The Doris Duke International Clinical Research Fellowship provides medical students with the unique opportunity to conduct clinical research at an international site under the mentorship of Duke faculty.
The Doris Duke International Clinical Research Fellowship (ICRF) from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation provides an opportunity for up to three US medical students to complete a yearlong international clinical research project in one of four locations: Sri Lanka, Kenya, Peru or Tanzania. The fellowship begins in July and includes a detailed orientation before the fellows travel to the research location for a minimum of 8 months. There they will work on their project with mentorship from Duke Global Health Institute faculty and those from our partner universities, non-governmental organizations, and community practice settings.
The goal of the fellowship is to produce future leaders in global health clinical research.
The Doris Duke ICRF fellowship is open to US-based medical students with at least two years of medical school training who are planning to conduct clinical research in a low- or middle-income country. Three students will be selected each year. Interviews with select applicants will be conducted during the month of February.
- a stipend of $29,000,
- health insurance (if applicable),
- didactic training in research methods,
- travel expenses to the annual Doris Duke Foundation meeting,
- round-trip travel to the research site, and
- travel support to a relevant research conference.
2018-2019 fellows (L to R): Aarti Thakkar, Sruti Pisharody and Helen Wu Li
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January 10, 2019
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Research locations and Potential Projects
Research for the Doris Duke ICRF program at Duke University will center around four locations: Eldoret, Kenya, Moshi, Tanzania, Peru and India.
Faculty mentor: Gerald Bloomfield
- Cardiovascular complications of HIV infection
- Cardiac arrhythmias in patients of African descent
- Systems-level approaches to hypertension care in Kenya
Faculty mentor: Wendy O'Meara
- Malaria prevention in children with Sickle Cell Anemia: Testing new methods of malaria chemoprevention in children with sickle cell anemia at a single site in rural western Kenya (Steve Taylor, co-supervisor)
- Management of malaria fevers outside of the formal health sector: Implementation of new technologies to measure individual treatment beliefs and expectations in suspected malaria fevers
- Assessing Community Health Worker perceptions of involvement in diagnostic and treatment interventions; evaluating the impact of community-based malaria testing on their role in the community
Faculty mentor: Peter Kussin
- Continued research on perception and knowledge regarding palliative care
- Implementation of modified cookstoves and cooking houses to reduce indoor air pollution burden
- Continued research on obstructive lung disease in Kenya
Faculty mentor: William Pan
- Following up a previously enrolled birth cohort to evaluate the impact of in-utero exposure to mercury on child development
- Conduct an intensive dietary consumption study in native/non-native and urban/rural communities to link with chemical exposures, obesity and under-nutrition
- Assist in the development of an early warning system for malaria in the Amazon
- Assist in conducting a leishmaniasis study to evaluate the ecology and transmission of cutaneous leishmania between humans and animals
- Work with a team from Duke, Tulane, the Field Museum and local universities in Ecuador, Brazil and Peru to develop a framework, quantifiable measures, and evaluation of human vulnerability to nutritional disorders, vector-borne disease, chronic disease, and toxicological exposures.
Faculty mentor: Truls Ostbye
- Community-based survey of the physical and psychosocial health of a group of vulnerable workers
- Health problems of the elderly and their caregivers
- Mental health in new mothers
Faculty mentor: Dorothy Dow
- Addressing mental health needs among HIV-Infected Adolescents
- Associations between mental health and antiretroviral adherence and HIV outcomes
- Positive transition models from adolescent to adult HIV clinical care
Faculty mentor: Matthew P. Rubach, MD
- Epidemiologic risk factor analyses for zoonotic causes of severe febrile illness in northern Tanzania.
- Etiologic investigations on infectious cause of death in northern Tanzania (low malaria prevalence and low-to-moderate HIV prevalence)
- Detection and characterization of emerging, high-consequence pathogens among febrile inpatients in northern Tanzania
- Novel diagnostics for bloodstream infections
- Health outcomes for typhoid fever intestinal perforations and characterization of other causes of intestinal perforations in northern Tanzania
- Capacity-building for clinical laboratory and histopathology systems and services in northern Tanzania
- Barriers to optimal sepsis management in northern Tanzania: health systems, medical culture, nursing capacity, patient hemaphobia and other conspiring factors
Faculty mentor: Catherine A. Staton, MD MScGH
- Evaluating and improving mental health and functional outcomes for Traumatic Brain Injury Patients in Moshi, Tanzania
- Knowledge and attitudes of at risk alcohol use amongst injury patients seen at KCMC
- Developing an intervention for alcohol amongst injury patients at KCMC
Faculty mentor: Melissa Watt
- Postpartum HIV care engagement in the context of Option B+ for prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT)
- Addressing HIV stigma to promote linkage to HIV care and on-going retention in PMTCT
- Development and pilot testing of a patient navigator intervention to address hypertension among individuals living with HIV
How to Apply
Applicants must complete the Doris Duke common application and DGHI supplemental application. The common application (obtained and submitted through the Doris Duke website) requires the following:
- A personal statement containing a description of a) your reasons for undertaking global clinical research; b) your plans for future professional or graduate education as well as your long-term career plans; and c) a brief description of your research interests
- Letter of support from the Dean’s office of the medical school in which you are currently matriculated
- Two letters of support from faculty who can comment on your academic performance and potential for clinical research
- Curriculum vitae
- Medical school transcript (unofficial copies are accepted)
Both the common application and the supplemental application must be submitted by the application deadline. Failure to submit both documents will remove a candidate from consideration for the award.
Application Deadlines (2018-2019)
- Application & Letters of Support due: January 10, 2018
- Interviews begin: Feb, 2018
- Offers begin: March, 2018
- Decisions due: March, 2018