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Education Initiative

The Duke Surgery Committee for Diversity & Inclusion focus group on Education is working to cultivate a new culture within Duke Surgery through education and training that recognizes implicit and explicit bias and facilitates an inclusivity among surgeons and our staff. Our goal is to promote diversity and inclusion in the Section of Surgical Disciplines by using existing educational structures to deploy a formalized training plan shared by all members of the Division, to address deeply ingrained culture permitting micro and macro-aggression based on sex, race, ethnicity, leading to an under-representation of non-male, non-white surgeons and staff. A non-comprehensive list of focus group initiatives is summarized as follows:

  • Cultural Complications Curriculum
  • Seminar Series
  • Grand Rounds Speaker Guidelines
  • Medical Student Curriculum
  • Civility Champions
  • Mentorship
  • Recruitment
  • Leadership & Structure
  • Hiring and Promotion
  • Community Outreach
  • Macro and Microaggressions

Visiting Medical Students Program

Duke Surgery offers a number of 4-week clinical electives for visiting medical students. You can apply through the Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS). We encourage fourth-year medical students who are under-represented in medicine (URiM) to apply to the Visiting Clinical Scholars Program through the Duke School of Medicine’s Office of Diversity & Inclusion (ODI). For selected students, the scholars program provides payment or reimbursement for housing and travel. Duke ODI is committed to supporting the development of URiM students and providing a positive experience during their visiting rotations.

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Residency Programs

The Duke Department of Surgery residency programs provide exceptional training for physicians who are dedicated to making a difference in providing high-quality surgical and emergency care. Learn more about our residency programs.

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Fellowship Programs

Duke is proud to be recognized as one of the top 10 hospitals and medical schools in the United States for our excellent clinical training and research programs. Fellows in the Department of Surgery share our desire to provide outstanding clinical care to our patients while advancing the future of medicine through innovative research. We encourage you to learn more about surgery fellowships at Duke.

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