UNC & Duke AMPWIS Mentor Social

Join AMPWIS on April 7th at 6:30pm at the Chapel Hill location of Tobacco Road for an exciting evening of mingling and networking with faculty mentors from both UNC and Duke! This is a great opportunity to interact with and ask advice of successful academic researchers from a variety of fields.

  • The following faculty mentors will be present:
    • Kelly Giovanello, PhD is a current Associate Professor of the Department of Psychology. She is  researches how the cognitive process mediates memory in young adults and how it changes with aging and disease.
    • Aysenil Belger, PhD is a current Professor of Psychology and Director of the Neuroimaging Research in Psychiatry at UNC.  She studies the underlying neurobiology of attention and executive function in the human brain.
    • Julie Byerley, MD, MPH is the Vice Chair of Education in the Pediatrics Department and the Vice Dean for Education for the UNC School of Medicine. Her clinical focus is on diagnostic dilemmas and coordination of care for patients with complex conditions.
    • Kim Rathmell, MD, PhD is the Director of UNC’s MD/PhD Program and an Associate Professor in the Division of Oncology at UNC. Dr. Rathmell’s research focuses on renal cell carcinoma.
    • Anne West, MD, PhD is the Associate Director of Duke’s MD/PhD program and an Associate Professor in Neurobiology. She studies the mechanisms and consequences of activity-related transcription in the nervous system.
    • Mary Klotman, MD is the Chair of the Department of Medicine at Duke. Dr. Klotman studies the molecular pathogenesis of HIV-1 infection, particularly HIV-associated kidney disease.
    • Amanda MacLeod, MD is an Assistant Professor of Dermatology at Duke. She studies immune regulation during skin injury, infection, and cancer.

Light appetizers will be available. Please RSVP HERE.

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UNC/Duke Invited Speaker Dr. Matilda Nicholas

Our next event on March 12th at 7pm at Duke is an evening conversation with one of our MD-PhD program’s alumni now working at Duke in Dermatology, Dr. Matilda Nicholas! During this event Dr. Nicholas will speak with us on her career development over time, the challenges she has faced while trying to balance residency with her research goals, and what she has been doing to achieve her research goals since at Duke. Dr. Nicholas is also the author of a well-known and very entertaining blog about her life as an MD/PhD Student, from the beginning of medical school up to and including her faculty appointment. It can be found HERE.

It is going to be a great night and we hope you all can make it!

More details can be found on the event page HERE.

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UNC AMPWIS CV Development Workshop

In a UNC AMPWIS event on February 19th from 6-7:30pm in Bondurant 2035Amy Blackburn and colleagues from both the UNC and Duke Career Services will lead a workshop aimed at providing us with the tools necessary to professionally format our CVs.

***Students should prepare their CV ahead of the event and bring a printed version with them.***

The workshop will start with a review of the basics for the academic CV and NIH Biosketch. Then students will break out into five groups, where each group will have a staff member to review their CV’s and provide feedback.

This is an incredibly valuable opportunity to have professional feedback on CV formatting and content. We hope to see you all there!

Dinner will be provided. Please RSVP HERE.

A map showing the location of Bondurant Hall and nearby parking decks can be found HERE.

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UNC/Duke AMPWIS Presents Tax Planning for Physician Scientists!

A joint UNC/Duke AMPWIS event hosted by Northwestern Mutual on January 13, 2015 at 8am.

We have assembled a team of wealth advisors with years of experience working with the special financial planning needs of scientists and future physicians. This seminar will focus on tax-planning with additional time to address attendee-generated questions.

This seminar is sure to be useful for all of us as this is a topic in which we typically receive little guidance and there is so much confusion. Simplify your life by learning what we all should be doing now to plan for the future!

Light breakfast and coffee will be served.


More event information found on the event FLIER or PAGE.

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UNC & Duke AMPWIS Receive Kenan-Biddle Partnership Grant!!

This grant will fund joint UNC/Duke AMPWIS events during the 2015 calendar year! This includes funding for the Second Southeast Symposium for MD-PhD Women in Science!!! Super exciting!!!

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UNC/Duke AMPWIS Book Club – The Confidence Code!

Please join us on December 2nd at 7pm for an exciting night of discussing “The Confidence Code” by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman. This will be a joint book club with the Duke AMPWIS group, and sure to be a really fun discussion!

Before the event, please take the paired Confidence Code quiz, and we will have an additional self-assessment there looking at the difference between confidence and self-perceived effectiveness. We will then reflect on our quiz results and discuss themes of the book.

Take the Confidence Code Quiz HERE.

Amazon link for the book HERE.

The main dish will be provided, with sides being pot luck. Please RSVP HERE indicating the side dish you will bring.

Further details about the event can be found on the event page HERE.

We hope you all can make it!!

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Invited Speaker – Dr. Priscilla Wyrick

Please join us on November 11th at 12pm for an informal lunch discussion with Dr. Wyrick, one of the very first woman undergraduates admitted to UNC. She looks forward to sharing her historical perspective on women in science, and several eye opening experiences she had while navigating higher education and academia as one of the first women in her field.

Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP and sign up for lunch preference here.

More details can be found on the event page.

This is a very special opportunity and we hope you all can make it!


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Joint UNC/Duke AMPWIS Article Discussion!

Please join us for an exciting evening discussing two recent research studies investigating reasons behind the dearth of women holding faculty positions in academia, and what we can do to change this situation.

Date / Time: Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 / 7pm
Article Links:
Elite male faculty in the life science employ fewer women (2014)
Factors that affect the physical science career interest of female students: Testing five common hypotheses (2013)


Event page: UNC/Duke Article Discussion!

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AMPWIS Mentor Social!

Please come join us this Wednesday, October 1st, at 5pm in Bondurant G-074 for a relaxed social hour with eight of our accomplished faculty mentors.  This is an excellent opportunity to speak with incredible scientists from a diverse set of fields who are enthusiastic about providing career tips and advice to MD-PhD students.  We will spend the first 30 minutes informally socializing with the mentors, followed by targeted break out groups by fields of interest for field specific questions, advice, and networking.

The faculty attending can be found on the event page or flier.

Light appetizers and beverages will be provided. We hope to see you there!!


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UNC & Duke AMPWIS Present: Financial Planning for Physician Scientists

This Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 at 8am!

An expert panel of financial advisors will discuss what you should be doing now and how to develop a plan for the future.

See the event page and Financial Planning Flier for more details.

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