Introducing the next wave of Duke AHEAD support for our health professions educators.  ASPIRE (Achievement, Scholarship, Perseverance, Innovation, Resilience, Excellence) funds are available for our members for individual growth and faculty development as well as for interprofessional teams to promote wellness during this ever-changing landscape.

How it Works:  Individuals may request up to $2400 in support for services like executive coaching, editor services, DOCR support, and more.  Interprofessional groups may request up to $500 for teambuilding and wellness activities of their choosing – consider a group cooking class, a Yoga retreat, a Nasher Tour, a visit to the Lemur Center; be creative with your ideas! 

Winter 2023 Now Open - Applications Due by 2/7/23 5:00 pm 

Applications are limited to one per person per cycle, with an overall limit of two vouchers over the life of program (includes those who have received previous DASHE awards).  Need to review the application before submitting?  Click here for a PDF of the application questions (please note there is branch logic which means all questions may not be applicable to your specific application).

Team Award: Need ideas for teambuilding activities?  Consider some group yoga sessions, massage chair rentals from Live for Life, a cooking class, a guided Nasher tour, or a visit to the Lemur Center.  DPAC shows, Escape Rooms, or any of our local museums!  At this time, ASPIRE team awards cannot be used to purchase food or alcohol.  While Duke AHEAD is happy to fund these activities, please note that we are not responsible for the planning and coordinator of these activities, and not liable for any issues that may arise with the planning of these events. 

Individual Award Services offered: 

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 DOCR 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)

Project Operations

The DOCR Project Operations 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
  • Publication and manuscript assistance
  • Project/program management

Duke Research at Pickett Services

The Duke Research at Pickett facility and service center is a free-standing, research-only facility with research staff, exam rooms, and conference room space available for outpatient and community-engaged research. Located at 3024 Pickett Rd. behind University Tower, the facility is just a few minutes from main Duke hospital and clinics, and provides free onsite parking and accessible ground level entry.

  • Exam and conference room space
  • Research Coordinator/Translator/Interpreter support

For DOCR services questions contact

Susan Budinger, Director, Duke Office


Executive Coaching

Duke AHEAD (DASHE) is partnering with Dr. Judith Holder, an executive coach-psychologist to offer a DASHE Targeted Individual Leadership Refinement Coaching Package to enhancing your professional and personal development in your role as a health professions educator. These executive sessions are targeted around a defined area of interest with a specific number of sessions, a total of five sessions. For those selected, the Individual Targeted Coaching Package entails an initial consult, completion of coaching paperwork, a personality assessment and professional report, one or two assessments/worksheets as appropriate based upon area of interest and administrative time.

The DASHE Targeted Coaching Package supports DASHE faculty in such areas as:

  • Refining specific leadership skills and self-awareness
  • Improving communication and/or feedback (receiving and giving)
  • Enhancing conflict management skills in a specific area
  • Advancing one or two emotional intelligence competencies at work
  • Clarifying career-related direction
  • Refining self-awareness around impact on others in certain situations
  • Interpersonal effectiveness with a team member
  • Personal professional growth in managing diversity and inclusion issues
  • Becoming more effective in running meetings and interdisciplinary teams

Please note there are limited coaching seats available. The Targeted Coaching Package is to be used within a five-month period of time from the date of acceptance to maximize results. 

Travel Assistance 

Due to departmental funding restrictions on travel, Duke AHEAD will sponsor the cost of VIRTUAL registrations only. 

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


Duke Advanced Practice Provider Leadership Institute (Duke APPLI)

Advanced Practice Providers (Advanced Practice Nurses, Physician Assistants and other non-physician providers who have graduate-level education and training) work on the front lines of health care; are very familiar with the daily challenges that their patients face; and can provide unique perspectives on better ways to provide health care.  

In this year-long Duke APPLI fellowship, APP-led health care teams are trained to become health equity leaders who thrive in interprofessional teams and are able to lead transformational projects to improve the health of patients, resiliency of providers, efficacy of health care systems, and strength of communities.  APPs and their interprofessional colleagues can receive guidance and mentorship from Duke and other industry leaders to develop, implement and evaluate quality and population health improvement projects of their choice and receive robust individual and team leadership and management training as well to enhance their impact as health care change agents.  The investment of Duke APPLI participants’ time and efforts can lead to enhanced skills and initiatives that address clinical and social drivers of health equity, which, in turn, lead to more efficient, effective and sustainable health care systems and improve the health outcomes and well-being of clients and their communities. Learn more about APPLI benefits and outcomes here: Duke APPLi Benefits & Outcomes

Applications are open to 2-4 member teams  and are now open until February 15, 2023.  Teams will be notified of acceptance by March 15, 2023.  Please note: payment of the program enrollment fee is due within 14 days of notice of acceptance to the program.

To apply to Duke APPLI or learn more, visit our website: https://dukeappli.info/home

For Duke APPLI questions, contact us at APPLI@duke.edu

Special Note: Individuals who are recipients of ASPIRE funds to underwrite (or be reimbursed) a portion of the APPLI enrollment fee must submit proof of acceptance into the APPLI program before ASPIRE funds are released. 



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