The mission of the Division of Medicine-Pediatrics is to lead the advancement of innovative healthcare throughout the lifespan by leveraging synergies and collaborations unique to the specialty of Medicine-Pediatrics, to train the next generation of Medicine-Pediatrics physician leaders, to continually expand the contributions of Medicine-Pediatrics faculty to academic scholarship and institutional programs, and to improve the health of the local community through partner engagement and advocacy. The Division is primarily located in the Department of Pediatrics and has strong and growing ties to the Department of Medicine through the training of residents and active contributions of secondarily-affiliated members.
Since the establishment of the Duke Medicine-Pediatrics Residency training program in 1986, there has been significant growth of the Medicine-Pediatrics discipline at Duke, with over 40 faculty practicing in various clinical capacities at Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, and the Durham-VA Medical Center, including primary care, hospital medicine, or other specialty fields. The long-standing presence of Medicine-Pediatrics at Duke, combined with exceptional program leadership, over many years has firmly established Medicine-Pediatrics as a well-known and deeply valued presence that affects the entire breadth of the health system and medical school.
The division currently includes seven Medicine-Pediatrics primary care faculty members who practice in the integrated faculty–resident ambulatory clinic.
Education and Training
Duke Medicine-Pediatrics is strongly committed to educating and training the next generation of Medicine-Pediatrics physicians, and all current section faculty members teach and mentor both residents and medical students. The Duke Medicine-Pediatrics Residency is a shared training program between the Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics. The program recruits six combined Medicine-Pediatrics residents per year and offers diverse training in both adult and pediatric medicine with substantial experiences in primary care, hospital medicine, and subspecialty medicine. Primary inpatient training sites include Duke University Hospital, the Durham Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center, and Duke Regional Hospital. Outpatient care is provided at the combined Medicine-Pediatrics faculty-resident primary care clinic. Duke Medicine-Pediatrics graduates enter careers in specialty fields (50%), primary care, hospital medicine and global health.
Medicine-Pediatrics faculty are engaged in a wide range of academic pursuits in the domains of medical education, pediatric-to-adult transitional care, complex care, high value care, population health, quality improvement, health information technology, and health disparities, among others. A number of institutional resources are available to facilitate clinical and research collaborations, including the Duke Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI) and the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI), among many others. Notably, the DCRI is the world's largest academic clinical research organization. Its research spans multiple disciplines, from pediatrics to geriatrics, primary care to subspecialty medicine, and genomics to proteomics.
The Division of Medicine-Pediatrics provides comprehensive, state-of-the-art primary care services for patients of all ages, including those with complex chronic conditions. Other significant domains of Medicine-Pediatrics clinical work beyond the division include pediatric and adult hospital medicine services, both at Duke University Hospital and in community hospital settings, pediatric and adult medical specialty clinics, including discrete transitional services, and outlying community-based medical home settings.
Because there is frequent crossover of disease and treatment between children and adults, Medicine-Pediatrics training capitalizes on the consolidation of these two specialties. Our goal is to ensure that health care services continue uninterrupted as our patients transition from infancy to adolescence to adulthood. In addition to routine preventative medicine and well care, acute and chronic disease management, we are also uniquely positioned to care for children with complex and chronic conditions as they transition to adulthood. All of our physicians are members of the faculty of the Duke University School of Medicine and are double board-certified.