In our continued mission to train the leaders of tomorrow, the Duke Department of Head and Neck Surgery & Communication Sciences is establishing a dedicated 2-year research track embedded within the residency program. Candidates on this track should have an interest in pursuing an academic career as a clinician-scientist. Areas of scientific study may include basic research, translational research, global health, clinical research, or health-related policy. We will leverage the immense resources at Duke University to provide support for this exciting opportunity.
Candidates matching on this track would complete their PGY1 and PGY2 clinical years, followed by a 2-year dedicated research training period. Thereafter, the resident would return to complete their clinical PGY4, PGY5, and ½ of PGY6 years. The total time of required training on this track would be 6½ years (4½ years clinical and 2 years research). Options to pursue additional academic or clinical interests in the 6 months after the conclusion of required training (January-June of the PGY6 year) will be supported by the Department. Mentorship regarding academic career development will be an integral aspect of the program.
For this match cycle (residents starting July 2020), we have been approved by the ACGME to match five residents. Four residents will proceed on the traditional 5-year clinical track. The NRMP match ID for the traditional clinical track is: 1529280C0. One resident will match on the 7-year research track. The NRMP match for the research track is: 1529280C1. In subsequent match cycles, we will return to matching four residents per year, with one of the four residents entering the research track.