Clinician-Investigator Training Track

Duke provides an outstanding environment for exceptionally high-quality clinical and research training with more than 30 state-of-the-art shared research facilities that are available for use by all Duke investigators. Duke researchers in both basic science and clinical departments are engaged in a wide range of basic science and clinical research in a variety of different disciplines.

Our collaborative research environment offers scientists at all levels work to address scientific problems of fundamental importance.

To foster the success of its investigators, Duke offers a variety of core facility services, seminar series, and professional development programs.

About the ABIM Research Pathway

The Duke University Clinician-Investigator Training Track, which is a certified American Board of Internal Medicine Research Pathway, facilitates novel biomedical discoveries and promotes translation of this knowledge to therapeutics and patient care.

Duke is strongly committed to the career development of physician-scientists devoted to improving and revolutionizing modern therapeutics. The training track emphasizes rigorous clinical training to prepare its participants for fellowship entry after two years of residency training.

The Duke track is ideal for individuals interested in diverse and innovative research opportunities along with high quality clinical training. Our current and previous trainees have significant research experience with the majority holding combined M.D. and Ph.D. degrees though individuals with research fellowship such as a Howard Hughes or Sarnoff fellowship during medical school have also been successful. Most residents elect to stay at Duke for fellowship though this is not required.

There is not a separate National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) Number for the Research Pathway. Individuals interested in the ABIM Research Pathway should indicate their interest in the research track on their ERAS application. We will contact you with further information. We host a two-day interview process for potential research pathway candidates during the interview season. There, interested applicants have the opportunity to meet with potential research mentors, as well as current and former physician-scientist trainees, on the first day and experience a traditional residency program interview day on the second day.

The Robert J. Lefkowitz Society

The Robert J. Lefkowitz Society provides a home for MD and MD/PhD post-graduate trainees who are in the Duke University Department of Medicine Internal Medicine Residency and Fellowship programs and are pursuing careers with a primary focus on basic and translational research as physician-investigators. Through formal and informal mentoring relationships, the Lefkowitz Society provides promising post-graduate trainees with a greater understanding of how to develop successful academic careers. The Society helps members grow opportunities to develop successful research projects, and helps them find appropriate research mentors and investigative teams as early as possible in order to enhance their future research success and productivity. Members will benefit from direct interactions with senior physician-investigators at Duke through a series of dinner programs and other activities. Learn more.