Melissa Makar

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Where is your Hometown?

Bradenton Beach, FL

Where did you do your training?

Stanford University

Medical School
Vanderbilt University

University of Louisville

Chief Resident
University of Louisville

Honors, awards and distinctions

  • Chief Resident, University of Louisville 2015-2016
  • Participant of the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory Origins of Renal Physiology 2016 Course, Salisbury Cove, Maine

What were you looking for in a fellowship program?

I was looking for a program that offered exposure to wide range of patients with kidney disease including patients undergoing peritoneal dialysis and home hemodialysis

Excellent teaching faculty

Ample opportunity and support to pursue clinical research

Which Scholar pathway did you choose and why?

I have chosen to focus on clinical research during my fellowship to ultimately become a better clinician as well as researcher. I believe being able to critically appraise the literature is essential to delivering the best care possible. As such, I am receiving formal training through Duke's Clinical Research Training Program (CRTP) and am working towards my Master of Health Sciences in Clinical Research. To broaden my exposure to research techniques and collaborators, I have taken advantage of the unique Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI) by participating as a research fellow. I am currently on the T32 training grant from the Division of Nephrology and work on projects involving chronic kidney disease/end-stage renal disease, atrial fibrillation, and sudden cardiac death. I am also interested in quality improvement and patient safety. As a result, I plan to stay in academic medicine to merge a career in patient care, clinical research, and systems improvement.

What are the strengths of the Duke program?

The people! From faculty to staff to researchers to patients.

Duke Clinical Research Institute – a wealth of resources and support plus a great environment to call home.

The steadfast commitment to education and well-being from the program and division leadership. For example, Drs. Lehrich and Sparks are always available to meet at a minute’s notice to answer questions, address concerns, and provide support. Dr. Wolf meets with fellows once weekly not only to check-in but also discuss cases. He is a fantastic educator.

What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and fellows?

Collegial: No question is out of bounds.

Jovial: The stories on rounds…makes me smile.

Loyal: We work as a team and support one another to get the job done.

What have you liked about living in Durham/RTP?

The trees (the area is incredibly beautiful) and outdoor opportunities (plenty of places to kayak, hike, and bike); Durham Bulls; easy commute to work; tons of restaurants

What advice would you give about moving to Durham?

Come prepared to work hard, learn a lot, and have fun. Duke is an incredible program. Perhaps most importantly, there are plenty of people here to help you find your way and to support you in accomplishing what you want.

Scholar Pathway

Clinical Investigator Pathway
Mentor - Patrick Pun, MD, MHS
Mentor - Laura Svetkey, MD

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