Institutional Resources to Support Professionalism

The following institutional resources help support a culture of professionalism within the School of Medicine.  This is not a complete list, but is designed to guide you toward people and documents who can help manage any incidents of unprofessional behavior.

You can report a concern anytime via Duke’s Integrity in Action and Speak Up Program.  Contact 800-826-8109 to discuss your question or report your concern.  The toll-free number is administered by a third party, Compliance Line and is a confidential and anonymous, if you choose, service provided 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.  You may also use the online form Speak Up Reporting to report your concern anonymously.

Office for Institutional Equity (OIE)

Concerns about harassment, compliance in the areas of equal opportunity or affirmative action should be directed to OIE


Ombudsperson – The Ombudspeople offer neutral and confidential guidance on a variety of issues for all students and faculty at Duke.


           Ombuds for All Faculty & Staf

           Jessica Kuchta-Miller
           University Ombuds

           Ombuds for Students (Excluding School of Medicine)

           Keegan Cary
           Student Ombudsperson

           Ombuds for School of Medicine Students and Post-Doctoral Appointees

           Jean Spaulding, M.D.
           Associate Consulting Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

About the Ombuds Office

Office of Diversity & Inclusion (ODI)

Offers assistance in creating diversity strategic plans, searches, and providing education and coaching on unconscious bias.



Personal Assistance Service (PAS)

This is a resources for faculty, staff and their immediate family members to receive free and confidential short term counseling.  The staff at PAS can help with personal or work related issues.



Employee Occupational Health & Wellness (EOHW)

919-684-3136 (option #2)


DUHS Professional Accountability Program (PACT)

Scope: Designed to promote the highest standards of professional conduct and ethical behavior and support the delivery of high quality patient-centered care through improved communication and teamwork.


                William J. Richardson, MD, Co-Director




                Diana McNeill, MD, Co-Director




                Cynthia Gordon, RN, Administrative Director




DUHS Compliance Office

Scope: Joint Commission, Patient Privacy



Duke Office of Audit, Risk and Compliance Office (OARC)



Scientific Misconduct



Conflict of Interest



School of Medicine Senior Leadership


Select Duke Policies

Policy on Prohibited Discrimination, Harassment, and Related Misconduct

Policy on the Appropriate Treatment of Learners


See the Duke University Faculty Handbook for:

Policies related to research – Chapter 5

Conflict of Interest – Appendix O

Guideline for Authorship and Authorship Dispute Resolution – Appendix P

Consensual Relationships – Appendix Z


Select Policies on Faculty Professionalism in Education

AAMC Compact Between Resident Physicians and Their Teachers

ACGME Common Program Requirements – Professionalism expectations of faculty

North Carolina Medical Board Position Statements: Medical Supervisor–Trainee Relationship