Duke's Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) Program seeks to prepare a diverse student body to pursue a spectrum of medical career options in order to become physician leaders who can advance biomedical research and improve local, national, and global health.
This is accomplished in part, through an innovative curriculum in which students learn the core basic sciences in the first year, complete core clinical clerkships in the second year, devote the entire third year to scholarly investigation, and fulfill elective rotations in the fourth year.
By condensing the traditionally structured training from four years into three, students are provided ample opportunity to pursue their own independent interests. Many students earn a second degree during this time, graduating with an MBA, Master of Public Health or Master of Science in addition to the Doctor of Medicine degree.
This curriculum has kept Duke's School of Medicine among the top medical schools in the country.
- Primary Care Leadership Track
- Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD)
- Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship Program
- Medicine in Singapore
- Dual Degrees
The Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD) and the Primary Care Leadership Track are both program that must be applied to during the initial School of Medicine Admissions process. Learn more about each program below.
Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD)
The Duke Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP), trains highly qualified students as physician-scientists, equipping them for solving problems in human disease using the approaches and techniques of the basic biomedical and social sciences.
Primary Care Leadership Track
This unique 4-year program works to train primary care leaders who can enter residency prepared to engage with communities and practices to help improve health outcomes.
Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship Program
Available to second-year students with applications done during first year, students learn the core skills of doctoring by following a large panel of patients longitudinally, over substantial time (as opposed to traditional blocks). Students see patients through all phases of diagnosis and treatment, including hospitalizations, discharge follow-up and even home visits.
Pursuing Medicine in Singapore
The Duke-NUS (National University of Singapore) Medical School is Singapore’s only US-style graduate-entry medical school, drawing on the rich medical and research training of Duke University in North Carolina and outstanding resources at the National University of Singapore. Graduates of the Doctor of Medicine (MD) program are awarded a joint MD degree by Duke and NUS.
Opportunities for Dual Degrees
Duke's highly flexible curriculum gives students an opportunity to pursue a second degree while enrolled in medical school. About 40 percent of Duke medical students graduate with two degrees.