Health Professions Schools Launch New Academy for Faculty Educators

By Jill Boy

Duke’s health professions schools, including the School of Medicine, School of Nursing, and Physician Assistant and Physical Therapy programs, have partnered to launch a new academy to develop an inter-professional community of educators at Duke. Under the leadership of Edward Buckley, M.D., Vice Dean for Education, Duke University School of Medicine, Duke’s new Academy for Health Professions Education and Academic Development (Duke AHEAD) was created to advance excellence in education and to provide a mechanism for recognizing and supporting Duke’s teaching faculty.

The goals of Duke AHEAD are to:

  1. Create an enterprise-wide community of education scholars,
  2. Foster innovation in health professions education,
  3. Support outstanding teachers,
  4. Provide faculty development programs, and
  5. Facilitate quality education research.

In November, Diana McNeill, M.D., was named the academy’s inaugural director. Dr. McNeill brings more than 26 years of teaching and clinical practice experience to this new position. She is a graduate of Duke University and Duke University School of Medicine and completed an Endocrinology and Metabolism Fellowship at Duke. She joined the Duke faculty in 1989 and today is a professor of medicine and assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology. Dr. McNeill specializes in endocrinology with a clinical focus on Type 1 diabetes, diabetes in pregnancy, and thyroid disease. In addition to her clinical work, Dr. McNeill serves as leader of Graduate Medical Education Oversight and Accreditation at Duke. She was the program director of the Duke Internal Medicine Residency program from 2001-2011.

To learn more about Duke AHEAD and to access resources for Duke’s teaching faculty, visit