The Davison Council is the student government organization for the Duke University School of Medicine. The Council consists of individuals both elected and appointed to handle matters as they pertain to the entire medical school. The elected officials consist of an Executive Board, a President from each of the four classes, 4 additional representatives from each class, an MSTP representative, and a PCLT (Primary Care Leadership Track) representative. In addition, the Davison Council has appointed members that serve on committees such as the Admissions Committee, Curriculum Committee, Graduate and Professional Student Council, Institutional Review Board, and others.
The mission of the Davison Council is to represent and advocate for Duke University medical students and their collective interests. We work to enrich the lives of Duke medical students by supporting student groups, organizing service activities, and sponsoring social events. Through these organizations and events, students get involved in the wider Duke and Durham communities. Social events, including mixers with other Duke graduate programs, the annual Davison Ball (“med school prom”), Spring Fling semi-formal, holiday party, and Deans Olympics keep our student body connected and provide opportunities to have fun with the whole school.
The Davison Council meets monthly to discuss issues related to the medical school. The Council works closely with the Dean of the School of Medicine, the Vice-Dean of Education, and the Chancellor of Health Affairs when student-related issues arise. These administrators and others are often guests at monthly Davison Council meetings where they update students on the latest “behind-the-scenes” developments.