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The goal of Duke University School of Medicine is to provide leadership in fulfilling its core missions which are

  • to provide the most advanced and comprehensive education possible; to prepare our students and trainees for lifetimes of learning and careers as leaders, practitioners, or researchers;

  • to perform biomedical research producing discoveries that add to understanding life processes and lead to preventing and curing disease and maintaining health;

  • to translate, to practice, and to make available to the public, with compassion, the benefits of the unique clinical and technological resources of the School of Medicine and to support our educational and research missions; and

  • to the maximum extent possible, we will apply our core missions in education, research, and health care delivery to develop the means to solve regional and national health care problems, including providing accessible, cost-effective health care of measurable quality.


The Medical Center Library & Archives provides the services and collections necessary to further educational, research, clinical, and administrative activities in the medical field. Services are available to faculty, staff, students, and house staff from Duke Hospital, School of Medicine, School of Nursing, allied health programs, and graduate programs in the basic medical sciences. The library also serves the Duke University Health System.

The library has thousands of health sciences journal titles available electronically, though some of the older years may not be accessible online. Several electronic book collections are also available online. The bound print journal collection and most print books published before 1995 are stored in the Duke Library Service Center located off Briggs Avenue. More current print books are kept within the library facility. The Frank Engel Memorial Collection consists of a small group of books on health and nonmedical subjects for general reading. There is no charge to Duke borrowers for requests of articles not available at Duke, which includes email delivery of PDF journal articles and book chapters. Library staff will contact you if there are copyright or other fees associated with requests. Library services include reference, in-depth consultations, expert database searching including systematic reviews, customized and individual group training, online tutorials, navigating the scholarly communications landscape including bibliometrics and research impact, circulation, and document delivery services. Workstations for searching databases, the online catalog, and other resources are available, along with a variety of study spaces and rooms for online booking. Reservations are required for group study spaces and cubicles. Any open tables, soft seating, PIN stations, and computers are all available for use without reservation. A computer classroom for hands-on training is located on Level 1. Archives provide access to its collections for scholarly research and administrative work and can assist individuals in locating specific information, photographs, and documents concerning the history of the medical center.

Access to the Medical Center Library & Archives is limited to Duke Health ID badge holders. Duke University ID badge holders may get access to the building by requesting a Prox card from the University DukeCard Office. Non-Duke individuals do not have access to the building.

The Medical Center Library & Archives is in the Seeley G. Mudd Building, above the Searle Center, and connected to the Trent Semans Center for Health Education. Detailed information on hours, services, and resources may be found on the website at Additional information about Archives can be found at


The Medical Center Bookstore offers a wide selection of medical reference books, textbooks, software, and instruments to the Duke University Medical Community. Clothing, including scrubs and uniforms, office supplies, and Duke gifts are also offered. Special orders are welcomed. The store is located in Duke Clinic, lower level adjacent to the Food Court, 40 Medicine Circle, Room 0001, Durham, NC 27710. The bookstore is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Searle Conference Center

The Searle Conference Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences provides elegant accommodations for conferences, symposia, lectures, and meetings to support the continuing education activities of the medical center and university. Additionally, banquets, dinners, weddings, receptions, and other private events may be held on a space-available basis. Meeting space, audiovisual needs, catering, and assistance with event planning are all provided by the onsite staff. Accepting credit cards/procurement cards, IRs, and other forms of payment. For information, call (919) 684-2244 or visit or

Medical Center Commons

The Medical Center Commons restaurant is open for fine dining at lunch time Monday through Friday. Accepting credit cards/ procurement cards, IR, Flex Account Cards, and reservations at (919) 684-5805, the Commons is located in the Searle Conference Center on the ground floor of the Seeley G. Mudd Building. The restaurant is a Bistro-style atmosphere with full table service/linen, china, and flatware, featuring gourmet salads, fresh homemade salads, freshly prepared soups, and hot buffet selections. There are weekly specials. Private dining rooms are available as well as morning, evening, or weekend meeting and catering space. For additional information on these services, call (919) 684-2244 or visit

Medical Center Catering

Medical Center Catering is an in-house operation that provides catering services for the Duke Health System. We will deliver coffee breaks, lunch, and receptions to rooms within the North and South Hospital as well buildings accessible for push carts only (non-motorized vehicles). We provide setup and breakdown paper/plastic ware service. The hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call (919) 684-2904 for assistance or visit or Accept credit cards/procurement cards, IRs, and other forms of payment.

