Why Choose Duke

Take the next step toward becoming the health care professional you want to be, and the one we need. Your journey begins here.

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Discover Your Passion

Established in 1930, Duke University School of Medicine is the youngest of the nation’s top medical schools. Ranked sixth among medical schools in the nation, the School takes pride in being an inclusive community of outstanding learners, investigators, clinicians, and staff where interdisciplinary collaboration is embraced and great ideas accelerate translation of fundamental scientific discoveries to improve human health locally and around the globe. 

Composed of more than 2,600 faculty physicians and researchers, nearly 2,000 health professions and biomedical PhD students, and more than 6,000 staff, the Duke University School of Medicine along with the Duke University School of Nursing, Duke University Health System comprise Duke Health. a world-class academic medical center. The Health System encompasses Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, Duke Raleigh Hospital, Duke Primary Care, Duke HomeCare & Hospice, Duke Health and Wellness, and multiple affiliations. 

School Facts and Figures    Explore our Educational Programs


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"The relationship between faculty and students are like no other that I have experienced before. Being part of such a lecture, expert based learning environment for years made it difficult to transition to a learning environment that values my input and collaboration. The faculty really engages us in collaborative work as their goal is for us to learn what this profession means to us and how we will incorporate that into practice. Through this collaboration, students often feel like the faculty provide mentorship and guidance rather than authority over their academics. This really makes the learning environment more exciting and easy to participate in."

— Carlita Tibbs, OTD-S, Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program


Find Your Place

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Duke University is located in the Research Triangle area of central North Carolina—composed of the cities of Durham, Raleigh, and Chapel Hill. The Triangle is commonly recognized for its availability of jobs, diversity, relatively low cost of living, affordable housing, safe streets, culture, and nationally ranked food scene. Each city in the Triangle is anchored by major universities: Duke and N.C. Central University in Durham; N.C. State University in Raleigh; and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Chapel Hill. In 2021, U.S. World & News Report ranked the Raleigh and Durham area the #2 Best Place to Live nationwide.

In addition to living in these communities, Duke University School of Medicine and Duke Health strive to improve the health of people and neighborhoods and promote good will as ambassadors of the communities we serve. Faculty, staff, trainees, and students are engaged in programs and services with our community partners to achieve shared goals.

Living in Durham and The Triangle

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Our Commitment to Creating an Anti-Racist Environment

 In June 2020, the School of Medicine, in alignment with Duke University and Duke Health, announced its Moments to Movement initiative to acknowledge and dismantle systemic racism, and to begin a process that would examine our policies and practices to ensure an environment that promotes equity and stands against racism. One year later, in June 2021, Dean Mary Klotman launched a comprehensive strategic plan designed by four groups — staff, health professions students, graduate students and postdocs, and faculty— to build long-term strategies to dismantle racism throughout our organization and the broader Duke community and to advance knowledge and mitigation approaches to address the health impacts of racial inequity.

Moments to Movement Strategic Plan

Resources for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

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Our Commitment to Well-Being

Duke University School of Medicine works to educate all students in an environment that provides mutual respect between student and teacher while maintaining the highest standard of professionalism, and provides patient-centered delivery of care while supporting the learner.

Resources for Well-Being and Support Services