Civility Champions

The Department of Medicine is committed to making our workplace safe, healthy, and supportive for our faculty, staff, trainees, and patients. A positive work culture depends on a foundation of mutual respect and civility.

Read our statement of departmental values concerning diversity and inclusion.

To promote and maintain a culture of civility, we provide resources and support for incidents of bias, harassment, and uncivil behavior.

If you are in immediate danger, please contact Duke Campus Police (9-1-1) or Durham VA Medical Center Police (919-286-0411 ext. 6230).

Upcoming Event Announcement

Our next four (4) Quarterly Debriefs are scheduled -- please save the following dates in your calendar!  Debriefs will continue to take place virtually via Zoom.

July 18, 2023, 8-9 a.m.

October 18, 2023, 12-1 p.m.

January 18, 2024, 4-5 p.m.

April 18, 2024, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Civility Leadership Team

Kathleen Cooney, MD, Chair of the Department of Medicine, appointed a Civility Leadership Team that is available for information and assistance.

  • Jane Gagliardi, MD, MHS, Civility Champion Debrief Facilitator
  • Laura Svetkey, MD, MHS, Vice Chair for the DoM Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Aimee Zaas, MD, MHS, Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency
  • Lisa Criscione-Schreiber, MD, Vice Chair for Education

Civility Champions

A cohort of Department of Medicine faculty and trainees have been trained on how to offer informal support in response to incidents of bias, harassment, or other unprofessional behaviors.

These Civility Champions will provide support; explore options for intervention or reporting when safe and appropriate; model the Department’s commitment to addressing the harm these incidents cause; and strengthen our community by working toward an environment of healing and care.

If you experience or witness an incident, please contact a Department of Medicine Civility Champion by email or phone for advice and assistance.

Other resources for support and assistance

Click here to view a list with contact information of resources for support navigating responses to incidents of bias, harassment or related concerns.

  • Department of Medicine Civility Champions
  • Duke Personal Assistance Service (PAS)
  • Faculty Ombuds
  • Human Resources - Staff and Labor Relations

Institutional policies

Options for reporting

There are a number of ways to report an incident of bias, harassment, or a related concern. Click here to view a list with contact information for reporting and navigating responses to incidents. 

  • Office for Institutional Equity
  • GME Mistreatment Hotline
  • Integrity Line
  • PACT 
  • House staff Harassment Hotline

In the Department of Medicine, you may also report an incident to your attending physician; division chief; Laura Svetkey, MD, MHS, Vice Chair for the DoM Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; or a Civility Champion.