Medical Research

Clinical Research Mentorship


The Clinical Research Mentorship program provided previously funded Doris Duke investigators the opportunity to foster the next generation of clinical researchers by mentoring a medical student for one year. Scientific mentoring is a personal, one-on-one relationship between a more experienced scientist and a scientist-in-the-making. The Clinical Research Mentorship program supported the establishment of a relationship between a medical student and a talented and successful DDCF-funded clinical investigator and role model. Students participated in a research project that had already met the high standards of peer review, while DDCF investigators were  given the opportunity to teach and train the next generation of researchers. 

Current Status

After much deliberation and discussion about the strategic use of the foundation’s resources, the foundation has decided to suspend two programs for medical students: the Doris Duke Clinical International Research Fellowships and Clinical Research Mentorships. No new grants will be issued starting in 2019. The foundation will continue to support the 2018-2019 fellows.

Periodically, the Medical Research Program takes stock of its programs to better understand whether or not they are addressing unmet needs and aligning with our mission, which is to advance the prevention, treatment and cure of human disease. Throughout this process, the foundation seeks input from the field and through ongoing dialogue with its Scientific Advisory Council. A major goal of the Medical Research Program is to support the development of physician scientists. At this time, with our limited resources, the foundation is planning to develop programs for other stages along the physician-scientist career track where support is needed. As the foundation develops these new programs, we will update the website and issue requests for proposals. We suggest that interested parties check back for further information.

The foundation thanks all those who have participated and wishes them the very best in their careers. We particularly commend the dedicated medical students, mentors, and program directors who have made the year-out research experiences a valuable part of medical education.

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