Duke AHEAD Supporting Health Professions Educators

Health Professions Educators are often lacking resources needed to advance educational research and scholarship. In recognition of this challenge, we are proud to announce the Duke AHEAD Supports Health Professions Educators (DASHE) program. DASHE Vouchers are designed to be used in a wide variety of ways by connecting our educators with high quality academic services that facilitate their engagement in scholarly work.

Important Dates:

  •          Applications Open:  November 14, 2019
  •          Deadline for pre-application meetings with service providers:  January 13, 2020
  •          Applications Close:  January 20, 2020
  •          Voucher Start:  April 1, 2020
  •          Voucher End:  May 31, 2021 

Applications are limited to one per person per cycle, with an overall limit of two vouchers over the life of program.  

We will be offering vouchers for the following services: 

Duke Office of Clinical Research Services:

DOCR employs and manages research-trained teams who can assist with a variety of project-related tasks, training development and professional development. Services are available to all researchers, including those conducting clinical, basic, and translational research.


Data Management

The RMT data team provides research database design, support and data management services. The team supports REDCap, a user-friendly EDC system developed by the Vanderbilt CTSA and available at Duke. REDCap enables researchers to collect and store data securely behind Duke’s firewall, with the convenience of an online user interface.

  • REDCap survey design and survey administration
  • REDCap database build and support
  • Data management (cleaning and coding)


The Training and Outreach team is staffed with research program leaders who assist study teams with the design and presentation of projects. The team provides services for investigators from the start to the end of a study or project.

  • Study planning and resource identification
  • Protocol development
  • Regulatory support/IRB submissions
  • Grant proposal preparation or review
    • Review of operational plan for individual grants (e.g., R and K mechanisms, foundations)
    • Assistance with development of conceptual models and figures for individual grants
    • Review of grant proposals for flow/organization
  • Publication and manuscript assistance
  • Project/program management

For DOCR services questions contact: 

Sue Budinger, Associate Director, Duke Office of Clinical Research  



Executive Coaching 

The School of Medicine Executive Coaching Program provides executive coaching services to faculty in the clinical and basic sciences. This initiative is led by Sharon Hull, MD, MPH (Family Medicine and Community Health). Dr. Hull has many years of active coaching experience and is an Professional Certified Coach credentialed through the International Coaching Federation.   

In October of 2019, the program was pleased to announce the addition of a new internal coach, Jodi Hawes, MD. Dr. Hawes is well-known to the Duke community and is a welcome member to the coaching team. She will be a wonderful resource to faculty who wish to pursue coaching.

Examples of available services include:

  • Leadership skill development
  • Career planning and strategies
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Work-life alignment
  • Successful interpersonal and communication skills
  • Institutional awareness-building
  • Professional assessments, including 360 reviews, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and other assessments

Applicants for Faculty Flex Vouchers for coaching services should contact program administrator Kyle Nunn directly to setup a package of services that best meet their individual needs.  Vouchers are sufficient to cover several coaching sessions, including administration of certain professional assessments.

For Executive Coaching Services Contact:

Program administrator, Kyle Nunn



Medical Center Library 

Through this program, Medical Center Library is offering a personal librarian service.  This 6-month package offers dedicated librarian support to help shepherd an ongoing scholarly project toward completion. This service offers increased personalization and hands-on project management from an experienced medical center librarian. Each voucher package includes:

  • Initial meeting/phone call prior to voucher application to determine goals, needs, and any services outside the base rate
  • 5 hours consultation time – topics selected during initial meeting. Services may include:
    • Literature Review: Gain assistance in conducting a thorough literature search on your topic
    • Reference Wrangling: Set up and support in using EndNote or other citation management software to create databases of articles and simplify manuscript preparation
    • Interlibrary Loan Package: Find the full-text of articles you need and receive up to 5 free interlibrary loan articles for those not available at Duke
    • Your Scholarly Impact: Set up profiles and systems and learn tools to aid in assessing scholarly impact over career (will include ORCid, Scholars@Duke, impact factors, h-index, NIH Public Access policy, and more)
    • Current Awareness: Set up alerts for research articles and grants
    • Journal Choices: Become familiar with open access (OA) vs. traditional journals, funding options for OA journals, maintaining compliance to the NIH Public Access policy, how to find impact factors, and how to find a good journal for your research
  • Librarian will work with the faculty member to establish goals and deadlines to provide accountability that helps move project towards publication
  • Faculty requiring additional time/services can apply for multiple units or can purchase additional services for a fee. Interested faculty should discuss their needs with a librarian prior to applying to determine the scope of the project and the number of voucher units to request.

For Medical Center Library Services Contact:

Megan von Isenburg

Associate Dean Medical Center Library 

megan.vonisenburg@duke.edu or (919) 660-1131


Travel Assistance 

We will support travel funds with required matching support from owning department/org unit or individual's discretionary funds.  AHEAD will support air travel, registration, hotel costs, and transportation. One travel voucher per person over the life of the program. 

Editorial Services - DCRI Medical Communications Offerings

The DCRI Medical Communications group includes skilled science editors who provide support for editing and formatting a manuscript to journal specifications. Editors interact with authors to share drafts of manuscripts with coauthors and to incorporate their feedback; ensure that timelines are met; and gather all required disclosure and copyright information for journal submissions. Editors act on behalf of the authors to submit a manuscript that meets a journal’s requirements and to follow up with the journal regarding progress of the review and a decision. Manuscripts are followed and tracked from conception through all iterations to publication. The degree of involvement with several of these steps will vary by the author’s needs and preferences. Services include:

  • Review and correct text to ensure consistency among text, tables, and illustrations
  • Edit text to improve flow of information
  • Produce and review graphic illustrations for accuracy, layout, and appropriateness
  • Circulate drafts to coauthors and  other stakeholders
  • Incorporate changes and finalize manuscript for submission to journal
  • Submit to journal and follow up
  • Follow similar process for revisions
  • Review proofs, correct, and return to publisher
  • Track status of manuscripts
  • Remind authors of deadlines for publication

Ideal applicants will have a complete draft of a manuscript already written. These services are available to basic and clinical science faculty. An affiliation with DCRI is not required.

For Medical Communications Services Contact:

Liz Cook

Manager, Medical Communications, DCRI

elizabeth.cook@dm.duke.edu or (919) 668-5905

Education Research Commons

The Duke AHEAD Education Research Commons (ERC) provides consulting services for technical advice and guidance on methodological issues in conducting education research. These services include: education research design, data analysis, instrument/survey development and selection, and psychometric analyses.

Research Design

  • Based on your research question(s) ERC can help select the most suitable design to obtain meaningful results and meet research aims, and guide selection of an appropriate design and sampling strategy and sample size determination.

Data Analysis

  • Guidance on data analysis techniques for quantitate, qualitative, and mixed methods data, and interpretation of results.

Instrument/Survey Development and Selection

  • ERC can help identify appropriate instruments aligned with the research questions and project needs or develop and high quality instruments or surveys to measure the variables including instrument validation.

Psychometric Analyses

  • ERC can help you design validity studies to ensure you have appropriate evidence of measuring the variables you defined from an instrument you created, adapted or already existing instrument. ERC can also conduct psychometric scaling studies, designed to scale both people and items on a common metric, using item response theory.
For Education Research Commons Services Contact:
Susan T. Hibbard, PhD


Services that you don't see here, but you're interested in inquiring about?  Email Duke AHEAD .