Mitchell to serve Duke Internal Medicine Residency Program as Assistant Program Director for Resident Research and Scholarship

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Nia S. Mitchell, MD, MPH, assistant professor of medicine (General Internal Medicine) will serve as the Assistant Program Director for Resident Research and Scholarship in the Duke Internal Medicine Residency Program effective Nov. 1, 2020, announced Aimee Zaas, MD, MHS, residency program director.

In this role, Dr. Mitchell will help define and lead the scholarship mission for the residency training program, serve as a mentor and facilitate resident connections with potential mentors, administer the resident research grant programs, organize and host the residency’s annual Resident Research Celebration, and more.

She also will serve as an integral part of the residency program’s leadership team, assisting with recruitment, resident advising, and collaborating with the residency program leadership to enhance the clinical and educational environment of the program.

Mitchell brings a wealth of experience to the role. Her research focuses on weight loss interventions for underserved populations, and she has a strong history of grant-funded academic research, including an R01 from the National Institute on Aging and an external pilot grant through Vanderbilt Diabetes and Research Training Center and the North Carolina Diabetes Research Center. Mitchell has been invited to present her research at numerous outside institutions, and she is active in the Society of General Internal Medicine and The Obesity Society.

Mitchell serves as co-director for the General Internal Medicine Fellowship here at Duke and is an experienced mentor, working with students, residents, and fellows. She recently joined the Duke Residency Professional Development Coaching Program.

“We are very excited to have Dr. Mitchell join our team. As an R01 funded investigator, she has incredible know-how for helping residents find mentors as they start their academic careers. In addition, as a trained resident coach, she brings outstanding perspective and skills as an educator to our team,” said Dr. Zaas.

Mitchell succeeds Murat Arcasoy, MD, in this role. Dr. Arcasoy served as Associate Program Director for Resident Research and Curriculum for more than a decade.

“Murat truly understands what it takes to make patients and trainees feel important, valued and cared for, and we are grateful for his example and service,” said Zaas.

Mitchell earned her MD from Washington University in St. Louis, completed both Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency and Primary Care Research Fellowship at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and Anschutz Medical Campus. During her fellowship, she earned an MPH from Colorado School of Public Health.

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