MD Program Updates

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Weekly Updates


For September 23, 2021, updates and/or references have been made to the following page(s):  





Hope you all are doing well! Have a few updates and announcements to share.  As always, please reach out with any questions or concerns.


At Duke Health, we recognize Hispanic Latino Heritages from Sept. 15 – Oct. 15.  Commonly referred to as National Hispanic Heritage Month, it traditionally honors both Hispanic and Latino Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.  The day of Sept. 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18.  During this month, we recognize the history, heritage and accomplishments of Hispanic and Latino Americans of past and present.


NEW research opportunities search tool

Thanks to the Office of Physician-Scientist Development and the Third Year Team for developing this excellent new tool to search for research opportunities.  This tool allows you to search by keyword or faculty member, as well as links you to learner mentees who have made themselves available as contacts for you.  This is a great tool to begin exploring how to make the most of your Third Year.  Please see the attached document for detailed instructions on how to access.


Y2Q Survey

Calling all MS2s – please complete the Y2Q survey, which will be sent to you by the AAMC and is open starting Oct 1.  This confidential survey asks about your experiences during MS1 year.  Thank you for participating and sharing your feedback on learning climate, adjustments to medical school, and future career plans.  


Musculoskeletal Medicine: Interprofessional Case Presentation on Tuesday 9-28-21 from 6-7:30 Zoom

The IPE Team is recruiting up to 12 MD students to join them for an interprofessional learning experience. Learners will work together to apply clinical reasoning skills across disciplines through a musculoskeletal case focused on the clinical examination (methods, tests, and suspected results). The session will also include an interprofessional panel discussion to conclude the session. No specific musculoskeletal experience required. This is the 1st in a series of opportunities in development on topics in musculoskeletal care and we hope you will consider joining us. If your clinical schedule prohibits participating at this time, more opportunities will be available in the near future. 

This is available for MS3 and MS4 students who do NOT otherwise have clinical or research duties scheduled at that time.  

Please use the following link to confirm your interest/availability. Once the 12 spots available are claimed, we will create a waiting list and fill in spots if/when available prior to the event.

Feel free to reach out to Dr. Heflin with questions at . 


Research Award Winners

We are pleased to announce that Madison Krischak and Krunal Amin were the recipients of this year’s GSK James D Palmer Research Award.  Madison’s research utilized a preclinical lung transplant model to evaluate the therapeutic implications of adenoviral gene therapy to modify lung grafts to reduce post-operative complications. Krunal’s research utilized a natural language processing machine learning algorithm to develop and validate a clinical support tool for the identification and risk stratification of patients with potential pulmonary embolism. The GSK James D Palmer Award endowed scholarship, which comes with a $10,000 award, recognizes outstanding research related to pulmonary disease performed during the scholarly research experience. 




Please thank our Environmental Services team members during EVS week (and any day)!  If you have not already, please review an uplifting 15 min documentary about our own Duke EVS team members sharing how they serve our patients.  Excellent lessons for us all on the value of being there for our patients.




June is LGBTQ+ PRIDE Month 

At Duke School of Medicine, we take this time to celebrate the strength, courage, and diversity of the LGBTQ+ students, staff, faculty, and patients we have the privilege of working with each day. We are committed to creating a fully inclusive environment where members of our community feel truly supported and valued for all parts of their identity. We recognize that many individuals who are LGBTQ+ also carry other minoritized identities with them (e.g., race, gender, religion, SES, body size, and more). We have also heard of the personal risk that is often felt when coming out to others, and admire the bravery required for an LGBTQ+ person to openly be themselves. The positive impact this has on providing a caring environment for our LGBTQ+ community cannot be overstated. Know that we continue to be dedicated to providing an open, caring environment for our LGBTQ+ community – one where concealment is not necessary, and where all can be proud to be themselves. Though Raleigh Pride’s celebrations have been cancelled this year due to COVID-19, we look forward to celebrating this Fall for Durham Pride. Activities around the triangle to celebrate PRIDE month are available at this link. Be sure to follow @dukemdprogram on Instagram for posts all month featuring members of @dukemedpride! Happy Pride!!!


