Equity, diversity and inclusion are not just academic buzzwords. They are an essential component of academic medicine, both to promote equity and fairness among our employees, and to fulfill the School of Medicine's mission for excellence in education, research, and clinical care.

Our Office of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) 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.

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Teamwork and Diversity Award Winners Champion Duke Values


Faculty and staff members honored for making health care more efficient, diverse

The members of Duke’s faculty and staff honored at Tuesday’s Teamwork and Diversity Awards have all played a role in making health care – both at Duke and beyond – more diverse and efficient.

Tweedy Awarded Solomon Carter Fuller Award

Damon Tweedy, MD, has been named the Solomon Carter Fuller Award recipient for his pioneering work in addressing disparities in the medical profession. Dr. Tweedy, an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University School of Medicine, is a New York Times bestselling author of the book Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine. Dr.

Programs Combat Bias, Boost STEM Success for Targeted Students

Several research universities are leveraging targeted programs and data analysis to improve the representation and achievement levels of minority, low-income and first-generation college students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, according to three researchers who presented results at the 2017 AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston.

Physician-Scientist Kafui Dzirasa featured in “Black Men in White Coats” video

Physician-scientist Kafui Dzirasa, MD, PhD, is featured in a new video as part of the “Black Men in White Coats” video series. Dzirasa, who earned his Ph.D. and M.D. from Duke, is an assistant professor in the departments of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and neurobiology and a member of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences. He was among 106 researchers in 2016 to receive the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from former President Barack Obama.

School of Medicine Employees Receive Campus-Wide Diversity Awards

From breathing new life into the West Union to starting a departmental blog about diversity and inclusion, Duke employees are being recognized for their teamwork and diversity efforts over the past year.

Two of Duke’s highest honors, the Teamwork and Diversity awards, are presented every year to employees who foster collaboration, cooperation and open communication as a team or demonstrate a respect and value for differing backgrounds and points of view.

Spreading the Seeds of Change

Last week, more than 50 School of Medicine (SoM) faculty, staff and students – most members of the school’s Inclusion Council – attended a symposium, “Leading Diversity and Inclusion Change:  A Call to Action,” hosted by the SoM Office of Diversity & Inclusion.

Duke Physicians featured in “Black Men in White Coats” video series

Although the number of black men graduating from college continues to increase, the number of black men applying to medical school has dropped during the past 4 decades. Last year, the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) released a report focused on this issue entitled, “Altering the Course: Black Males in Medicine.” In it, the AAMC reports that in 2014 1,337 black males applied to medical school compared to 1,410 in 1978.