The Office of Curricular Affairs

The Office of Curricular Affairs provides professional, technical, and administrative support for the development, implementation, and assessment of patient-centered medical education. The staff and faculty in the OCA strive to support students throughout their participation in the educational program.

Under the leadership of Aditee Narayan, MD, MPH, Associate Dean for Curricular Affairs, the Office of Curricular Affairs ensures education quality and innovation, alignment of educational goals and outcomes, assessment of student performance, and analysis of course and program evaluations. The Assessment and Evaluation team in the office conduct educational research for the continual improvement of the curriculum, trains faculty in innovations in educational methodology and assessment, and sponsors a third-year study track in medical education research. The OCA also has a state-of-the-art clinical skills program with a robust standardized patient program allowing even the earliest learners practice in patient-centered care.

Mostly located on the third floor of the Seeley G. Mudd building (attached to TSCHE) along with satellite offices on the 1st and 5th floors of TSCHE, the Office of Curricular Affairs provides support to faculty including initial course planning and set-up; coordination for interdisciplinary and longitudinal course and programs; all assessment and evaluation activities; various laboratory set-ups and specimen maintenance; support for various school-wide committees; maintenance of the curriculum management systems; continuous quality review and improvement processes; maintenance of accreditation; and liaison with Duke-National University of Singapore.

End of Year Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)

The End of Year Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) is a standardized patient exam that consists of six to ten individual patient encounters for which the student is in the role of primary provider. Some encounters will involve evaluating an undifferentiated physical complaint through a focused history and physical exam of a standardized patient. After these encounters, the student will write a patient note—similar to a SOAP note—on a computer. Other encounters involve patient counseling or screening. These encounters may be followed by brief test questions.

Cases are selected to sample a variety of dimensions including patient age, gender, all organ systems, and specialties represented throughout the clerkship year. The major purposes of the OSCE are (a) to evaluate, in a standardized way, each student’s approach to patients with common complaints, demonstrate the clinical activities of history-taking, physical examination, communication skills, and diagnostic reasoning that cannot be adequately assessed through written tests, (b) to provide individualized feedback to students about their clinical skills performance, and (c) to provide a measure of curriculum effectiveness.

All student encounters with standardized patients during the OSCE are video recorded. Video recordings are available for students to review. The OSCE is structured to be competency-based, where each student’s performance is compared to a predetermined standard. Each student receives a written report of their level of competence with each case, comments directly from standardized patients, and their performance scores as well as class performance scores for clinical skill activities. Passing the OSCE is required for graduation.

Duke Hospital

Duke University Hospital is consistently rated as one of the best in the United States and is known around the world for its outstanding care and groundbreaking research. Duke University Hospital has 1,048 licensed inpatient beds and offers comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic facilities, including a regional emergency/trauma center; a major surgery suite containing 65 operating rooms; an endo-surgery center; a separate hospital outpatient surgical department with nine operating rooms and an extensive diagnostic and interventional radiology area.

For 2022-2023, U.S. News and World Report ranked Duke University Hospital nationally in 11 adult specialties: cancer, cardiology & heart surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, ear, nose & throat, gastroenterology & GI surgery, gynecology, neurology & neurosurgery, ophthalmology, orthopedics, pulmonology & lung surgery, and urology. Duke University Hospital is also ranked first in North Carolina and first in the Raleigh-Durham area.

Duke University Hospital is approved for residency by the American Medical Association, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and is accredited by the Joint Commission. In addition to its hospitals, Duke Health has an extensive, geographically dispersed network of outpatient facilities that include primary care offices, urgent care centers, multi-specialty clinics, and outpatient surgery centers.

Duke University Hospital is approved for residency by the American Medical Association, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and is accredited by the Joint Commission. In addition to its hospitals, Duke Health has an extensive, geographically dispersed network of outpatient facilities that include primary care offices, urgent care centers, multi-specialty clinics, and outpatient surgery centers.

