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Alum Zoom: 5 Career Questions with a Duke Ph.D.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020
11:00 am to 11:30 am

Nora McGhee, Ph.D.Please join us for a series of short, focused career conversations with former Duke PhD students and postdocs. On October 7, our guest is Nora McGhee, Ph.D. '06 (Pharmacology), Senior Program Officer for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). PCORI is authorized by Congress to conduct research to provide information about the best-available evidence to help patients and their health care providers make better-informed health and healthcare decisions. PCORI’s research, which is guided by input from stakeholders across the healthcare community, is intended to give patients and those who care for them with a better understanding of the prevention, treatment and care options available, and the science that supports those options.

5 Questions:
1.  Can you tell us about your background?
2.  How did you get your job?
3.  What's a typical day like at your organization (pre- and post-COVID)?
4.  What can postdocs and students who would like to work in this field (or explore it further) do to prepare?
5.  What is the employment outlook for this field, given the COVID crisis? (please note that the answer to this question may be "we don't know yet")

A link with Zoom meeting details will be sent to confirmed registrants. The Alum Zoom Series is sponsored by The Graduate School, the Duke Office of Postdoctoral Services, and the Duke Career Center. Questions? Contact Dr. Melissa Bostrom, Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Professional Development, at

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Event Category

  • Professional Development
  • Professional Adaptability
  • Careers Beyond Academia