Advising and mentoring is a daily part of fellows' interactions with Duke faculty. Fellows receive daily guidance by program faculty through bedside rounds, patient conferences and didactic sessions. Mentorship and research opportunities stimulate our trainees to pursue careers in academic pulmonary and critical-care medicine, and provide them with the necessary experience to be qualified for the very best positions in our field.
Mentored research is required in our fellowship training program. Much of the basic research being pursued in the pulmonary division laboratories involves lung injury and repair, genetics and environmental lung disease.
Each fellow works with faculty members to create a mentorship committee, which will facilitate career development through the fellow's entire training experience. This committee consists of a research mentor and two to three individuals with related scientific and/or clinical interests at Duke University.
This committee meets regularly to review progress, discuss plans, formally establish expectations, and help guide career development. After each meeting, the trainee should write a summary of the meeting and present this to the Mentorship Committee members, the division chief and the training program director.