Durham VA Health Care System

Since 1953, Durham VA Health Care System (DVAHCS) has been improving the health of men and women who have so proudly served our nation. Services are available to more than 200,000 Veterans living in a 27-county area of central and eastern North Carolina.

The DVAHCS offers health care services at 11 locations: the Durham VA Medical Center and 10 community-based outpatient clinics in Raleigh, Durham, Greenville, Morehead City, and Wake County. Outpatient clinics include two specialty clinics at Brier Creek for dialysis and blind rehabilitation. The DVAHCS provides general and specialty medical, surgical, and psychiatric services. It serves as a major referral center for North Carolina, southern Virginia, northern South Carolina, southern West Virginia, and eastern Tennessee.

 The medical center has 151 operating beds and is a regional center for radiation therapy, neurological disorders, therapeutic endoscopy, and other special procedures. In addition, it serves as a referral center for high-risk open-heart surgery cases, angioplasty, and hemodynamic cardiac catheterization. The 100-bed Community Living Center (CLC) is reflective of an ongoing emphasis on wellness, preservation of functions, and rehabilitation.

 The DVAHCS has five national centers of excellence in primary care, mental health, epidemiology, geriatrics, and epilepsy, as well as several other nationally recognized programs including cardiovascular and diabetes care and telehealth.

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Lenox Baker Children’s Hospital

Located just one mile west of the main Duke University Hospital Campus, Lenox Baker Children’s Hospital provides outpatient services for children with genetic, metabolic, endocrine, neurologic, orthopedic, gastrointestinal, and neurodevelopmental disorders. On-site services include physical and occupational therapy and speech pathology. Additional multidisciplinary clinics are at that site.

Duke Regional Hospital

Duke Regional Hospital offers the personal touch of a community hospital while serving as an essential arm of internationally recognized Duke University Health System.

Duke Regional has served Durham, Orange, Person, Granville, and Alamance counties and beyond for more than 45 years. We have 3,500 team members who work together to provide exceptional, compassionate, and equitable healthcare 24/7. We are a place of learning and acceptance for team members just starting their careers, as well as an institution of family culture and professional development for employees who have served in healthcare for decades.

Duke Regional has 388 inpatient beds and offers a comprehensive range of medical, surgical, and diagnostic services, including orthopedics, weight loss surgery, women's services, and heart and vascular services. We also offer care at our Duke Rehabilitation Institute, Davis Ambulatory Surgical Center, Duke Ambulatory Surgery Center Arringdon, Health Services Center, and Duke Behavioral Health Center North Durham. In fiscal year 2022, Duke Regional Hospital admitted 16,246 patients, performed 22,050 surgeries, and welcomed 2,847 babies into the world.

U.S. News & World Report ranked Duke Regional Hospital as #9 in North Carolina and #4 in the Raleigh-Durham area for 2022-23. The Human Rights Campaign consistently names us a Healthcare Equality Leader, and we are a Joint Commission-accredited and Magnet-designated hospital.

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Duke Raleigh Hospital

Duke Raleigh Hospital provides a patient-friendly setting no matter where you visit us—in our hospital’s North Pavilion, South Pavilion, or clinics. Duke Raleigh Hospital has been part of Duke Health since 1998 and has served Wake County for more than 35 years. It employs more than 2,000 people.
The hospital has 186 inpatient beds and offers a comprehensive array of services, including, cancer care, cardiovascular care, neuroscience, advanced gastrointestinal care, and wound healing. We also maintain laboratory and imaging services, a pain clinic, 24/7 emergency care, community outreach, and education programs.

For 2022-2023, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Duke Raleigh Hospital as high performing in orthopaedics and geriatrics and in six common adult procedures/conditions: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Heart Failure, Kidney Failure, Lung Cancer Surgery, Pneumonia, and Stroke.

For more information, call (919) 954-3000 or visit

Other Hospitals

Various cooperative teaching and training programs are available for medical and allied health professional students and house staff at other hospitals to include Duke University Hospital, Durham Veteran’s Administration Medical Center, Duke Regional Hospital, Duke Raleigh Hospital, and Central Regional Hospital in Butner, North Carolina.

