Facilities, Meeting Rooms and Event Scheduling

Trent Semans Center for Health Education

The Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans Center for Health Education is the main educational facility for the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) program. The six-story, 104,000-square-foot health education building opened to students in 2013 and features a floor dedicated to simulation laboratories that can transform from mock clinical exam rooms to surgery suites and emergency rooms.

Medical education administrative offices are located on 8 Searle Center Drive, Durham, NC 27710, behind the Bryan Research building and next to the Medical Center Library & Archives.

Ground Floor
Featuring a prominent entrance on Research Drive and the Great Hall, a multi-purpose event venue with moveable interior walls, flexible seating for approximately 380 and wireless and audiovisual technology.  A large atrium offers an attractive lobby and the additional event space as well as a monumental staircase which extends 30-feet upward to the second floor.

Floorplan - TSCHE - ground floor

First Floor Mezzanine
With a balcony overlooking the Great Hall, this floor serves as a gallery viewing area and informal gathering space. It also houses the Media Core,The Office of Clinical Education and Learning Environment, as well as men’s and women’s restrooms and showers.

Floorplan - TSCHE - 1st floor


Second Floor
With a welcoming entrance just off the Duke Hospital-Duke Clinic walkway, this floor has access to Research Drive and Duke Medicine Pavilion. It offers Nosh@the Jo Rae Cafe as well as informal seating areas. Generally used for student learning and lectures, The Learning Hall, a 160-seat Team-Based Learning (TBL) Center features wide stadium-style tiers accommodating stationary tables and moveable chairs. TBL students complete assigned reading and return to the Learning Hall prepared to work in teams to solve clinical problems. They are tested before, during, and after each session, both individually and as a group, Teams stay together throughout the first year of the Doctor of Medicine curriculum.


Floorplan - TSCHE - 2nd Floor

Third Floor
An open staircase leads from the second to the third floor, featuring a conference room 6 teaching laboratories, 6 small group work rooms, and 1 large classroom, all of which may be utilized as formal and informal teaching spaces.  Rooms are flexible with moveable tables and chairs and room dividing walls in some. The suite for the Office of  the Vice Dean for Education is also located on this floor.

Floorplan - TSCHE - 3rd Floor


Fourth Floor
On this floor, prospective medical students will receive their first impression of Duke in the suite for the Office of Admissions for the Doctor of Medicine program. As the hub of community life in the School of Medicine, this floor features a Student Life area complete with a kitchen, TV area, lockers, meeting spaces, and quiet areas. A large rooftop terrace offers outdoor social space for students, faculty and staff. Throughout their time in the School of Medicine, Doctor of Medicine students will have access to the Student Affairs suite for group educational and social activities, as well as one-on-one academic counseling with their respective Advisory Dean. The Medical Education Information Technology Help-Desk Office is also located on this floor. 


Floorplan - TSCHE -4th Floor


Fifth Floor
High-tech simulation facilities on this floor will be used by medical and other graduate health professions students, medical residents and faculty who will learn and practice new procedures. This floor also houses the Standardized Patient Program, where patient actors provide students with realistic clinical skills practice. The floor is designed with separate entrances, training, and assessment areas so that patient actors and students encounter each other only in the exam room setting.

Floorplan - TSCHE - 5th Floor


Sixth Floor
This area has 10,000 square feet of space furnished with chairs and tables as well as additional seating areas. The space will be used predominantly as study space but is also utilized for academic and extra-curricular activities and events.

The Trent Semans Center does not have dedicated parking. Users of the facility may be dropped off at the west entrance of the building on Searle Center Drive, with handicap accessibility at this entrance.

The following parking garages may be utilized for visitors attending events at TSCHE:

Parking Garage I: Trent Drive across from Duke Clinic and Duke Medicine Pavilion
Parking Garage II: Erwin Road access from Duke University Hospital
Parking Garage IX: Research Drive Garage: Research Drive and Erwin Road

Visitors are responsible for all parking expenses assessed at the prevailing rate. The Trent Semans Center does not reimburse for any parking expenses. Please be advised any vehicle parked outside the Trent Semans Center is considered parked illegally and will be subject to ticketing and/or towing at the expense of the owner. Additional information on parking services may be found online: http://parking.duke.edu/parking/visitor/index.php.

