MD Program Updates

 Preamble:  We are committed to providing clear, transparent, and timely communications to all our students.  Please review the menu items to the right for the most recently available updates.



Weekly Updates


For the week of February 22, 2021, updates and/or references have been made to the following page(s):  








Black History Month
February is Black History Month, and we are all proud to celebrate together! The SNMA members have organized several great events and have kindly shared the recordings from two talks: Dr. Kimberly Manning on “Diversity Re-Imagined” and Dr. John Rich on “Mental Health and PTSD in the Black community.” Additionally, SNMA members have compiled a list of Black owned restaurants, books, and films that we hope you will enjoy throughout the month and beyond. 
Away Rotations
The Coalition for Physician Accountability which includes the AAMC has released updated recommendations for away rotations for the 2021-2022 year. Duke anticipates following these guidelines; we will know more as additional guidance is released. At this time, away rotations cannot begin until after August 1st and each student is limited to a single away rotation. We do not know as of yet what expectations (if any) there will be around documentation of COVID vaccination status or if COVID testing will be required before, during, and after the rotation. Please ensure you keep your vaccine conformation card in a safe place if you have been vaccinated already.


Spring Break
Please see the email from Dr. Narayan from 2/17 detailing the plan for COVID reentry testing MS1s and MS2s after Spring Break (similar to what was done after Winter Break). MS1s will be tested on 3/15, and MS2s on 5/3. You may only return to campus after you have been cleared by student health. Details to follow regarding scheduling.


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.


COVID Vaccination
As you may have seen, Duke Health has now distributed more than 100,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in our work to fight the pandemic! Thank you again to our students who have joined other Duke team members, including faculty, fellows, residents, nurses, and community partners, for all their efforts in helping with vaccination!


Imperfection Sessions
The Wellness Committee has worked with Dr. Bynum and Dr. Nguyen to put together a panel series called "Imperfection Sessions: A Discussion Panel Series with Duke School of Medicine Faculty. The idea behind the series is to showcase vulnerability not only among the students at Duke, but also the faculty, attendings, residents, etc. We want a space for people who students look up to as mentors to share stories about their failures, imposter syndrome, and mental health struggles. The first session will be Wednesday Feb 24th and the topic will be Failure in Medicine.



New TSCHE Study Space for MS1s

We know how valuable it is to spend time learning with one another.  To promote this much needed social interaction, we have made available the 6th floor.  MS1s may sign up via the library reservation system (look for a separate email from Stacey McCorison coming soon and link will be posted on MD Program Updates page). Students must continue to abide by the Duke Compact and policies.  Please always wear a mask, practice social distancing as designated, and do not eat in the space.  Access will be limited to 50 students at a time.  You can gain access through the elevator (stairwell may be locked).  We hope this allows you a safe way to learn together.



By now, you have all heard that plans to relaunch a modified Step 2 CS have been discontinued. The medical education team is considering what impact this will have on how we teach and assess clinical skills for our Duke students. We are engaging with our peer institutions to consider innovative ideas and will keep you updated as we learn more.

The 2021 End of Second-Year OSCE (INTERDIS 203C) will remain scheduled for August, as it serves to provide you valuable feedback about your clinical skills.  More details about this to follow in the coming weeks.



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:


CeLe’s/Dr. Saumil Chudgar’s Student Office Hours for March

Wednesday, March 10, 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Wednesday, March 31, 12:00pm – 1:00pm

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.