Intent by Monday, September 30 to
  • Potential applicants are also strongly encouraged to participate in the joint Reach Equity and KL2 Program Application Preparation Program (REKAPP). This program will assist investigators with preparing their applications. Starting in September, REKAPP 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 and K program alumni. Space in this program is limited, and those accepted are expected to commit to completing all program requirements. Information about the REKAPP program is available on the CTSI website. Note: the REKAPP application deadline is August 19.
  • For more information, go to the REACH Equity Career Development Award website.

Applications are due 5:00 p.m., December 16, 2019. Funding begins July 2020.

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

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. Applications are due August 31, 2019.

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.

Funding opportunity for Duke junior faculty, fellows, and postdocs

Open Scholar Position on the KURe: Multidisciplinary K12 Urologic Research Career Development Program (KURe-K12). The KURe is open to all types of disciplines, clinicians and non-clinicians with doctoral degrees. We strongly encourage applications from members of groups underrepresented in the biomedical sciences.

Applications Due: September 13, 2019

Letter of Intent (Required) Due: August 12, 2019

The KURe is seeking qualified clinical, translational, and basic science researchers from diverse disciplines who are interested in building an independent research career using collaborative, multidisciplinary approaches to benign urological research questions. MDs, DOs, PhDs and MD/PhDs (junior faculty, fellows, and postdocs) from any department and interested in research applicable to benign urology may apply to the KURe program. KURe Scholars will receive mentoring and salary support up to $100,000 per year for 75% of full professional effort (50% - 75% if a surgical specialty). Research and Career Development Support up to $40,000 per year will be provided for research supplies, equipment and technical personnel, tuition and fees related to didactic courses or career development, and travel to research meetings. Scholars are expected to publish and apply for independent grant funding by year 3. Maximum support is for 5 years. The target date to appoint a new KURe Scholar is November 2019. For additional information see or contact or

Funding opportunity:  Duke CTSA Research Career Development Award Program (Duke CTSA KL2) is now accepting applications

The Duke CTSA KL2 provides skilled and personalized mentoring, a coordinated and tailored scientific and career development curriculum, and the opportunity to conduct clinical or translational (bench to bedside) research.  The KL2 program is particularly committed to increasing diversity of the research workforce.  Therefore, we have set a goal that at least 50% of KL2 scholars will be from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups (UREGs).  Members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

Up to three Scholars will be awarded 75% total protected effort for 3 years, up to $20,000/year for research expenses, and up to $2,500/year for travel to professional meetings.  Benefits are contingent upon available funding.  Funding will start July, 2020.  Applications are due November 25, 2019. 

Individuals considering applying to the Duke CTSA KL2 are strongly encouraged to submit a Letter of Intent by November 1, 2019 via MyResearchProposal.

If applying to the Duke CTSA KL2, please consider the REACH Equity and KL2 Application Preparation Program (REKAPP).  REKAPP is a 6-8 week program in which participants will work with a faculty member and a small peer group on specific parts of the KL2 application.  Space is limited.

For more information about the CTSA KL2 and how to apply to the KL2:

For more information about REKAPP:


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.

Duke School of Medicine Inaugural Research Week

October 14 – October 17

The inaugural Duke University School of Medicine 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 for the week 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

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 

   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

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.

How to Respond Effectively to Incidents of Harassment
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.  
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,

NEW!!! The Mentoring and Communication Series Sponsored by the Office of Postdoctoral Services and The Graduate School
1. Communication Styles: Mine, Yours and How to Have an Effective Interaction
WHEN: Tues Sept 3, 9:30-11:00 a.m. (light breakfast and coffee provided) WHERE: Rm 143 Jones Bldg REGISTER

2. The Mentoring Relationship: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly
WHEN: Weds Oct 2, 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. (light breakfast and coffee provided) WHERE: MSRB Classroom 01 WHO: Class size is limited to 25 participants to facilitate small group discussion. Because space is limited, please do not register unless you are sure you can attend. REGISTER

3. Mapping your Mentoring Network: Identifying and Developing the Mentorship You Need
WHEN: Weds Oct 16, 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. (light breakfast and coffee provided) WHERE: MSRB Classroom 01 WHO: Class size is limited to 25 participants to facilitate small group discussion. Because space is limited, please do not register unless you are sure you can attend. REGISTER

4. Communicating Honestly (But Tactfully) with Mentors and Mentees
WHEN: Weds Nov 6, 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. (light breakfast and coffee provided) WHERE: MSRB Classroom 01 WHO: Class size is limited to 25 participants to facilitate small group discussion. Because space is limited, please do not register unless you are sure you can attend. REGISTER

5. Moving From Mentee to Mentor WHEN: Weds Nov 13, 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. (light breakfast and coffee provided) WHERE: MSRB Classroom 01 WHO: Class size is limited to 25 participants to facilitate small group discussion. Because space is limited, please do not register unless you are sure you can attend. REGISTER

6. Do You Know Your Rules? Improving Intercultural Interactions
WHEN: Weds Dec 11, 9:30-11:00 a.m. WHERE: MSRB Classroom 01 WHO: Class size is limited to 25 participants to facilitate small group discussion. Because space is limited, please do not register unless you are sure you can attend. 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

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.

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.

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.

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