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Duke University School of Medicine

Region: North Carolina Country: USA

A Message from the Dean
Established in 1930, Duke is a young school compared to its peers. We have an adolescent spirit - our school is bold, energetic, idealistic and nimble. We take pride in being an inclusive community of outstanding learners, investigators and clinicians where traditional barriers are low, interdisciplinary collaboration is embraced, and great ideas accelerate translation of fundamental scientific discoveries to improve human health around the globe.

21st Century medicine and medical education are evolving rapidly. Medicine is becoming "personalized" - focused on understanding and promoting the health of individual patients, rather than formulaic treatment of a list of diagnoses. Duke is proud to be at the forefront of this transformation.

We hope you'll take advantage of this website to learn more about us. Or, visit us in Durham, "The City of Medicine," located in the beautiful research triangle area of North Carolina.

Duke Medicine
The Duke University School of Medicine is part of Duke Medicine which conceptually integrates the Duke University Health System which includes the flagship Duke University Medical Center and and the Duke University School of Nursing. It is the combination of research, clinical care, and education that takes place through the efforts of our faculty, staff, students, and trainees at many different sites throughout our region and worldwide.

Duke University Medical Center is consistently ranked among the nation's top hospitals. in the 2011 U.S.News & World Report rankings, it moved up one spot to 9th place. As part of the magazine's analysis of hospital care, 16 specialties were graded on patient safety, nursing services, and other care measures.

Who We Are
The youngest of the nation's leading medical schools, Duke is one of the world's premier centers for medical education, clinical care and biomedical research.

Planning for the school began in 1925, when businessman James Buchanan Duke, benefactor of Duke University and The Duke Endowment, bequeathed $4 million to establish the Duke School of Medicine, the Duke School of Nursing and Duke Hospital.

Less than five years after the school opened in 1930, the Association of American Medical Colleges ranked Duke in the top quarter of medical schools in the country.

Now, more than 75 years later, the Duke University School of Medicine is firmly in the top 10 medical schools nationally. The medical campus encompasses 90 buildings on 210 acres and employs more than 1,500 faculty physicians and researchers.

Duke programmatic accomplishments include:

  • The world's first brain tumor program, established in 1937.
  • An outstanding clinical research organization (now called the Duke Clinical Research Institute), dating back to the 1960s.
  • The nation's first Physician Assistant Program started at Duke in 1965.
  • A unique curriculum for MD students, with an entire year dedicated to research or work towards a second degree.
  • One of the oldest Medical Scientist Training Programs (MD/PhD) in the country.
  • One of the first and most prominent Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) sites, the Duke Translational Medicine Institute.
  • Partnership with the National University of Singapore to create Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore based on Duke's unique curriculum that reserves the third year for scholarly research. The school admitted its first class in fall 2007.
  • Collaboration with other schools of the university in three Duke-wide institutes: the Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy, the Duke Global Health Institute, and the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences.
Learn more about the history and heritage of the School of Medicine at this Duke University Medical Center Archives retrospective.

School of Medicine Governance
Board of Trustees
The Duke University Board of Trustees oversees the activities of the School of Medicine and the Duke University Medical Center. The Board's Medical Center Academic Affairs Committee makes recommendations on programs and policies of the Medical Center.

American Association of Medical Colleges
Duke is a member of the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC), and is accredited by The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), the nationally recognized accrediting authority for medical education programs leading to the M.D. degree in U.S. and Canadian medical schools.

Basic Science Departments
  • Biochemistry
  • Biostatistics & Bioinformatics
  • Cell Biology
  • Immunology
  • Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
  • Neurobiology
  • Pharmacology and Cancer Biology
Clinical Science Departments
  • Anesthesiology
  • Community and Family Medicine
  • Dermatology
  • Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Pathology
  • Pediatrics
  • Psychiatry
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Radiology
  • Surgery

More than 6400 individuals have graduated from the Duke University School of Medicine since our first class finished their studies here in 1932.

Now, alumni of the school are spread across the globe, providing care to patients throughout North Carolina and in 20 countries.

Medical Alumni Association
Graduates of the School are united by the Medical Alumni Association, which has a directory of your classmates. Alumni gather annually in October for five- and ten-year reunions at the Medical Alumni Weekend.

Give to Duke Medicine
Your gift to The Medical Annual Fund or the Davison Club will have an immediate impact on medical education, training, research, and patient care, while helping Duke Medicine take another step in its remarkable medical endeavor. Give to Duke Medicine today -- start here.

Find a Duke-trained doctor near you
To find physicians educated or trained at Duke, search this online directory by specialty, state or country.

Academic Records for Licensing
For academic records, transcript requests and degree candidate information, contact the Office of the School of Medicine Registrar.

Physician Assistant Alumni
Graduates of the PA program use the Physician Assistant Alumni site to stay connected with their classmates and keep current with the PA Division.

Duke University School of Medicine Degree Programs :


  • Bachelor Degree
  • Physician Assistant Program
  • Master Degree
  • MD Anaesthesiology
  • MD Anatomy
  • MD Biochemistry
  • MD Community Medicine
  • MD Dermatology
  • MD Emergency Medicine
  • MD General Medicine
  • MD Microbiology
  • MD Paediatrics
  • MD Pathology
  • MD Pharmacology
  • MD Physiology
  • MD Psychiatry
  • MD Radiodiagnosis
  • MD Skin & V.D
  • MD TB & Chest Diseases
  • MS Anatomy
  • MS ENT
  • MS General Surgery
  • MS Ophthalmology
  • MS Orthopaedics
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Pathologists' Assistant Program
  • Medical Scientist Training Program (M.D./Ph.D.)
  • Doctorate/PhD
  • Ph.D Anatomy
  • Ph.D Biochemistry
  • Ph.D Microbiology
  • Ph.D Pathology
  • Ph.D Pharmacology


  • Doctorate/PhD
  • Ph.D Physiology

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Address: DUMC 3710, Durham, NC 27710



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