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June 2020               Newsletter               Vol 1 Issue 6
Empowering physician-scientists to launch successful research careers

"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek" -Barack Obama

To our Duke Physician-Scientist Community:

The Duke Office of Physician-Scientist Development (OPSD) stands for diversity, equity, and inclusion. We vehemently oppose racism and prejudice in all its forms and stand in solidarity with our African-American trainees, faculty, and colleagues as we honor the memory of George Floyd and countless other victims of police brutality. We strive to actively educate ourselves on systemic and structural racism and to identify actions we can take to combat any implicit bias, discrimination, or racism in the training environment. 

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential as we work toward realizing the OPSD vision, "Transforming the Future of Medicine with a New Generation of Physician-Scientists". We are committed to empowering our students, trainees, and faculty—especially during these extraordinarily difficult times.

As part of our continued efforts in this area, in collaboration with the School of Medicine Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Advancement, and Leadership in the Sciences (IDEALS) Office, we have established a Diversity in STEM Coalition comprised of institutions across the Southeast including several Historically Black Colleges and Universities. This coalition is working to develop equitable and sustainable partnerships to support a diverse new generation of biomedical research leaders and to ensure that today’s mentors are appropriately trained in cultural awareness.

Please reach out to us at to share how we can better promote diversity, equity, and inclusion as a physician-scientist community.

For mental health and wellness resources please contact us or click here.

We see you, we hear you, and we stand with you. 


Sallie Permar, MD, PhD
Associate Dean for Physician-Scientist Development

Rasheed Gbadegesin, MD, MBBS
Faculty Director of the Office of Physician-Scientist Development


Latest NIH and Internal funding opportunities...


Duke School of Medicine Anti-Racism Resources: here.

OPSD Scholars: Working from home but still working for you
Are you a resident, fellow, or junior faculty member in need of career development guidance?

We are still hosting Master Mentor meetings via zoom. Get virtually connected

Share Your Perspective: 
Make your voice heard by filling out the American Physician Scientists Association Survey on the impact of COVID19: here.
Duke Corona Virus Research-Related Updates: here.

3 Free Regenstrief Institute of Indiana University Courses: 
Quality improvement, Public Health IT, and Terminology in Health Care and Public Health Settings.

Once per week June 15 - August 28.

Contact Amanda McMillan for more information.

More Resources Listed:  here.


to R38 and OPSD Scholar, Dr. Muath Bishawi, for successfully defending his PhD this past month!

Worthwhile Reads:
Read Associate Dean, Physician-Scientist Development, Dr. Sallie Permar's take in USA Today on COVID-19's impact on children's neglected health, social, and educational needs during the pandemic: here

Read Dean Mary Klotman's most recent address to the SOM Community: here.

In Case You Missed It:
Watch last month's Research Careers Ahead! Virtual Town Hall: "The Physician-Scientist Career in the COVID-19 Era" here.

Do you have a worthwhile read or notable award to share? Send it in: here.


Research Careers Ahead!:

"Navigating Research Funding in the COVID-19 Era"
Dr. Geeta Swamy, Associate Vice President for Research, Duke,
Vice Dean for Scientific Integrity, SOM

Register: here

Faculty-Focused Workshops on Strategies for Uncertain Times:

Sponsored by: The SOM Office for Faculty/Executive Coaching Program and Residency Professional Development Coaching Program

Managing Uncertainty (one session, two date options)

Register: Wednesday, June 10, 1:30-2:30pm here.

RegisterWednesday, June 17, 2:00-3:00pm

Managing Expectations

Register: Wednesday, July 15, 2:00-3:00pm           

Working with Teams in Uncertainty: 2-Part Workshop

Register: Thursday, August 13, 2:00-3:00pm, and Thursday, August 20, 9:30-10:30am

Questions? Email

Tell us about your research.
"I was recently awarded the American Kidney Fund Clinical Scientist in Nephrology Fellowship this year, which will fund my research. The aim of my research is to understand how renal hyperfiltration can impact pregnancy outcomes and long-term kidney function in pregnant women with lupus. This will help us identify women who are at greatest risk for adverse outcomes."

Why is your science important?
"Science is not only about making new discoveries, but using knowledge to improve the lives of our patients. This should be the impetus for all of our research."

What is the greatest advice you have received as a Physician-Scientist?
"Find mentors that will challenge and encourage you. Strong mentorship is vital to success!"

If you would like research career mentoring from outside of your department sign up here.

If you have what it takes to be a great master mentor email us here.
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