A Model Program to Support the Retention of Physician Scientists in Academic Medicine by Addressing Family Caregiving Demands
In 2016 the UNC School of Medicine was one of only 10 academic medical schools in the country to receive funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to develop an experimental program designed to retain physician scientists in research who are facing substantial caregiving demands at home. The program at UNC was named Caregivers at Carolina and is directed by Amelia Drake, M.D., Executive Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Susan Girdler, Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Associate Chair for Junior Investigator Development.
How the Caregivers Program Works
- Early career physician scientists who have substantial caregiving demands at home and are currently funded to conduct clinical research are eligible.
- The program provides supplemental research funding to physician scientists to support a research technician or buy-out of one day of clinical time.
- All applicants, regardless of whether they receive the funding, are part of a ‘Caregivers cohort’ — the program facilitates networking, research collaborations, and social and informational support.
- The program ensures that the Caregivers cohort has facilitated access to career development opportunities.
- Travel grants support physician scientists to attend research conferences.
The program also provides emotional and peer support.
Our Caregivers, their stories.