Medical Students


Education, the enrichment of minds, is given the highest priority at Duke. The Department of Anesthesiology’s acclaimed educational program is known for the significant clinical experience trainees and students obtain under the guidance of world-class faculty, its unique culture of inquiry, a strong research environment, and its commitment to technology in research, clinical care, and education.

The beautiful Gothic campus of the Duke Blue Devils is located in Durham, North Carolina. Although Durham exudes the charm of a classic Southeastern city, it is actually a rapidly growing hot spot for some of the most innovative minds. Durham, along with Raleigh and Chapel Hill, makes up what is referred to as the Triangle. Poised perfectly between the North and South, the mountains and ocean, and the countryside and city, this location truly has something for everyone. In addition to its favorable geographic location, the Triangle is home to the world-famous Research Triangle Park (RTP), and several major universities. As a world leader in the field of medicine, Duke University draws faculty, students, and patients from around the globe. In addition to the culturally rich environment, trainees have several resources close at hand including Duke Medicine’s state-of-the-art facilities. Medical students, residents, and fellows alike acquire hands-on experience working at the rapidly expanding Duke University Health System.

As the only medical school in the Southeast constantly ranked in the top 10 by U.S. News and World Report, Duke University Medical School (DUMS) attracts not only extremely bright students, but humanistic, well-rounded students with a genuine desire to help others. Medical school students receive significant exposure to anesthesiology early in their training due to the heavy involvement of anesthesiology faculty members in the first-year basic science curriculum. Additionally, all students complete a cardiovascular physiology lab in a unique training facility of the department—the Human Simulation and Patient Safety Center (HSPSC). There are additional opportunities for medical students to engage with the anesthesiology department in the second, third, and fourth year as well. Most students describe their contact with Duke Anesthesiology to be extremely positive, and typically eight to ten percent of a medical student class goes on to pursue a career in anesthesiology.

As stated by Dr. Edward Halperin, M.D., F.A.C.R., Vice Dean of the School of Medicine:

The Duke University School of Medicine is a community of scholars devoted to understanding the causes, prevention, and treatment of human diseases. We are a group of women and men unswervingly committed to the highest academic goals; the generation, conservation and dissemination of knowledge.

The Department of Anesthesiology upholds and supports these principles. We look forward to introducing you to the field of Anesthesiology and informing you about our multiple academic endeavors in clinical care, education and research.

As a second year medical student, you will rotate in Anesthesiology as part of your Surgery clerkship. During this time we will involve you in the perioperative care of multiple types of patients as well as provide you with didactic lectures on the fundamentals of anesthesiology. You will learn skills such as bag-mask ventilation, endotracheal intubation and vascular line placement. You will participate in preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative care and will write a case presentation at the end of the rotation. Please contact Dr. Stuart Grant for more information.

As a third year medical student, you are invited to conduct a research project in one of the many basic science research laboratories in our department. Please contact Dr. Richard Moon for more information.

You are also invited to return for a longer fourth year rotation to solidify your clinical skills, expand your knowledge base and be exposed to a wider array of patients than is feasible during the second year rotation.

Please contact Dr. Nancy Knudsen, or Dr. Andrew Peery for more information. You may also visit our Anesthesiology Interest Group section for additional information on a career in the exciting field of Anesthesiology.

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