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Prepares a diverse student body to pursue a spectrum of medical career options.


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Why Duke

The Duke University School of Medicine is a community of scholars devoted to teaching, research, and patient care. It is consistently ranked among the best in the country.

The School of Medicine incorporates a range of highly regarded educational programs, as well as the research efforts of more than 2,000 basic science and clinical faculty. Conducted under the auspices of various academic and clinical departments and multidisciplinary centers and institutes, their combined efforts make Duke one of the largest biomedical research enterprises in the country, with more than $700 million in sponsored research annually.

The synergy among the School's physicians, researchers, educators, and staff offers unprecedented opportunities for teamwork among scientists in our labs and caregivers in our hospitals and clinics.

What Sets Duke Apart

Our curriculum is like no other medical school.

Ranked among the nation’s top 10, the School of Medicine’s unique curriculum is different from that of other medical schools. Students study the core basic sciences for one year instead of two, giving them the opportunity to devote their entire third year to a scholarly research project. Students care for patients during their second year, a full year earlier than their peers.

The School of Medicine is consistently ranked among the very best in the country.

  • In 2014 U.S. News & World Report ranked the Duke University School of Medicine among the top ten programs in the United States. (See rankings.)

  • U.S. News & World Report ranked Duke's physician assistant program as number one in the United States for 2011. (See rankings.)

We offer a wide variety of unique research opportunities
Duke students can often obtain special scholarships during the third year. In fact, for 2009-2010 35% of our students won outside funding to conduct their third-year research.

Duke students are highly competitive for prestigious national awards, such as the National Institutes of Health's Howard Hughes Research Fellowships and Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholars (FICRS) Program.