Fellowship ProgramThe Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI) has a longstanding commitment to train fellows and junior faculty in order to develop the next generation of clinical researchers. This commitment has evolved into the creation of the DCRI Research Fellowship Training Program.
The DCRI Research Fellowship Training Program has doubled in size since 2004 and includes more than 30 postdoctoral fellows and medical students each year. Postdoctoral fellows typically complete two years of training. The philosophy of the training program is that the most successful investigators will be able to combine superior knowledge in their field of clinical specialty with quantitative principles in an interactive, teamwork-oriented environment.
The DCRI’s 2017–2018 training program includes 30+ fellows from four countries (Canada, Japan, South Korea, Bulgaria and the United States) in multiple therapeutic disciplines, including cardiology, pediatrics, infectious diseases, surgery, nephrology, health services research, anesthesiology, orthopedics and pulmonology.
A critical component of the training program is the interaction between the clinician researchers and statisticians. Faculty biostatisticians work closely with fellows in many different capacities.
Current DCRI Fellowship Program Research Highlights
During their fellowship at the DCRI, fellows are encouraged to work on a variety of research projects, including phase I to phase IV prospective randomized clinical trials that are coordinated by the DCRI. The following videos showcase a sample of the work our fellows have undertaken.
Watch as Angela Lowenstern, MD, discusses using data from Medicare claims as an alternative to clinical events committees, which can be cost-prohibitive in long-term monitoring scenarios, for event adjudication in clinical trials.
Learn why Stephen Greene, MD, suggests that mandatory early enrollment windows in heart failure trials may not be beneficial and that heart failure trials may benefit from more flexible enrollment windows.