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Doris Duke Charitable Foundation International Clinical Research Fellowship for Medical Students

Project Overview

Duke University trains three medical students per year over four years to become future leaders in global health clinical research. Before conducting research, fellows will complete didactic training on Duke campus and collaborate with their mentors to refine their proposals. Clinical research will be conducted in partnership with the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre in Moshi, Tanzania or the School of Medicine, Moi University in Eldoret, Kenya, under the direction of Project Director, Dr. Dennis Clements, who has over 20 years of experience mentoring medical students in global health research.

A Steering Committee comprised of project stakeholders recruits and selects fellows and facilitate mentor-fellow matching. A structured mentorship model will ensure medical students are well-supported through on-site faculty and peer mentors, frequent and consistent meetings, and ongoing monitoring. A midpoint review conducted onsite with all fellows will provide additional training and evaluation of the fellowship.

The long-term goal of creating a pathway for future leaders in global health clinical research will be fulfilled through additional training in data analysis and presentation, financial support for professional development, and an alumni network of global health researchers. Global health clinical research is an essential component of training the modern physician and Duke University is committed to providing this training.

Department & School

School of Medicine


Project Collaborators

  • Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

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