Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion in Training

The Duke Department of Medicine is committed to fostering an inclusive community of trainees, faculty and staff.

We provide a supportive learning environment for all trainees that respects the diversity of our professional and patient communities.

We celebrate this diversity.

We support and protect members of racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, veterans and military families, members of LGBTQ+ communities, immigrants and refugees, and the many others who enrich our community.

Voices of Medicine

Hear from our leaders why equity and inclusion matter to them and how our programs make diversity a priority.

Kimberley Evans, MD
Associate Vice Chair, Faculty Development and Diversity
Chair, Minority Recruitment & Retention Committee

David Ortiz-Melo, MD
Associate Chair, Minority Recruitment & Retention Committee

Omobonike Oloruntoba-Sanders, MD
Trainee Liaison, Minority Recruitment & Retention Committee

Suchita Shah Sata, MD
Trainee Liaison, Program for Women in Internal Medicine

John Duronville, MD
Civility Champion debrief facilitator

The Department of Medicine has an active and supportive Minority, Recruitment and Retention Committee (MRRC) led by Kimberley Evans, MD. The MRRC provides opportunities for career mentoring, leadership development and social networking throughout the year, with specific offerings for trainees that are organized by Omobonike Oloruntoba, MD, MRRC House Staff Liaison.

The Program for Women in Internal Medicine, led by Daniella Zipkin, MD, provides career development and peer mentoring programs for women students, trainees, and faculty. The “Before They Were Stars” series gathers senior women faculty from the department in a panel discussion about their career trajectory and other topics. This series and other events are planned specifically for trainees by Suchita Shah Sata, MD, PWIM House Staff Liaison.

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. To promote and maintain a culture of civility, we provide resources and support for incidents of bias, harassment and uncivil behavior. Learn about our Civility Champions initiative.

Learn more about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Department of Medicine.

Institutional Resources

There are many ways Duke Health, Duke University School of Medicine, and Duke University support and foster a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and anti-racist environment. Please view some of the available resources below.