The Department of Medicine has a sincere and long-standing commitment to the recruitment, retention and development of a diverse group of faculty and trainees, with particular attention to underrepresented minorities and women.
Our interest is consistent with the Duke University mission and is based on a commitment to excellence and leadership in all areas of medical care, medical education, and medical research — a mission that cannot be achieved without equity, inclusion and diversity.
Diversity Leadership Team
The Department’s diversity leadership team is lead by Laura Svetkey and includes (from top left) Svetkey, Kimberley Evans, Lisa Criscione-Schreiber, Kevin Thomas, (bottom from left) Leonor Corsino, David Ortiz-Melo, Bonike Oloruntoba, and Suchita Shah Sata.
Kevin Thomas: A Black Man in a White Coat
Kevin Thomas, MD, was featured in the video series "Black Men in White Coats." Hear what he has to say:
- Minority Recruitment & Retention Committee (MRRC): The MRRC provides career mentoring, leadership development, and social networking for minority faculty and trainees, and sponsors outstanding minority visiting faculty for the George Phillips, Jr., MD, and Martin Luther King, Jr. lectureships. The MRRC also includes a Latino initiative. MRRC leadership serve as faculty advisors to Duke’s chapters of the Student National Medical Association and the Latino Medical Student Association.
- Program for Women in Internal Medicine (PWIM): PWIM provides career development and peer mentoring programs, some of which target women and all of which are designed to build and maintain a supportive and equitable work environment that facilitates career advancement and satisfaction among faculty and trainees.
- SoM Office of Diversity and Inclusion: This office, directed by the SoM Chief Diversity Officer, seeks “to help to foster a climate where all members of our faculty, students and staff experience a true sense of belonging and feel that they matter, can thrive and contribute their best work.” Among its committees and councils is the School of Medicine's Sexual and Gender Diversity Advisory Council, which "supports and advocates for an environment that is welcoming and affirming of LGBTQI faculty, staff, learners, allies, patients, families and friends."
- Duke University's Diversity Toolkit, the university's one-stop resource for diversity education that provides dozens of resources to develop strategies and plans to improve inclusion and engagement on campus.
Resources for junior faculty
- CTSA-sponsored Career Development Award (KL2): Duke’s KL2 provides a three-year mentored career development award to junior faculty pursuing research across the spectrum of translational science (from laboratory based to health services), with a particular focus on applicants form under-represented minority backgrounds. The Duke KL2 also includes a core curriculum on disparities research.
- Diversity supplements: All NIH research grants are eligible for supplemental funds to support mentored research of under-represented minorities. NIH Diversity supplement tips and contact list of NIH program officers.
- Department of Medicine Faculty Development Academy: Offers mentorship, skill development, and faculty development resources across all missions (clinical, education, and research). The Academy is particularly attentive to inclusion, equity and diversity.
Resources for fellows
- CTSA-sponsored Career Development Award (KL2): See description above.
- Diversity supplements: See above.
- The Fellows Initiative within PWIM (see For All section) provides programs, mentoring, networking for women in the Department of Medicine subspecialty training programs.
Resources for housestaff and medical students
- Diversity supplements: See above. Resident research projects can be supported by this mechanism.
- The PWIM Housestaff Advisory Committee sponsors seminars and social events for women interns and residents in the Department of Medicine.
- CTSA-sponsored TL1: Program with two years of training and mentoring in translational research experience, with a particular focus on students from under-represented minority background. The Duke TL1 also includes a core curriculum on disparities research.
- Multicultural Resource Center: Coordinates various programs to help medical students, housestaff, and faculty work and learn together more effectively in an increasingly diverse environment.
- Visiting Clinical Scholar Program: Under-represented students from other medical schools can come to Duke for an elective rotation. This experience gives students an opportunity to see first-hand if Duke is a good fit for their housestaff training.