Message from the Dean
I hope this message finds you and your family safe and well. At the School of Medicine, we are having a fall semester unlike any other. More than 600 new students are embarking on their education in the health professions and biomedical sciences in the midst of a relentless pandemic that continues to disrupt our lives and those of people around the world.
Beginning last spring and continuing through the summer and fall, the School of Medicine, along with Duke University and the Duke University Health System, developed and implemented scientifically grounded plans with the input of an exceptional team of experts from across campus to allow our students to continue to learn, our faculty to teach, our clinical teams to provide care, and our physician-scientists to conduct research, all while working to reduce the spread of COVID-19 at Duke and in our communities.
We have implemented a comprehensive testing and screening plan. We have designed virtual learning protocols for those activities that can be done remotely, and in-person learning for those activities that require physical presence. Many staff continue to work from home, while our researchers and health care providers on campus are adhering to strict safety protocols. We all share the responsibility to do our part to ensure the health and safety of those on our campus and in our community.
At the same time, as one of the nation’s premier academic health care institutions, it is our responsibility to respond to the greatest health care challenges of our time. Our teams from across the school and campus are working tirelessly to develop and test new therapies to treat patients with COVID-19 through innovative clinical trials, and to develop a vaccine as well as countermeasures that will fight the virus and provide both long-term and short-term protection.
I am proud of our faculty, staff, and students who have risen to this challenge with remarkable resilience, innovation, and an inspiring spirit of collaboration. In this issue of DukeMed Alumni News, you will learn how we have adapted our educational programs and procedures to meet the realities of COVID-19 and still give our students and trainees the learning experiences they need to become great health care professionals.
You will also read about the School of Medicine’s Moments to Movement initiative. Launched this summer in alignment with the entire university and Duke Health, the School of Medicine has pledged to make sustainable, fundamental changes to mitigate systemic racism and create a diverse, inclusive, and equitable school and nation.
The COVID-19 crisis has changed how we do some of the things we do, but it has not altered in the slightest—in fact, it has only strengthened—our commitment to carry out our essential missions of research, education, patient care, and community engagement.
We could not do that work without our loyal alumni and friends. In this issue of DukeMed Alumni News, you will find highlights about three donors who have given generously to support one of our most important areas: endowed scholarships. Scholarships open the door to a world-class medical education for students who might otherwise find that path closed.
On behalf of everyone at the School of Medicine, thank you for your many expressions of support and concern, and for your offers of help. Never has the partnership of our dedicated alumni, family, and friends been more important, and I am grateful for everything you do to make Duke University School of Medicine the extraordinary place it is for learning, research, and care. Please be safe and take care.
With warm wishes,
Mary E. Klotman, BS’76, MD’80, HS’80-’83, HS’83-’85
Dean, Duke University School of Medicine
Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs, Duke University
Heeding the Call:
The School of Medicine Makes a Commitment to Dismantle Racism
The School of Medicine launches a wide-ranging process
aimed at overcoming structural racism
within the school and in the community...
Adapt and Innovate:
Medical Education During a Pandemic
Faculty, staff, and students craft whole new ways
of teaching and learning in order to meet the challenge
of providing a world-class medical education
in the midst of a global pandemic...