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. We attract a wide range of residents from outstanding schools of medicine.

Our Mission

Provide an engaging, diverse, adaptive learning environment to train future leaders in clinical care, research, advocacy, education, and innovation.


The Pillars of our Program:

1. Clinical Development - How we help develop you as a physician

  • Emphasis on graduated autonomy across all rotations
  • Structured specialty exposure through outpatient threads
  • Multidisciplinary collaborative primary care
  • Clinical learning enhanced through work in a three hospital system

2. Professional Development - How we help you find and develop your “and”

  • Comprehensive advising and mentoring programs
  • Unique tracks based on career interest including basic or clinical research, education, administration, quality improvement, global health, and advocacy
  • Opportunities for community engagement
  • Participation in departmental initiatives
  • Equity, inclusion, and upstander training

3. Personal Development - How we support your growth as a person while in training

  • Emphasis on Duke Family and camaraderie 
  • Residency “squads” to promote connection, mentorship, and community involvement
  • Structured mentorship, including professional development coaching program
  • Holistic curricula including narrative medicine, arts in medicine curriculum, and debriefs
  • Cultivating an environment of balance and wellbeing


Welcome to Duke Internal Medicine Residency

Duke Internal Medicine Residents explain why they chose to train at Duke - and what makes it such a welcoming and supportive program.


Spotlight: Best Uchehara, MD, MBA

Best Uchehara graduated from Morehouse College and later received his MD from Duke University School of Medicine and his MBA from Duke University Fuqua School of Business. After his time in medical school, Best realized in residency he was looking forward to finding intentional mentorships, rigorous clinical training and opportunities to tailor his residency experience to his career goals. When reflecting on the Duke Internal Medicine Residency Program, Dr. Uchehara said, "The Duke Family is kind, compassionate, and extremely down to earth. There are so many incredible people within the program, ranging from the program leadership and staff to its residents and hospital faculty! There is a supportive network of mentors and coaches --formal and informal--who help residents to blossom into their full potential"


Spotlight: Adriana Bracho, MD

Adriana Bracho graduated from Rice University and she later received her MD from Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. After matching at Duke for residency, she knew she wanted to pursue a career in pulmonology. When reflecting on the Duke Program, Dr. Bracho said, "The faculty are unbelievably supportive of the house staff, and are very approachable. It doesn't feel like there is a rigid hierarchy whatsoever- they make it evident that they are there to support us and help us grow as both clinicians and as people."