Medical Center and Health System Buildings and Facilities

The ninety-four buildings and additions which make up the medical education, research, and patient care facilities are located on approximately two hundred acres, mostly on or near the West Campus of Duke University. There are four major zones on/near Duke Campus but multiple clinics and other facilities are off campus in other Durham sites or nearby cities.

The Clinic Zone is contiguous with the main quadrangle of the university and consists of the following: Duke Clinic—a multi-building contiguous building complex, including: Clinic Reception Building—Entrance lobby, outpatient clinics, food court, and amphitheater; Edwin A. Morris Building— Outpatient clinics, diagnostic, treatment, and support services, Departments of Radiation Oncology, Surgery, and Duke Cancer Institute administration, departmental research and offices; Davison Building—Hospital Pharmacy offices; Departments of Pathology and Brain Imaging & Analysis administration, research education space and offices; Duke Medicine and Health System Administration, and School Medicine Administration; Original Hospital, 1940 and 1957 Additions—Outpatient clinics, diagnostic, treatment, and support services including: clinical laboratories, imaging, pharmacy, Departments of Dermatology, Family Medicine & Community Health; Medicine, Neurology, Orthopedics, Pathology, Radiation Oncology, Anesthesiology, Neurosurgery, and Heart Center offices; Baker House—Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Heart Center, Anesthesiology, Medicine, Neurosurgery/Neuro-Oncology program, and Surgery administration, clinical support services; offices for pastoral care and counseling; Barnes Woodhall Building—Duke Store, Nursing offices, Clinical Research unit/Duke Early Phase Clinical Research Unit (DEPRU), Departments of Psychiatry, Radiology, Radiation Oncology and Surgery diagnostic, treatment, and support services and research and offices, PRMO offices, outpatient pharmacy, preoperative screening, and hospital administration; Diagnostic and Treatment #3 Building—Human Resources offices, Departments of Radiation Oncology, Radiology, Psychiatry, Surgery, and Neurosurgery research support services and offices; Ewald W. Busse Building—Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development, diagnostic, treatment, and support services, research, and offices; Eugene A. Stead Building— Clinical Research Center/Duke Early Phase Clinical Research Unit (DEPRU)Departments of Surgery, Neurosurgery, Psychiatry, Medicine and Duke Cancer Institute research and offices; Clinical Research II—Clinical Research Center/Duke Early Phase Clinical Research Unit (DEPRU) Departments of Surgery, Medicine, Anesthesiology, and Psychiatry research and offices, hyperbaric medicine unit. Other buildings within The Clinic Zone also includes Marshall Pickens Building—Family Medicine Clinics; Parking Garage I (Duke Clinic Garage); and the Cancer Center facility: diagnostic, treatment, and support services.

The Hospital Zone consists of the following buildings: Duke Hospital— a multi-building contiguous building complex including:

Duke Hospital Anlyan Tower and Ancillary Building—Inpatient care units, diagnostic, treatment, and support services including surgical suite, cath labs, emergency department, labor and delivery suite, operating and recovery suite, full-term nursery, radiology, clinical laboratories, respiratory therapy, pharmacy, the departments of Anesthesiology, Radiology, Surgery offices; MRI facilities and Brain Imaging and Analysis facility; and Children’s Health Center—Department of Brain Imaging and Analysis and Children’s clinics, diagnostic, treatment and support services, Department of Pediatrics administrative offices, and the Duke Central Tower – inpatient bed units. The Hospital zone also includes Duke Eye Ctr Joseph A.C. Wadsworth Building (Eye Center)—Clinical Labs; Ophthalmology clinics, diagnostic, treatment, and support services including: operating rooms, recovery, research, and offices; Duke Eye Ctr Albert Eye Research Institute—Ophthalmology faculty offices and research space, Pharmacology & Cancer Biology research space, and Pediatrics Ophthalmology Clinic; Duke Eye Ctr Hudson Eye Building—Department of Ophthalmology administration; Clinical Labs; Duke Eye clinics; The Lodge Annex—Hospital Sleep Lab; Civitan Building—Clinics and offices for the Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics. Hanes House—Duke Hospital Transplant offices, Departments of Medicine, Pediatrics, Anesthesiology, Neurology, and Surgery administrative and departmental offices, teaching facilities; Christine S. Pearson School of Nursing—School of Nursing offices and educational facilities; Interprofessional Education (IPE) Building: Physical Therapy and Nursing education; Seeley G. Mudd Communications and Library— Medical Center Library, Medical Center Commons, Medical Education, Trent Center for BHHM, Departments of Surgery, Medicine and Duke Cancer Institute offices; Parking Garage II (Hospital Garage) and PGII Ofc area—House Staff and Exercise Facility, and Nursing Recruitment and the Duke Medicine Pavilion— Inpatient care units, diagnostic, treatment, and support services including operating and recovery, radiology, Clinical Labs, iMRI, and iCT suites; and the Trent Semans Center for Health Education—Central teaching facilities, School of Medicine admissions, registrar, and financial aid.

