The mission of the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) program is 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.

Dual Degrees

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.

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. 

Specialty Tracks

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).

Duke Medical Students Celebrate Match Day 2022

On Friday, March 18, 2022, fourth-year medical students at Duke opened their envelopes and learned where in the country they will complete residency training. The ceremony took place in person this year at Trent Semans Center for Health Education, after two years of virtual ceremonies. Students are headed to some of the nation’s most prestigious residency programs, with 27 matching at Duke.