Duke's Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) Program seeks to prepare a diverse student body to pursue a spectrum of medical career options in order to become physician leaders who can advance biomedical research and improve local, national, and global health.
This program has propelled our School into the top ten medical schools in the country.
We've accomplished this, in part, through an innovative curriculum in which students learn the core basic sciences in the first year, complete core clinical clerkships in the second year, devote the entire third year to scholarly investigation, and fulfill elective rotations in the fourth year.
By condensing the traditionally structured training from four years into three, we provide students ample opportunity to pursue their own independent interests. Many students earn a second degree during this time, graduating with an MBA, Master of Public Health or Master of Science in addition to the Doctor of Medicine degree.
How to Enroll
Prospective M.D. students should visit the Office of Admissions to learn about the enrollment process and to hear students and faculty speak about their experiences at Duke.
Current students can visit the Registrar, Financial Aid, Office of Student Affairs and Office of Curriculum to find resources and announcements regarding their education. The Medical Students Web site is the official student-run resource.
Students in the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) earn both M.D. and Ph.D. degrees over seven to eight years. Most continue on with postgraduate clinical training before launching careers in academic medicine. In more than 40 years since the NIH began funding the MSTP, many graduates have become leaders at the most exciting frontiers of modern biomedical science.
Students enrolled at other institutions are welcome to participate at Duke. For more information, see Visiting M.D. students.