The Research Zone consists of the following: Joseph and Kathleen Bryan Research Building for Neurobiology—Department of Neurobiology, Radiology and Neurology administration, departmental research and offices; Nanaline H. Duke Building— Departments of Biochemistry, Dermatology, Medicine, and Cell Biology administration, departmental research and offices; Alex H. Sands Building— Departments of Anesthesiology, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Medicine, Radiology, Duke Human Vaccine Institute and Neurosurgery research and offices; Edwin L. Jones Building—Departments of Immunology, Medicine, Pediatrics, Pathology, and Molecular Genetics & Microbiology administration, departmental research and offices; Medical Sciences Research Building—Departments of Medicine, Pathology, Pediatrics, Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Radiology, Surgery, and Duke Cancer Institute research and offices; Medical Sciences Research Building-II—Departments of Medicine, Surgery and Duke Human Vaccine Institute research and offices: Medical Sciences Research Building-III—School of Medicine space; Departments of Medicine, Surgery, Dermatology, Bioinformatics & Biostatics, Basic Science Admin, Neurology, Pharmacology & Cancer Biology, Molecular Genetics & Microbiology, and Anesthesiology; Clinical and Research Laboratory Building—Departments of Cell Biology, Molecular Genetics & Microbiology, and Medicine research and offices; Leon Levine Science Research Center, section C—Duke Institute for Brain Sciences, Departments of Pharmacology & Cancer Biology, Medicine, BioMed Engineering, Radiation Oncology, Orthopedics, and Neurosurgery administration, research and offices; Surgical Oncology Research Building; Environmental Safety Building; Research Park Buildings 1, 2, 3 and 4—Departments of Surgery, Radiology, Pharmacology & Cancer Biology, Duke Human Vaccine Institute, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pediatrics, Neurosurgery, Anesthesiology, Duke Global Health Institute research and offices, and Occupational and environmental safety; and Clinical Labs; Vivarium & Surgical Research Pavilion; Cancer Center Isolation Facility; Snyderman Genome Science Research Building; and Genome Science Research Building-II—Departments of Anesthesiology, Neurobiology, Surgery, Duke Cancer Institute; Pathology, Dermatology, Duke Human Vaccine Institute, Psychology & Neuroscience, Medicine, and Pediatrics genomic science research; and Global Health Research Building—DHVI research and offices.

The West Zone consists of the Lenox Baker Hospital—Clinics, diagnostic, treatment, and support services, Departments of Pediatrics and Orthopedics offices; Center for Living Campus consists of five buildings including Sarah Stedman Nutrition Center—Duke Molecular Physiology Institute (DMPI) offices; Andrew Wallace Clinic Building (original and 2015 addition)—Department of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine clinics, diagnostic, treatment, and support services; PepsiCo Fitness Center—Exercise and physical therapy facilities including indoor track, exercise equipment, swimming pool; Aesthetic Services and Dermatologic Surgery Clinic— Clinics, diagnostic treatment, and support services, and CFL administrative offices; and Duke Integrative Medicine—treatment facility.

The North Campus Zone consists of the following buildings: North Pavilion—Ambulatory Surgery Center, Adult, and Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant, Department of Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Medicine, Marcus Center Cellular Cures, Duke Cancer Institute offices, and Nursing administration; and 2216 Elba Street (House of Healing)—small residence for families and patients; and Elder Street Buildings—Occupational and environmental safety, and medical center engineering and operations offices.