Diversity and Inclusion Program

Duke’s Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas — an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.


Duke Anesthesiology promotes the participation of women and under-represented minorities (URM) in leadership organizations by financing the attendance of one female and URM faculty of each rank at a professional development program, including:

  • Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Minority Faculty Career Development Seminar
  • AAMC Early Career and Mid-Career Women Faculty Professionals
  • American Association for Physician Leadership

Duke Anesthesiology recognizes the gap and common impediments to the development of URM physician-scientists. We are initiating a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Research and Biostatistics for URM junior faculty.

The fellowship will be for a minimum of 12 months after residency/fellowship training. The rationale is to introduce young URM physicians to clinical research and to provide the foundation that is often missing or inadequate for development and advancement as a clinician/scientist—a need present for the majority of young physicians, including those who identify as a URM. Up to two qualifying applicants will be accepted annually.

In brief, this postdoctoral program will involve:

  • An application process as part of the “pipeline” process and in concert with the ICDA. URM residents and fellows who are already under the guidance of the ICDA will be encouraged to pursue the MFDP.
  • Matching of selected applicant and senior mentor(s) based on common areas of interest
  • Enrollment in a Biostatistics and Epidemiology Master’s Program
  • Participation in and completion of a Clinical Research Protocol
  • Participation in and completion of a Grant Application Training
  • Fulfill ONE day per week of clinical duties as a Junior Attending (this responsibility is required, and will be the source of salary support for the MFDP).

The salary support will be $70,000 per year, derived from a clinical commitment of one day per week. Additionally, the department will support indirect costs to include benefits, malpractice insurance, and costs related to required educational expenses, such as the biostatistics and epidemiology classes.

The fourth year elective will provide support for URM medical students in their last year to gain clinical exposure for one month in clinical anesthesiology at Duke University Medical Center. We will support up to four awards annually to qualifying URM medical students. The following qualifications will be required:

  • 4th year URM student in good standing at a US medical school
  • Completion of an online application
  • US citizenship or legal resident status
  • Acceptance by the Inclusivity Committee at Duke Anesthesiology

Accepted visiting students will be provided housing as well as reimbursement for travel and their application processing fee. In addition, students will meet ICDA faculty, residents, and fellows. This program will be consistent with the objectives of the existing Duke SoM 4th year medical student elective program. We ask that this program be administered through the existing SoM 4th year program.

To promote female physician-scientists’ development and promotion in our department, we are establishing a special consideration of female faculty applicants for our DREAM Innovation Grant (DIG). First launched in 2010, DIG is an annual competition held among Duke Anesthesiology faculty members. Competitors submit their most innovative research ideas to a panel of judges for review. Proposals best demonstrating the ideal blend of ingenuity and practicality are selected by the DREAM Innovation Grant Committee, and winners are announced at the department’s annual ASA alumni reception.

At Duke, we believe that diversity and inclusion are essential to a thriving community. Duke is a strong, dynamic, productive and caring place because we seek and include individuals from a broad range of backgrounds, cultures, identities and experiences who are engaged with and committed to each other’s success.

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Chris KeithDiversity and Inclusion Program