CONTACT: BECKY SOGLIN
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-6660; fax (319) 384-4638
Release: Oct. 10, 2002
(Photo: Allyn Mark; click for high resolution photo)
UI's Mark Appointed To Lead National Medical Fellowship Program
L. Mark, M.D., interim executive dean and associate dean for research and
graduate programs for the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver
College of Medicine, is the new national program leader for the Doris Duke
Clinical Research Fellowship (CRF) Program. The appointment was effective
beginning this academic year.
The Clinical Research Fellowship Program was established by the Doris Duke
Charitable Foundation in 2000 to encourage medical students who have completed
at least two years of school to pursue careers in clinical research. The program
awards students stipends of $20,000 plus health insurance to spend one year
working with physician-scientist mentors on clinical research projects.
In the past two years, a total of 10 medical schools, including the UI Carver
College of Medicine, have been awarded foundation grants to establish programs
at their institutions. Students from any U.S. medical school may apply for
a fellowship at any of the participating schools.
As the national CRF program leader, Mark will head the office that serves
as the national clearinghouse for program implementation, coordination and
enrichment. In addition, Mark, who also is the Roy J. Carver Professor and
Chair of Internal Medicine, will advise the fellowship program on policy issues.
The program aims to reverse the decline in the number of young physician-scientists
who pursue clinical research.
In addition to the UI Carver College of Medicine, medical schools that offer
Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowships are: Columbia University College
of Physicians and Surgeons, Harvard Medical School, Mount Sinai School of
Medicine, University of California at San Francisco Medical School, University
of North Carolina Medical School, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine,
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas, Washington University
Medical School and Yale University School of Medicine.
Peg Nopoulos, M.D., UI associate professor of psychiatry, serves as program
leader of the Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship Program at the UI. For
more information on the program offered at the UI Carver College of Medicine,
For more information on the national Clinical Research Fellowship Program