Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) -- Trainee Program Information

What does the Training Program entail?

Trainees will develop an appropriate training program comprised of courses, laboratory rotations, and informal learning opportunities. The didactic training plan for each trainee will be developed in conjunction with their principal research mentor and the T32 directors to provide a truly personalized approach that will balance specific coursework and experiential training.

  • Coursework: The proposed required coursework (3 courses) is intended to provide the next generation of genomic medicine researchers with a strong foundation in clinical research, biostatistics, and responsible conduct of research.  Trainees will also be required to complete an elective course that may include bioinformatics, medical genetics, health economics, molecular biology, or pharmacogenomics. Course requirements will be tailored to the trainee’s prior coursework, desired knowledge and skill set, and research focus.
  • Genome Sciences & Medicine Rotations:  Trainees will have the opportunity to rotate through 2 core laboratories and 4 genomic medicine clinics. The rotations in the core genomic sciences are intended to provide trainees with first-hand knowledge/experience with different technologies.  Trainees will rotate through 2 core laboratories from among the following: 1) the Genome Sequencing Shared Resource, 2) Microarray Shared Resource, 3) Functional Genomics Shared Resource, 4) Integrative Genomic Analysis Shared Resource, and 5) Proteomics and Metabolomics Shared Resource. In addition, to provide trainees with the foundation for practicing genomic medicine, each trainee will complete a 1-month rotation in the following Duke genomic medicine clinics:  Hereditary Cancer Clinic, Adult Cardiovascular Genetics, Genomic Sequencing, and Primary Care Risk Assessment.
  • Researcher Competencies’ Training. Trainees will have the opportunity through a combination of seminars and first-hand training to develop skills essential to developing a successful research program beyond the strictly scientific knowledge and skills gained through coursework and research. In particular, technical writing (e.g., both manuscripts and grant applications), public speaking, and communication are important skills to learn and hone during the early stage of career development.

How long is the Genomic Medicine Training Program?

The program will support trainees for a 2-year period of research and education.

What type of support do trainees' receive?

Trainees receive a monthly stipend, tuition and fees assistance, a contribution towards health insurance, and travel funds to attend the annual NHGRI training conference. Stipend levels are determined by NIH (2016 levels are used for appointments starting on or after 8/1/2016).

Who is eligible to apply to the Genomic Medicine Training Program?

We strongly encourage and solicit applications from women and under-represented minorities.  We will accept two trainees for the 2017-18 year, and up to four new trainees for subsequent years. We are specifically interested in recruiting the following types of individuals:

  • MDs who have completed clinical training in a non-genetics related discipline, such as internal medicine (with or without subspecialty training), pediatrics, surgery, etc., and are eligible for board certification in their discipline.
  • PhDs who have decided to focus their careers on clinical or translational research related to genomic medicine.

Degree Requirements (per the NIH Grants Policy Statement – section 11.3.2.5):

Postdoctoral trainees must have received, as of the beginning date of the appointment, a Ph.D., M.D., D.D.S., or comparable doctoral degree from an accredited domestic or foreign institution. Comparable doctoral degrees include, but are not limited to, the following: D.M.D., D.C., D.O., D.V.M., O.D., D.P.M., Sc.D., Eng.D., Dr. P.H., D.N.Sc., D.P.T., Pharm.D., N.D. (Doctor of Naturopathy), D.S.W., Psy.D, as well as a doctoral degree in nursing research. Documentation by an authorized official of the degree-granting institution certifying that all degree requirements have been met prior to the beginning date of the training appointment is acceptable. Individuals in postgraduate clinical training, who wish to interrupt their studies for a year or more to engage in full-time research training before completing their formal training programs, are also eligible. Applicants must be a U.S. Citizen, noncitizen national, or have permanent resident status.

How do I choose a Research Mentor?

The majority of the trainee’s time during the two-year program will be spent on a mentored research project. The research training experience is designed to provide specialized training and also consider broader issues impacted by their research including ethical, legal, and social implications.  Available mentors for the research project have extensive experience in genomic medicine practice and collaborative multidisciplinary research. With the guidance of the Program Directors, each trainee will establish an interdisciplinary mentoring team comprised of the principal mentor and one or more co-mentors to guide their research program and career development.  Please see the mentors who are available for this program here.