Patient FIRST Curriculum Innovation Updates

  • The fully new MS1 year has been approved and will begin this August! The year starts with the Immersion course, followed by the intentionally integrated Foundations of Patient Care 1 and 2 courses (FPC1 and 2).  FPC1 and 2 include the biomedical sciences, as well as CSF, CDHD, and LEAD.  Our goal is more meaningful integration across these courses focused on the patient and their context, with enhanced clinical correlations.
  • Proposals are being developed for the new MS2 year.  The main principles include increasing longitudinal ambulatory learning for all students, enhancement of student support for formative and professional growth, and opportunities for individualized learning.  Proposals will be finalized and presented to the Curriculum Reform Steering Committee and Curriculum Committee over the next year.  Portions of the new MS2 may begin earliest Aug 2022.
  • The Patient FIRST MS3 Taskforce is being launched.  The goal is to clarify our vision for what research/discovery means and looks like in the current and future times, and how we can best support student opportunities and growth in discovery. 
  • The Patient FIRST Assessment Taskforce is also being launched.  In light of our planned curriculum innovations, the goal is to develop a strategic plan for formative and summative assessment across clinical education over the four years of medical school.  Ideally, the assessment strategic plan should allow for objective and transparent methods that mitigate bias, while allowing us to recognize the diversity of excellence amongst our students.  The assessment strategic plan should also best support our students in successful applications for residency programs, allowing programs to efficiently and effectively recognize the unique strengths of each of our students.
  • All initiatives include student representation from the Student Advisory Council and Curriculum Committee student reps.  A HUGE thank you to all the students on the Council and Curr Comm for their essential contributions and partnerships.  We ask the student reps to share back with their peers regarding progress and interim feedback.  
  • Any questions, please contact Dr. Narayan.


TSCHE Building Announcements

We are happy to report that based on University guidance, we are allowed to unlock all the doors in the TSCHE building. Access is provided 6 am to 6 pm without a badge, and until 10 pm with a badge.  Other items of note:

  • The sixth-floor reservation system is no longer needed.
  • Masking is required in the building, as is social distancing.
  • NOSH hopes to reopen June 7th, 8 am to 3 pm.  This is subject to their ability to hire additional help, but we are all hopeful.
  • Food is allowed to be eaten in the building but PLEASE use all necessary precautions.
  • Please feel free to use any space that is not booked, please disinfect as you enter and leave. EVS will provide product in each room.
  • Media Services contuse to visit each room to make sure IT is working, if you have difficulty, please feel free to contact Sharon Kaiser or Darren Taylor.
  • Scott Karl will be transferring to another position in Facilities as of June 15th, please direct inquiries to for the time being.
  • Staff will be working in a hybrid model in most of the offices with some working remotely during the next 90 days. Please contact anyone you are wishing to see ahead of time.
  • If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Stacey McCorison.


Duke School of Medicine Student Research Symposium (MedSym) August 6th 8am-4pm

  • Keynote by Dr. Kafui Dzirasa during general session from 8-9:30
  • Student poster presentations 10-11:30, 12:30-2, 2:30-4

The Duke Interprofessional Education and Care (IPEC) Center Opportunities

IPEC is accepting applications for the Student Advisory Committee with representatives from the other health professions programs for collaboration and development of innovative interprofessional education programs.  

Use this Application Link Or via QR code found on advertisement link

  • Applications open now until June 18
  • Open to students of all levels of training and experience
  • Additional information, please contact: 

Applications for North Carolina Medical Society’s Interprofessional Future Clinician Leaders College for the coming year are due July 30!  For more details about the program, go to the NCMS website or email Dr. Heflin at






Congratulations to the Class of 2021
  • There will be a celebration May 8th at 6 pm outside Duke South hospital for our graduating MS4s. This event will be taped, livestreamed and individual pictures will be taken.
  • Great news! Students are allowed 2 guests. Please click here for all the details from Dr. Haynes’s email April 10. 
  • TIMELY-Graduation Regalia open for ordering only until MONDAY, APRIL 12. Go to this website for details.
  • We are so proud of our graduates and wish you well on your continued journey!


Instagram takeovers from our students
Kudos to our students for showing our community what their day looks like as well as answering questions on the live stories. If you don’t already consider following dukemdprogram on Instagram. Reach out to to get involved

Check out this video made by the Duke Med Class of 2024 for second-look weekend. Our students are so incredibly talented!


