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The Doris Duke Program to Enhance the Retention of Clinicians (PERK)

Program Description

This award from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation is aimed at improving the retention and advancement of junior-level physician-scientists who face special challenges of balancing their professional work with caregiving responsibilities. The objective of the PERK program is to provide supplemental funds to support ongoing clinical research efforts of eligible faculty.

Eligibility Criteria

  • M.D. or D.O. degree and an active U.S. medical license
  • Full-time tenure-track faculty appointment at MUSC at the Instructor or Assistant Professor level at the time of application
  • Research support as PI on a mentored career development grant, research project grant, or other equivalent research grant award from a federal or non-federal source (Note: Parent award must have at leastĀ one year of support remaining at the time of application for the supplement.)
  • Compelling need for this supplemental research support as it relates to significant extraprofessional caregiving responsibilitiesĀ 


One-year grant of up to $34,000


Diana Lee-Chavarria

Diana Lee-Chavarria, MA
Program Manager