Map to PG1 parking for the Trent Semans Center

Meeting Rooms

The Trent Semans Center for Health Education offers conference rooms, classrooms, the Learning Hall and the Great Hall for School of Medicine related administrative, academic and clinical meetings as well as special events. School of Medicine conference rooms and classrooms that are available for use across campus are listed at 25liveIf you are not directed immediately to the list, please select School of Medicine - All from the drop down menu under the Find Locations by Name tab. 


A signed agreement is also required to complete reservations for space in TSCHE. Please see the Policies for Use page prior to submitting your request. School of Medicine education and /or academic program events have priority over all other scheduling in the building.  Classrooms, conference rooms, the Learning Hall and Great Hall are fully functional, wired multimedia spaces with presentation and teleconference capabilities.  A sampling of available spaces are listed below.

View the Duke University Principles Governing Internal Room Use Fees.

Room rental costs: 

TSCHE Great Hall pricing including setup/breakdown time:

Space up to five hours (Half Day): $800; AV support 1–4 hours (Half-Day) $400
Space over five hours (Full Day): $1500; AV support 5-8 hours (Full-Day) $800

Great Hall - Max Capacity: 350

The Great Hall may be used as a single room (350 capacity) or as three smaller rooms (48 capacity each). 


View of the Great Hall from above, set up with 3 cols of chairs & 2 aisles with a podium on a riser before a big screen


All other TSCHE space including setup/breakdown time:


Up to five hours (Half Day): $150 per hour for space; $100 per hour for AV support
five hours (Full day): $750 for space; $100 per hour for AV support


Room set up and break down

Certain rooms require set-up and break down time. Set up and/or breakdown assistance may be provided by Storr Office Environments, 919-313-3890, dukerequests@storr.com or by preferred caterers, at their discretion, with your catering order. SOM Room Scheduling determines set-up and break down times. Please contact SOM Room Scheduling, 919-943-1779, somroomscheduling@duke.edu should you need further instructions or clarification.


You are responsible for any damages to the facility and/or equipment. Damages will be billed directly to the payment method. Medical Education Room Scheduling will ensure the facility’s equipment is functioning properly and offer instructions upon request prior to the event start. 

Event Setup and Breakdown
Allow up to 2 hours before and after event. Users are required to coordinate set up and breakdown with one of the following trained and preferred caterers.   If you are not using a caterer for your event, it should be noted that TSCHE does not provide any setup of events.  Assistance can only be provided by use of Storr listed on the approved caterer menu.  A person responsible for your event will need to meet their representative on-site to provide direction.  Events may be set by members of your team, but it is also a requirement to remove any and all objects directly after your event.  Failure to do so will result in our contacting Storr, charging for removal and any additional time will be billed accordingly to your existing reservation.


Preferred Caterers are required to be used for all events in the Great Hall of the Trent Semans Center for Health Education.  Caterers not on the preferred caterers listing may deliver to rooms and/or spaces throughout the building with approval from School of Medicine Administration.

AV Support

If you require onsite AV support, you will be charged for service.  You will not be charged for issues related to multimedia equipment operation or needs for repair/ resolution provided negligence is not determined to be the cause by our IT department.

*Please note that any video streaming and/or recording support service is provided by our Med Ed IT department only. This service will be charged the rates as outlined on the event contract.

Requests may be made to:

Should you need to cancel an event and AV support (if requested), please contact the Room Scheduling office via email or phone. If we receive cancellation notice at least a minimum of 48 hours prior to your start time, payment will be canceled. If we receive cancellation notice less than 48 hours of your event start date, Medical Education reserves the right to retain full payment for all services requested via the fund code provided at reservation request.  We will not be responsible for fund code changes during or after the event.  Billing to the provided fund code occurs the month following the actual date of the event.

Pets and/or Animals

With the exception of ADA approved service animals, pets and/or other animals are not allowed in the Trent Semans Center for Health Education.


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Physician Assistant Program Building

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Interprofessional Education Building

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Erwin Square

Erwin Square

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Hudson Building

Hudson Building at Duke Eye Center

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