Cures Act
On April 11, 2021, as a result of changes mandated by the 21st Century Cures Act, almost all Duke Health hospital and clinic notes, lab tests, pathology results, and radiology results will be delivered to Duke MyChart accounts as soon as reports are finalized in Maestro Care. This includes student progress notes after review and co-signature by your attending. Please ensure that you are continuing to identify a co-signer on your progress notes. Please be thoughtful with your documentation practices and speak to your attending or clerkship director if you have questions. Please see this tip sheet for additional information on writing an open note.
Financial Aid
Please see email from Lori Crooks on 4.7.21 for Updated Scholarship and Student Loan Repayment Options


Latin-19 Volunteer Update and Opportunity
Picture from Duke students volunteering to vaccinate the Latinx community through the Latin-19, Latinx Advocacy Team and Interdisciplinary Network for Covid-19 Vaccination team. Thanks to the students who participated and to Dr. Corsino for sharing!
  • April 17 large vaccination event in Raleigh. Spanish speaking volunteers preferred but not mandatory. Sign up here. Duke Health Vaccinators choose Latino Credit Union, St Raphael and outdoor Cathedral drive through as first choice. Multiple other sites available.
  • Members of the communidad latina who would like to be vaccinated register here or call the Hispanic Federation at (844) 432-9832


Congrats and Accolades
Congratulations to the Class of 2021 for Match Day! You handled the vast unknown of a virtual residency application season with impressive flexibility.  We are so pleased for you and wish each of you the best in the next phase of your career.  

Accolades to the Student Faculty Show team! Thanks for pulling off another amazing Duke Med event.  It is such a pleasure to enjoy the talents of our students and take time to laugh with you.  We are grateful for the generous contributions for El Futuro, an outstanding resource for our community – over $18,000 raised!! 

Accolades to the Second Look Weekend and Medical Families organizers and presenters! It was amazing to see so many prospective students and student families coming to learn more about Duke Med.  Thanks for all the hours and planning for such a successful weekend.


Graduation Celebration
The Student Affairs team is working on identifying University-approved ways to celebrate our graduates for this incredibly meaningful milestone.  Please know we are thinking of you and will be in touch with plans soon.


Conversations with Colleagues: Addressing Hate Crimes Against the Asian American Community
In response to the events of last week, the DUH Department of Case Management and Clinical Social Work is hosting a new series. This one hour session is open to all students and faculty. This can be viewed on intranet at

Tuesday 3/30 1-2pmWednesday 3/31 8-9amThursday 4/1 4-5pm , Friday 4/2 12-1pmMonday 4/5 2-3pm


Update to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) told NASFAA that students seeking to enroll in the temporarily expanded program should apply in the state in which they are currently living and attending school.  View instructions on how to apply.  



LATIN-19 Volunteer Opportunity
LATIN-19, the Latinx Advocacy Team and Interdisciplinary Network for Covid-19 are in the planning process of several vaccination events to reach out to the Latinx community and are recruiting volunteers. These events would happen under the supervision of a Duke School of Medicine faculty.  If you are interested in signing up to be a vaccination volunteer, please register to this link:
MD Webpages Redesign and Communications Enhancement Initiative
Andrea Martin, Senior Communications Strategist with School of Medicine, is developing a new communication plan for our MD program. This includes redesigning all of our webpages to be more focused, functional, and useful, and also enhancing student engagement on creating content for social media and/or blogs.  If you have feedback or are interested in learning more about how you can be engaged in this process, please contact her at 

TSCHE Study Space

We know how valuable it is to spend time learning with one another. We have made the 6th floor available for up to 10 students at a time. Students may sign up via the library reservation system. As always, no food or drink is allowed, social distancing is required along with a mask. You should leave furniture where it is placed. Please remember to clean your workspace before and after each use. Use of the elevators is encouraged vs. using the stairs as some of the doors get locked without our prior knowledge. For any issues with the space, please contact our Building Manager. We hope this allows you a safe way to learn together.


NCCARE360 is being rolled out over the next several months.  If your clinical unit is in one of the pilot phases, your supervisors can share with you their workflow for NCCARE360.  The patient or guardian must complete a Duke release of information form and the NCCARE360 consent before referrals may be made through this system. Please check with your supervisor on the clinical area’s workflow for these consents.  Once consents are complete, then care team members will be able to route referrals through the system using the NCCARE360 icon in MaestroCare. You may ask your supervisor if your clinical unit is in the pilot and if you are able to place referrals.  We support and encourage the role of medical students to help the care team in this manner, but again depends on the pilot workflow (pilot sites listed below).  On March 2, all pilot sites will be live with developing workflows. We encourage you to review the following asynchronous modules to help prepare you to participate if your unit allows.    

