Duke Initiative to Develop Physician-Scientists

The number of physician-scientists - physicians who pursue biomedical research – has been steadily decreasing. In 2014 the NIH created a Physician-Scientist Workforce Working Group to address this growing problem.

To facilitate training new physician-scientists at Duke, the School of Medicine has designed new training awards, appointed a faculty member to a national leadership role, and developed a new office within the school.

Duke was one of five recipients of The Burroughs Wellcome Fund Physician-Scientist Institutional Award, which provides $2.5 million ($500,000 over five years) to address training gaps and this high rate of attrition in the physician-scientist pipeline. DMPI faculty member Rasheed Gbadegesin, MD, MBBS, a professor of pediatrics and medicine, will serve as principal investigator (PI) on the project.

Read more about Duke’s initiatives for this project.