your duke experience


Since it opened in 1930, Duke University Medical Center has earned a reputation as one of the world's foremost patient care and research institutions, with a School of Medicine consistently ranked one of the very best in the country. But when you're choosing a medical school, you need to know more than a famous name. You need to know what makes a school different from the rest--because that's how you'll find the place that fits you best.

What sets Duke apart from the rest?

    The Duke University School of Medicine is comprised of 21 Academic Departments consisting of more than 2000 faculty, 450 medical students, nearly 1000 residents and fellows, and approximately 640 Ph.D. students. The School’s strong emphasis on research to improve clinical outcomes encourages collaborations among faculty members, departments, and other schools at the University and has resulted in the development of 13 Centers and Institutes.
    Our curriculum is like no other medical school.
    Ranked among the nation’s top 10, the School of Medicine’s unique curriculum is different from that of other medical schools. Students study the core basic sciences for one year instead of two, giving them the opportunity to devote their entire third year to a scholarly research project. Students care for patients during their second year, a full year earlier than their peers.
    The School of Medicine is consistently ranked among the very best in the country.
    • In 2014 U.S. News & World Report ranked the Duke University School of Medicine among the top ten programs in the United States. (See rankings.)

    • U.S. News & World Report ranked Duke's physician assistant program as number one in the United States for 2011. (See rankings.)
    We offer a wide variety of unique research opportunities

    Duke students are highly competitive for prestigious national awards, such as the National Institutes of Health's Howard Hughes Research Fellowships and Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholars (FICRS) Program.


    The Duke University School of Medicine strives to transform medicine and health, locally and globally, through innovative scientific research and rapid translation of breakthrough discoveries.

    This research extends from the bench to the bedside -- from the basics of biology to the best practices in caring for the wide range of human diseases.
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