Pilot Sites:

  • Duke Family Medicine
  • All Duke Endocrine clinics in phases
  • Duke Raleigh Cancer
  • Duke Outpatient Clinic
  • Roxboro Road Peds (primary care only)
  • Clinic 1K (led by nursing and SW)


Module 1 - What are social and behavioral drivers of health? 

  • What is their Impact on Health and Health Outcomes? 
  • Why should health professionals and health systems address SBDoH? 
  • Connecting value-based care to organizational priorities 


Module 2 - Key considerations in implementing NCCARE360 

  • Screening for SBDoH and Clinical Workflows 
  • Where do I document SBDoH? 
  • What screening questions will my clinical area ask? Who will ask them?  


Module 3 - Emotional and cultural literacy  

  • Having difficult conversations with sensitivity 


Module 4 - Using NCCARE360 in Maestro Care  

  • How to use NCCare360 in Maestro Care 
  • How to Consent patients to use NCCare360 


CeLe’s/Dr. Nancy Knudsen’s Student Office Hours for February, March and April

Wednesday, February 24, 12:30pm – 2:00pm

Wednesday, March 24, 12:30pm – 2:00pm

Wednesday, April 7, 12:30pm – 2:00pm

Wednesday, April 21, 12:30pm – 2:00pm

Zoom link:



TSCHE Access
Gentle reminder that everyone (students, faculty, and staff) must complete their SymMon app response BEFORE entering TSCHE.  Thank you for helping us stay safe and efficient!


New secured outdoor seating near hospital; new entry instructions for Trent Semans Center and Seeley Mudd Building

On Wednesday, August 19, Duke Health will open a secured outdoor seating area between the Duke Medicine Pavilion (DMP), Trent Semans Center and Seeley Mudd Building (Searle Center/Medical Center Library).

Faculty, staff, students, patients and visitors who have entered the hospital through one of the approved screening locations will be able to access this new space through the DMP or Duke North/Duke Central Tower entrances. These doors will remain unlocked 24/7, allowing re-entry to the hospital. (Smoking is not permitted in this space.)

Faculty, staff, and students who park in the Bryan Parking Deck or who need access to the Seeley Mudd Building or Trent Semans Center must use one of the main hospital or clinic entrances as their daily entry point, then make their way through the new secured space and to the front door of the Trent Semans Center or Seeley Mudd Building. Building hours will be posted on entry doors to the Trent Semans Center and Seeley Mudd Building.



Student Verification Requirements.

Two times a year, we request that students verify their personal information. The verification process adds a hold to your record that prevents any spring 2021 enrollment activity - fall 2020 registration will not be impacted. You will still be able to view your class schedule, view financial aid, and pay your bursar bill before you verify. Please disregard this message if you have already completed the verification process.

To complete the verification process:

Log into
Click on the "Select to complete Student Verification" link in the orange notification section on your homepage in DukeHub.

Special Notes:

Once you have completed the verification process, the message on your DukeHub homepage should disappear. If not, log out of DukeHub and log back in - the message should then disappear.
Instructions for completing student verification can be found here:

For any questions or concerns, please contact us at



COVID Travel Policies

All Doctor of Medicine program students are required to complete the provided attestation (COVID 19 Safety Plan) and comply with the policies put forth in the Student Responsibilities for Approved Classroom Activities



Official guidance from the School of Medicine regarding making decisions about community service activities:

It speaks to the Duke spirit that so many of you are seeking opportunities to volunteer at this crucial time, and we encourage you to find ways to make contributions in your own time while ensuring that you take steps to minimize the risks to yourself and others. If you decide to pursue a volunteer opportunity that might expose you to the COVID-19 virus, such as working in a testing laboratory or any direct community work, please seriously consider your responsibilities and communicate to your colleagues, fellow students and mentors. If you develop symptoms, refer to and follow the directions contained there.

Finally, please be aware that any future instructions from the state and federal governments, for example regarding sheltering in place, take precedence over the guidance above.