About the School

Trent Semans Center Plaza on a sunny day

Established in 1930, Duke University School of Medicine is the youngest of the nation’s top medical schools. Ranked among the best in the nation, the School takes pride in being an inclusive community of outstanding learners, investigators, clinicians, and staff where traditional barriers are low, interdisciplinary collaboration is embraced, and great ideas accelerate translation of fundamental scientific discoveries to improve human health locally and around the globe. 

Composed of more than 2,500 faculty physicians and researchers, the Duke University School of Medicine along with the Duke University School of Nursing and Duke University Health System create Duke Health. Duke Health is a world-class health care network. Founded in 1998 to provide efficient, responsive care, the health system offers a full network of health services and encompasses Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, Duke Raleigh Hospital, Duke Primary Care, Private Diagnostic Clinic, Duke Home and Hospice, Duke Health and Wellness, and multiple affiliations. 


What makes Duke University School of Medicine unique?

  • A unique curriculum for MD students that allows students to 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 nation’s first Physician Assistant Program created at Duke in 1965 and ranked number one in the country.
  • One of the oldest Medical Scientist Training Programs (MD/PhD) in the country.
  • Twenty-four clinical and basic science departments and numerous centers and institutes including the Duke Cancer Institute, Duke Human Vaccine Institute, and the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences.
  • Home to the Duke Clinical Research Institute, the world's largest academic clinical research organization.
  • One of the first and most prominent Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) sites.
  • Duke-NUS Medical School, which offers Duke’s unique curriculum to students in Singapore.
  • Close proximity and collaboration with Duke’s other professional schools, including the Pratt School of Engineering, Fuqua School of Business, Divinity School, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences, Sanford School of Public Policy, Nicholas School of the Environment, and Law School.

School’s Core Values

  • Excellence in education, research and patient care
  • Respect for and inclusion of people from all backgrounds
  • Commitment to service, solving real world problems
  • Sense of urgency in transforming discoveries into improved human health
  • Professionalism and integrity demonstrated in all aspects of performance and effort