Duke 3/2 Research Opportunities

Duke Radiology residents are provided with the time, resources, and mentorship to pursue research throughout residency, but especially in the 4th year when residents are allowed up to nearly 10 months of dedicated research time.

Residents are encouraged to use this time to follow their intellectual passions. In addition to hypothesis-driven research, Duke residents have written books, created educational websites, and pursued global health imaging projects. Department seed grants are available to support these resident research projects.

internship chartDuke R38 Research Pathway

The Departments of Radiology and Radiation Oncology are pleased to offer the new Duke R38 Research Pathway for residents committed to a career as a physician investigator. This NIH-funded opportunity provides 18 months of protected research time sponsored by a R38 Stimulating Access to Research in Residency (StARR) grant.

Diagnostic Radiology Resident-Investigators will complete an internship (PGY1) before starting diagnostic radiology residency (PGY2-PGY6). PGY2-3 will consist solely of clinical rotations. During PGY-3, the Resident-Investigator will identify a Preceptor. PGY4-6 will then consist of 18 months of clinical rotations and 18 months of protected research time, to be completed in blocks of at least 6 months long each. At the conclusion of residency training, successful ROR StARR Resident-Investigators will be guaranteed a 1-year subspecialty fellowship of their choice that will include research time. In addition, following the 1-year fellowship, participants in the program will have the opportunity to remain at Duke for a research-intense mentored instructorship in Radiology. This will allow ROR StARR Diagnostic Radiology Resident-Investigators research continuity throughout training and the establishment of their independent careers.


Chauncy Handran, M.D.

Class of 2020

“I have had a somewhat unique research experience while at Duke with limited research time given clinical demands related to ESIR. However, I was still able to acquire a $20k grant from the Gastroenterology department during my 2nd year of residency for research on a new treatment for hepatic encephalopathy, for which I teamed up with the biomedical engineering department. ”


John Knight II, M.D.

Class of 2020

"My 3/2 project is a survey study in Breast Imaging that evaluates the perceptions patients have when reading radiology reports. The 3/2 infrastructure helped me find the resources and mentorship to get the project off the ground. I chose to use the remainder of my fourth year elective time to do a mini-fellowship in Cardiothoracic Imaging."


Colm Kelleher, M.D.

Class of 2020

"I did not do a traditional 3/2 project. I spent the year completing a 16-month Dual Certification Pathway in Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine. Next year I will be doing an additional fellowship in Abdominal Imaging. I believe this combination will give me a unique experience in oncologic radiology."


Kyle Napier, M.D.

Class of 2020

"I loved the freedom of the 3/2 program. I focused entirely on clinical work including a 6-month mini-fellowship in Abdominal Imaging. The added experience on MRI and procedures was invaluable for my learning. It was so rewarding to work with the same group of people day in and day out. It truly felt like a family."


Lawrence Ngo, M.D., Ph.D.

Class of 2020

"I have been working with Mustafa Bashir in developing AI algorithms for several applications in body imaging. We are now beginning a new phase of research involving Duke and several other universities, private practice groups, and my company to validate our AI tools. I have learned a lot in coordinating collaborations among all these entities."

Recent Publications and Presentations


Textbooks authored by Duke graduates.

Book Cover - Netter's Correlative Imaging Musciloskeletal AnatomyBooK Cover - Radiology in Global HealthBook Cover - Duke Review of MRI Principles

educational websites

Educational websites created by Duke graduates

HeadNeckBrainSpine (HNBS): Education site designed by recent graduate

Applying To Duke

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We sincerely hope that you will consider joining our Duke Radiology community. Please click on the link below to learn about our application and interview process. We also encourage you to contact us for more information about our program.