Our Office of Diversity & Inclusion is committed to building an environment where all students, faculty, and staff from varying backgrounds and life experiences feel belonging, engaged, and productive. The Multicultural Resource Center and the IDEALS office help us further this commitment.
As an academic medical center, it is our responsibility to train and mentor future clinicians and scientists who reflect, understand and appreciate diversity. We live in an aging and diversifying nation where disparities can limit healthcare access and lead to disproportionately poor outcomes. Addressing health disparities, improving community health, and leading efforts to eliminate health inequalities are essential to the School of Medicine and Duke Health's mission. The Duke University School of Medicine works to attract and retain a diverse cadre of outstanding talent who positively impact how we teach, and learn and serve in an increasingly diverse world.
- Wellness Resources & Support Services: All students in the Duke University School of Medicine have access to a number of well-being, mental, physical and mindful services and resources. Find help or learn more about how to reach out.
- Reporting Mistreatment & Misconduct: Students are encouraged to report mistreatment that occurs in their courses and in their clinical education.
- Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) works to achieve and deliver a culturally competent medical education.
Dr. Bryan Batch, a Duke endocrinologist and researcher, studies treating metabolic disorders (like diabetes) with non-pharmacological approaches. But, she says, her parents’ medical professions, and the hard work that went into them, resulted in her not wanting to pursue science at all as a child.
When she took biology in middle school however, it clicked. It didn’t feel like “the slog of math,” she says, because she enjoyed studying life in its different forms. This infatuation with science combined with a love for other people pushed her to pursue medicine.
Thirteen Duke scientists, including eight members of the Duke University School of Medicine, appeared in a new list of 1,000 inspiring Black scientists in the United States. Cell Mentor, a blog and online resource for researchers, composed the list to showcase the contributions Black scientists make to the scientific community.
Duke University School of Medicine Dean Mary E. Klotman, MD, talks with co-founders of Duke’s LATIN-19 initiative Viviana S. Martinez-Bianchi, MD, Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health, and Gabriela Maradiaga Panayotti, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Latinx community and LATIN-19’s organized efforts to advocate for needs of this community of people.
The School of Medicine Office for Faculty is pleased to announce the 2021 ADVANCE-UP Scholars!
Duke University School of Medicine (SOM) leaders, faculty and staff discussed approaches for dismantling racism during an hour-long, virtual town hall on Monday, Dec. 7. The discussion was part of Moments to Movement – Duke Health’s collective stand against systemic racism and injustice.
On Transgender Day of Remembrance, the culmination of Transgender Awareness Week, the Duke University School of Medicine honors and commemorates the lives of the transgender and gender non-binary community lost to deadly violence over the past year. There is much work still left to do. Today, we also want to recognize the remarkable courage, tenacity, and joy this group has brought to our society.
One of 26 early-career scientists recognized by the Boston publication this year
Mark Sendak, MD, the leader of Population Health & Data Science at the Duke Institute for Health Innovation, has been named one of this year’s STAT Wunderkinds by the Boston-based biomedical news site, for his work on making data science in healthcare applicable to all users and all kinds of patients.
Leadership and faculty from Duke Ob/Gyn meet with Congressional leaders to address Black maternal health
Leadership and faculty from Duke Ob/Gyn met virtually with the office of Rep. Alma Adams (D-NC-12) to discuss their clinical work and research to address Black maternal health and to improve health outcomes for pregnant women. Rep. Adams is co-chair and co-founder of the Black Maternal Health Caucus, along with Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-IL-14). Reps.
Nikki Mahendru’s mother didn’t go to the gynecologist for 45 years — and when she did, she regretted it. Ms. Mahendru felt “decades of anxieties and hesitancy reduced to five minutes of brisk interaction with her provider,” and left convinced that the “realm of women’s health was just not for her.” According to Nikki, a Duke University undergraduate, her mother’s “trust in the system was lost.”
The moment has finally arrived for the United States biomedical research enterprise to directly confront structural racism in scientific funding, according to Duke neuroscientist Kafui Dzirasa, MD, PhD, K. Ranga Rama Krishnan Association Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.