Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity at Duke Med

At Duke, we put immense value on the unique experiences and perspectives that each of our students has to offer. Duke Med students come from all walks of life and bring an impressive array of backgrounds to our school. This diversity is incredibly important to us as students, as we recognize the immeasurably beneficial impact it has on our personal and professional growth, our learning, and the healthcare system as a whole. You can find the Davison Council statement on diversity and information about affinity groups at Duke Med below.

Davison Council Statement on Diversity

The Davison Council is committed to supporting all Duke University medical students equally in their efforts within the medical school and in the wider community. We welcome all student perspectives and beliefs and aim to address student needs for the benefit of the student body as a whole, considering all individuals and groups therein. We strive to promote a welcoming, safe, and inclusive environment for all of the students we represent. We pledge to advocate for all Duke University medical students and represent their interests fairly, regardless of age, sex, national origin, ancestry, disability, race, religion, faith, creed, ethnicity, color, culture, language(s) spoken, immigration status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, marital or parental status, veteran status, or any other identity not listed here.

Cultural and Minority Student Groups

Student National Medical Association (SNMA)

The Duke Student National Medical Association (SNMA) is an entirely student run organization for medical students of color that focuses on supporting their academic success and endeavors around the country. Nationally, we fulfill the promise to addressing the needs of underserved communities, and increasing the number of clinically excellent, culturally competent and socially conscious physicians. Our mission at Duke SNMA is to enrich, empower, and enlighten one another, so that we may not only be leaders within the field of medicine, but also leaders within our local Durham, NC community.

 Some of our notable efforts within the academic year include:

  • Educational Seminars/Residency Panel Discussions
  • MS1-MS3 Pre Clinical and Clinical Advice Sessions
  • Quarterly Student/Resident/Faculty dinners
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Banquet
  • Black History Month Honorary Event
  • Group attendance at annual SNMA-AMEC conference
  • “Blue Table Talks” to address important cultural trends and questions
  • Hands-on community service events with non-profit agencies
  • Partnership with Duke’s Black Graduate and Professional Student Association
  • An environment that encourages both diversity and inclusion

Duke Med Interfaith

We are Duke Med Interfaith, and our mission is to provide a community on campus to allow for inter-religious dialogue, to further understand spirituality as it relates to the practice of medicine and patient care, and to promote mutual understanding of diverse faith traditions through social events, lecture series, and service in the Duke and Durham community. 

We recognize and appreciate our community’s diverse religious backgrounds and many faith traditions. Whether you are a person of faith, of no faith, or are simply curious, we welcome any and all to participate in our events, and we would love the opportunity to hear about your perspective and experience.

If you have questions about religious life on campus, please visit this site. If you would like to know more about Duke Med Interfaith, feel free to reach out to our Co-Presidents: vivian.lei@duke.edu, phifer.nicholson@duke.edu

Asian-Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA)

Duke's chapter of the Asian-Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA) is a student-run organization dedicated to learning about, promoting awareness of, and improving Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) health issues. Since 2005, the Duke APAMSA chapter has been engaged in community outreach, including holding service activities such as bone marrow registry drives, health screenings, and foreign-language health education, as well as pursuing other avenues of cultural discovery. We have recently begun annual events such as an Asian Women in Medicine dialogue, as well as partnerships with Interfaith for religious holiday celebrations, other affiliation groups for panels on fat stigma, and other important conversations. All are welcome! Please reach out to president Jennifer Tu (jennifer.tu@duke.edu) with any questions.

Duke Med Pride

DukeMed Pride is a student-led group consisting of LGBTQIA+ and allied students within the Duke University School of Medicine (DUSOM).

Our mission is to:

  • Provide a supportive environment for sexual and gender diverse students, faculty, staff, and their allies
  • Promote the visibility of the sexual & gender minority (SGM) community within the School of Medicine and Duke Health
  • Facilitate education around health issues relevant to SGM patients
  • Create & pursue opportunities for intersectional activism and community building

DukeMed Pride takes an active role in the School of Medicine recruitment & admissions efforts. Our educational events have included trainings on how students can best serve SGM patients, as well as tabling to distribute pronoun pins. We seek out opportunities to collaborate with fellow student & institutional organizations on intersectional projects, such as past events on toxic masculinity and race, and on fat stigma in healthcare. We also enjoy hosting and attending social gatherings, including Durham’s Pride parade in the fall and local drag shows, among others. Please reach out to president Rheaya Willis (rheaya.willis@duke.edu) with any questions.

Association of Women Surgeons (AWS)

The Duke Chapter of the Association of Women Surgeons is dedicated to providing community, networking events, and educational opportunities for medical students of all genders. We host multiple events each semester, including small group dinners with faculty and residents and service opportunities through our partnership with the Durham Stop the Bleed program. We recently co-hosted the first and second annual AWS Southeast Regional conferences with the University of North Carolina in 2018 and East Carolina University in 2019. We hosted the first annual multidisciplinary AWS Grand Rounds with all of the surgical departments and divisions at Duke in Fall 2019 and are currently planning the second annual event for Fall 2020. We are also looking forward to our wet lab skills workshop in April and recently started a student-to-student mentorship program, pairing first and second year students with upperclassmen applying into their fields of interest to allow for increased interaction between students of different classes and to help students find advice on their specialties of interest. We look forward to meeting you and welcome you to join AWS at our next event! Please contact Hannah Martin (hannah.martin201@duke.edu) with any questions.

American Medical Women's Association (AMWA)

AMWA is an organization of physicians, residents, medical students, undergraduate students, and other healthcare providers created to advance women in medicine and improve women’s health, with a goal of developing leadership, advocacy, education, expertise, mentoring, and strategic alliances. Through involvement in AMWA, students can gain mentorship from near peers, residents, and faculty in order to establish networks. Our members can also be involved at the national level in attending the AMWA national meeting. We are dedicated to community outreach and host several events each year focused on service. Our partnership with the undergraduate chapter allows for development of mentoring relationships.

Members are linked with role models and mentors, as well as specialized professional development programs. AMWA members share the goal of promoting women’s health and advancement in medicine through advocacy, ensuring that these issues are on the agenda at all levels of government. AMWA physician and student members use their professional expertise and leadership capabilities to persuade and influence legislative bodies on issues affecting women’s health.  Please reach out to president Skye Tracey (skye.tracey@duke.edu) with any questions.

Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA)

Duke LMSA aims to advance Latinx health in the local community, train future physicians to better understand the language and culture of Latinx patients, and foster personal and professional relationships among Latinxs across health professions at Duke. We provide education and training through physical exam practice and Café y Conversación sessions for improving language and cultural understanding. We also host a pipeline program, Summer Academy for Latinx United for Diversity (SALUD), to introduce high school students to medical professions. Locally, we participate in health fairs through El Centro Hispano and advocate for policy change through healthcare policy phonebanks. We aim to recruit students who are passionate about Latinx health in Durham and North Carolina, so please reach out with any and all questions! We are excited to have you join our familia. Please reach out to co-president Isabel Prado (ipp3@duke.edu) with any questions.

Resources on Campus

Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity
Center on Biobehavioral Health Disparities Research
Office for Institutional Equity
Duke Health Disparities Consortium
Duke Health Sciences Gay-Straight Alliance
Office for Health Equity & Disparities
Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity
Multicultural Resource Center
Duke Disability Management Office