Director's Welcome

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Duke GME Mission: To collaborate with our GME community in the promotion of exceptional graduate medical education, advancing the highest quality, equitable health outcomes, while supporting the next generation of compassionate physician leaders.

Hello! I am Cathy Kuhn, Associate Dean and Director of Graduate Medical Education at Duke University Health System. I am delighted that you are considering Duke for graduate medical education. Duke offers over 160 top-notch programs, so whether you are searching for a core residency program or subspecialty fellowship, there is certainly a program for you here. We have over 1,000 GME trainees here in programs ranging from very small subspecialty fellowships to large core specialty programs. Our trainees come from schools all over the United States and dozens of countries. Each program has its own personality but all of our program directors share our GME staff’s commitment to providing an outstanding educational experience for every resident or fellow.

Duke University is well-known for its iconic buildings and facilities such as Duke Chapel, Duke Gardens, and Cameron Indoor Stadium. On the medical campus, we are experiencing tremendous growth with new buildings everywhere you look, providing top notch clinical, education and research facilities for patient care and for our learners.

Although the University is famous for its buildings, it’s our people that make Duke truly special. The efforts of our faculty and staff have resulted in Duke’s top national and state rankings for many years. As a Duke trainee, you will have the opportunity to forge enduring relationships with your program directors, world-class faculty, your residency and fellowship colleagues, our health team members, and most of all your patients and their families. Whether you are firmly committed to a career path, or just starting to explore your options, all opportunities are available to you. At Duke, you will see that we truly embody our mission of putting the patient at the center of everything we do, and “caring for our patients, their families, and each other”.

We are fortunate to be located in Durham, North Carolina. The Triangle area offers a wonderful and affordable quality of life, and four seasons with mild winters. Exercise, sports, entertainment, dining and culture opportunities abound, and it is easy to take advantage of them after a day’s work. We are committed to being a welcoming, inclusive institution and take pride in helping every resident and fellow achieve his or her desired goals, in a supportive and caring environment.

Please explore our GME website and program-specific websites for more information about the training programs and opportunities at Duke, and living in Durham. We are delighted about your interest in our programs and look forward to sharing more information about Graduate Medical Education at Duke.

Catherine M. Kuhn, M.D.
Director, Graduate Medical Education
Associate Dean

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