Medical Research

FRCS Participating Institutions

The following 10 U.S. medical schools administer DDCF’s Fund to Retain Clinical Scientists (FRCS) program grants. The goal of this program is to retain promising early-career physician scientists in research, though the program may vary across institutions based on their unique cohorts of junior faculty and existing programs that DDCF’s FRCS program also aims to bolster.

Duke University
Program Director: Ann Brown, M.D., M.H.S.

The Fund to Retain Clinical Scientists at Duke University adds to the institution’s robust existing portfolio of faculty development and mentoring programs housed in the School of Medicine Office for Faculty. The Fund complements the school’s Faculty Flex Voucher Program, which supports junior faculty facing work-life balance challenges by connecting them with academic support services to facilitate their engagement in scholarly work. Fund scholars will be competitively selected from a wide pool of clinician investigators, including those with independent NIH funding and those supported by Duke University’s six federally funded institutional career development programs. The School of Medicine will match DDCF’s commitment by funding one additional scholar per year for the duration of the award. Awards will be made to promising clinician-researchers with proven academic success and a clear need for the supplement rooted in caregiving responsibilities. In addition to their financial supplements, Duke Fund scholars will receive mentoring and support via the Office for Faculty and will be eligible for executive coaching services through an internal coaching program.

Additional information regarding Duke University's program can be found here.

Johns Hopkins University
Program Director: Daniel Ford, M.D., M.P.H. and Gail Daumit M.D., M.H.S.

The Fund to Retain Clinical Scientists program at Johns Hopkins University was established to bolster and increase support for the institution’s large cohort of trainees and early faculty members above and beyond the existing aid from the NIH and other private foundations. The specific goals of FRCS at Johns Hopkins include identifying faculty who would benefit most from the short-term university research support through FRCS supplemental funding; building enhanced mentoring resources for junior faculty; measure the short-term and long-term results of the program; and ultimately make an informed decision on if and how the university can expand the program with its own funds in the future.

Medical University of South Carolina
Program Director: Kathleen T. Brady, M.D., Ph.D.

The Fund to Retain Clinical Scientists program at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) will build upon a robust, existing portfolio of mentorship and career development resources aimed at advancing the careers of junior-level physician scientists. Support from DDCF will specifically strengthen MUSC’s Program to Enhance the Retention of Clinicians by offering significant added support to those junior faculty who have indicated greater need for assistance to stretch their resources to balance the demands of work and their personal life.

NYU Langone Medical Center
Program Director: Judith Hochman, M.D., Co-director: Laura Balcer, M.D.

The Fund to Retain Clinical Scientists program at NYU Langone Medical Center (NYULMC) is an “extra hands” program that support our 250+ junior faculty who conduct human subjects research across NYULMC's vast network of subsidiary institutions, including the NYU School of Medicine, four hospitals, emergency care locations, academic departments and Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI). The program seeks to support outstanding junior physician scientists for whom a relatively small investment over a 2-year period promises to substantially minimize the likelihood that they will change their career path owing to the demands of extraprofessional caregiving obligations. A semi-annual selection process identifies the most worthy candidates.

University of California, San Francisco
Program Director: Kristine Yaffe, M.D., Co-director: Christina Mangurian, M.D., M.A.S.

The Fund to Retain Clinical Scientists program at the University of California, San Francisco, also known as The Doris Duke Family Support Award (DDFSA), is housed within the UCSF Clinical & Translational Science Institute. DDFSA will support junior faculty who demonstrate both high scientific merit and ongoing experience of significant transitory caregiving burdens. It complements the university’s long-standing commitment to mentorship and development of junior faculty.

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Program Director: Judy Regensteiner, Ph.D.

The Fund to Retain Clinical Scientists program at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus will help to address the institution’s challenge to support its nearly 800 physicians currently employed as assistant professors. The program’s main goal will be to mentor and support physician scientists who the institution risks losing due to caregiving needs and for whom a small investment could maintain their progress in research, innovation and academic medicine. CU-Anschutz has built a coalition of mentors and sponsors and obtained leveraged support from the Colorado University School of Medicine to maximize the success and sustainability of this exciting, early program. The support of the campus for this important effort has been tremendous and the program is currently funding five outstanding young faculty.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Program Directors: Amelia Drake, M.D., and Susan S. Girdler, Ph.D.

The Fund to Retain Clinical Scientists program at University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill, called “Caregivers at Carolina,” will disburse funds to awardees for technical support or reduced clinical time. As well, it will support a larger cohort of caregivers by providing resources to all eligible applicants including experienced career mentors, program networking events, and it will leverage services of the UNC Translational Clinical Science Institute and the Center for Women’s Health Research to provide access to career development activities and administrative assistance. The program will develop a website with local caregiver resources and evaluate the progress and results of the program annually. The Caregivers at Carolina program will provide funds to two to three physician scientists per year.

Vanderbilt University
Program Director: Katherine Hartmann, M.D., Ph.D.

The Fund to Retain Clinical Scientists program at Vanderbilt University will provide pragmatic “extra hands” assistance and supplemental resources to outstanding early-career physician scientists who are facing substantial caregiving challenges. The Doris Duke award will provide these faculty with scientific concierge assistance, career coaching, a scientific “temp agency” to support awardees’ research labs, and an option to temporarily reduce clinical effort. An additional institutional fund will support practical needs outside of work for a total of $250,000 over five years. Awardees will come from a pool of over 114 early-career faculty whose work has been previously acknowledged to be outstanding through national peer review and funding of their grants.

Washington University in St. Louis
Program Director: Victoria Fraser, M.D.

The Fund to Retain Clinical Scientists program at Washington University School of Medicine is a new resource to support early-career clinical investigators facing non-professional challenges due to childbearing, family or health issues at a critical phase of their careers. The School of Medicine will provide matching funds to bolster the program and work with its Office of Faculty Affairs, Academic Women's Network, Clinical Research Training Center, and the faculty development offices of the departments of medicine and pediatrics to expand training and career development programs for the awardees. The program will also implement a robust evaluation system to measure the short- and long-term impact of the program at the individual, institutional and national level.

Yale University
Program Director: Robert Sherwin, M.D.

The Fund to Retain Clinical Scientists program at Yale University will complement and bolster the institution’s existing Junior Faculty Scholars Program, in which 12 to 14 assistant professors are chosen by a competitive process each year to receive salary and research funds and protected time for their research. FRCS at Yale will be housed with the existing program at the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation (YCCI), which was created specifically to support clinical and translational research and training across the entire medical campus. YCCI will work with the Dean’s Office and leading Yale School of Medicine faculty members to establish, administer and identify the awardees of DDCF support.

Additional information regarding Yale University's program can be found here.