Resources for Study

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 housestaff 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. 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. The Library is piloting subsidized fees for Duke borrowers through Document Delivery/Interlibrary Loan Services for all requests, including delivery of PDF journal articles and book chapters from Duke and elsewhere. Library services include reference, in-depth consultations, expert database searching including systematic reviews, customized and individual group training, online tutorials, bibliometrics and research impact analysis, 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. A computer classroom for hands-on training is located on Level 1. Archives provides 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 requires a Duke Health badge. Non-Duke individuals do not have access to the building. 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.

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 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, 200 Trent Drive, Room 0001, Durham, NC 27710. The bookstore is open from 8:30 a.m to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. They are open on designated Saturdays specifically just prior to the start of a new semester. Call (919) 684-2717 concerning Saturday dates/hours.

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, features gourmet salads, fresh homemade salads, freshly prepared soups, and hot buffet selections. There are weekly specials. Prices range from $10 to $13. 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 which 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, demonstrating 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 individual 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.

With more than 11,000 team members, our mission is to advance health together and ensure we are caring for our patients, their loved ones and each other.

For 2021-2022, 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.

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 twenty-seven county area of central and eastern North Carolina. The DVAHCS is a 245-bed tertiary care referral, teaching, and research facility affiliated with Duke University School of Medicine. 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. In addition to the main facility in Durham, services are offered at the Health Care Center (HCC) located in Greenville, North Carolina, and three Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs), one located in Morehead City and two in Raleigh, North Carolina. Two outpatient Clinics are also located on Hillandale Road in Durham, one Mental Health specialty clinic in southern Raleigh, and the Dialysis Clinic and Blind Rehabilitation Outpatient Clinic at Brier Creek in Raleigh. The medical center 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. Special programs at DVAHCS include a comprehensive Women’s Health Center, a Home Based Primary Care program, a Telemedicine Home Care program, a Simulation Center, Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center, the Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care, the VISN 6 Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center, and the Epidemiology Research and Information Center. For additional information, visit

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, orthopaedic, 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 and hometown feel 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 more for more than 45 years. To be successful at caring for our community and have a strong reputation among patients who seek our care, 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 for decades in our hospital units.

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 2021, Duke Regional Hospital admitted 16,422 patients, performed 18,152 surgeries and welcomed 2,673 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 2021-22. The Human Rights Campaign consistently names us a Healthcare Equality Leader, and we are a Joint Commission-accredited and Magnet-designated hospital.

Duke Raleigh Hospital

Duke Raleigh Hospital offers the world-renowned resources of Duke Health conveniently located in Wake County. Duke Raleigh Hospital has been an important part of the Duke University Health System since 1998 and has provided high-quality, compassionate care to the citizens of Wake County for more than 100 years.

Duke Raleigh Hospital is a 186-bed hospital providing a comprehensive array of services including cancer care, orthopaedics, neurosciences, spine, cardiovascular services, disease management, inpatient care, emergency services, surgical services, outpatient imaging, community education events, and more. Duke Raleigh Hospital has achieved Magnet™ designation for excellence in nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. 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 the Duke University. Buildings are divided into The Clinic Zone, The Hospital Zone, The Research Zone, The West Zone, and The North Campus Zone.