Program Overview

Fellow reviewing imagesThe Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship Program at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) is designed to provide a unique training experience to medical students with an interest in a career in clinical investigation. Penn is one of the top academic research institutions in the country, receiving the second largest amount of NIH funding in the nation. Penn's Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CCEB) is world renowned, and provides the Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellows with didactic training. In addition, the CCEB, the Leonard Davis Institute (an internationally recognized center for health services research), and the Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics include a large number of outstanding potential mentors spanning a wide range of research areas.

The program at Penn provides a supportive environment in which students can spend a year doing epidemiology, health services, patient-oriented or translational research that may take place in the clinics, inpatient research units or in laboratories that emphasize applied research. During the fellowship year, students will function as a member of the research team, participating in research meetings, journal clubs and seminars. In addition, each student will take introductory courses in epidemiology and biostatistics. Fellows will become members of the physician-Fellows working on data analysisscientist community at Penn, participating in events designed specifically for DDCRF students as well as other activities, such as the MD-PhD monthly events series, seminars at the CCEB and other events relevant to their particular research.


Participants will also become members of the national community of Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellows. The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation organizes a national meeting at the end of the academic year, in which all fellows participate.


International Program

In 2008-2009, the Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship Program expanded to include two international fellowships.  International Fellows will begin their year at Penn, taking coursework with students in the domestic program.  They will then spend much of the rest of the year in Gaborone, Botswana, participating in a mentored clinical research project focused on HIV/AIDS. 


Updated November 8, 2012