New Faculty Orientation

Registration for the 2022-2023 School of Medicine Academic New Faculty Orientation (NFO) series is now open!



Academic New Faculty Orientation features tailored pathways to support the unique needs of clinicians and basic scientists. Topics include: 

  • Getting to know the institution and the organizational structure
  • The History of Duke School of Medicine and Durham
  • Supporting a climate of equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Starting a lab and working with trainees
  • Appointments, Promotion, and Tenure
  • Navigating a career as a researcher 
  • Mentoring and career development resources
  • Expectations and resources for faculty professionalism
  • Opportunities to network with peers and senior leaders
  • And more!

​​​​Orientation for ALL School of Medicine faculty kicks off on October 25, 2:00-4:30pm, in the Great Hall of the Trent Semans Center. Following the kickoff, sessions will be held approximately monthly.

At registration you will be prompted to select the pathway that best describes your faculty role. These pathways are suggestions to take the guesswork out of registration and to make sure the content you receive is tailored toward how you spend your time. See a session that is outside your pathway but feels relevant? E-mail and we will forward you the calendar invite.

All sessions are open to any faculty who wish to attend.

Register here

All SOM faculty are strongly encouraged to attend these sessions within their first three years on faculty. While content specifically targets faculty hired in the past several years, all are welcome and many of the topics addressed are applicable to faculty regardless of career stage.

We know you’re busy. The series will be held monthly with a mix of in-person and virtual sessions to make it easier for you to attend. Individual calendar invites will be sent post-registration

These sessions complement existing PDC and departmental onboarding efforts. Faculty with clinical appointments should continue to work with their PDC Integration Coordinator on clinical onboarding activities. Faculty conducting research should also connect with the Duke Office of Research Initiatives to schedule a 1:1 researcher onboarding session.

We are also partnering with the Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion to pilot a series of community building sessions for faculty from underrepresented racial and ethnic backgrounds to network and connect across departments. If you are a new faculty member from an underrepresented racial or ethnic background please contact to sign up. 

Questions can be sent to the School of Medicine Office for Faculty at

Though we strongly encourage you to attend every session in the series, we understand that conflicts happen. When possible, recordings will be shared online.