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The Department of Pediatrics at Duke University Medical Center currently trains 82 residents and 60 fellows in a wide variety of specialty and subspecialty programs. Our pediatric residency and fellowship programs are designed to provide outstanding education to prepare our trainees to excel as clinicians, teachers, researchers, and advocates within the field of pediatrics. The depth and rigor of our residency and fellowship training attracts diverse and talented trainees from across the nation. 

Our department takes great pride in our residents and fellows, seeing these individuals as a reflection of the quality of our programs and part of Duke University School of Medicine’s tradition of excellence. Watch this video to learn more about the unparalleled research opportunities at Duke.

At a Glance

Duke University Medical Center (DUMC) is a nationally-recognized academic medical center with superb clinical experiences and research opportunities along with an intellectual environment that is highly supportive and conducive to the development of an academic career in Pediatrics. The medical center includes its flagship hospital, Duke University Hospital, a tertiary and quaternary care hospital, which is consistently rated as one of the top hospitals in the United States. It provides opportunities for true multi-disciplinary and interprofessional clinical care and research. DUMC provides a vibrant, interactive, scientific community where ideas are actively discussed and exchanged among scientists with basic science, translational and clinical research expertise.

The Department of Pediatrics at DUMC includes outstanding faculty, trainees and staff whose combined efforts have created an environment that fosters innovative clinical care, exceptional research productivity, and an outstanding training environment. The over 200 faculty in 19 divisions  in the Department of Pediatrics are exceptional and balanced across all missions and provide outstanding mentorship to our trainees; additional, training and research productivity are further enhanced by the integration of department members throughout the wider University. Collaborative and innovative patient care and research takes place between departments within the School of Medicine and through interactions with many of the schools and departments on the adjacent Duke University campus. Notably, the department was ranked first nationally in NIH funding for Pediatrics Departments in 2019.

Watch a video highlighting selected notable achievements in the history of Duke Children's and the Duke Department of Pediatrics.

The Duke Children’s Hospital, which is consistently ranked as one of the Best Children's Hospitals in the nation, currently accommodates approximately 7,000 annual admissions and has 190 inpatient beds, including a 67-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, a 16-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, a 16-bed Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, and a 16-bed Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplantation Unit (the largest in the world). The McGovern-Davison Children's Health Center is located adjacent to the hospital and serves as the site for ambulatory pediatric subspecialty care, with approximately 70,000 annual visits. Its primary care sites are spread throughout the community.

Pediatric patients are referred to Duke Children’s Hospital from a large geographical area that includes most of the Eastern United States and intermittently extends to international referrals. In addition, we provide primary and emergency care for the children of Durham and the surrounding areas. More than half of our patients are insured by Medicaid. The experience of our service ranges from complicated presentations of common diseases to the unique problems seen at a tertiary and quaternary medical center. 

Learn more about the pediatric critical care teams at Duke Children's Hospital & Health Center, who provide essential, specialized, state-of-the-art pediatric services to our patients and families. 

Advancing Our Future

Most of the Children’s Hospital inpatient units will relocate to the first four floors of a beautiful new bed tower in 2021. The new facility will feature the latest in state-of-the-art medical technology, new diagnostic and surgical treatment rooms and a host of family-friendly amenities. The new inpatient home for Duke Children’s was designed to provide the flexibility to adapt as technology evolves and provide modern work spaces for patient care teams and pediatric consultants, while offering more privacy and space for families.

Duke in Durham

The beauty of Duke’s campus rivals any--conveying tradition and innovation, from Gothic architecture to world-class medical facilities. Similarly, Durham’s dynamic neighborhoods and thriving businesses celebrate the combination of old and new. With close ties to the community and commitment to outstanding education, Duke University and Duke University Medical Center's venerable past and vital future offer extraordinary opportunities to medical students, residents, fellows and faculty. We invite you to discover your own future potential for growth, for achievement, and for professional satisfaction by investigating the possibilities at Duke in Durham.

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Research Resources

The following are some examples of Duke's Centers and Institutes that provide abundant research resources and opportunities for our faculty and trainees.

Research Centers and Institutes

Learn more about the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI), which is comprised of a team of renowned faculty leaders, researchers, and experienced operational experts coming together to follow a singular pursuit: improving outcomes for patients around the world through innovative clinical research.

Brain Imaging and Analysis Center (BIAC)

Faculty in the BIAC are leaders in imaging methodology development, analysis techniques, and their application to cognitive and clinical neurosciences. In addition, the BIAC offers imaging services to other imaging faculty members on campus and at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

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Center for Genomic & Computational Biology (GCB)

The mission of GCB is to foster excellence in genomics and computational biology across Duke’s campus through research collaborations, educational activities, and core facilities. The focus is interdisciplinary research that dissolves the distinction between the wet lab and quantitative analysis. GCB educational programs support undergraduate and graduate students, along with senior researchers through provision of a variety of classes, hands-on workshops, and research opportunities. In addition, CCB operates six core facilities that provide expertise and services in genomic and computational technologies and in data analysis.

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Center for Human Disease Modeling

The Center for Human Disease Modeling represents a new, hybrid activity on the Duke Campus that bridges genetics, genomics, cell biology, and clinical investigation. The primary mission of the Center is to develop and implement biological assays to understand genetic variation discovered in patients and to facilitate the use of such data to improve clinical outcomes.

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Center for Interprofessional Education and Care

Duke Health Center for Interprofessional Education and Care promotes the development of health professions programs that are committed to the transformation of the culture of care to one that is collaborative and team-based. Health professions education at Duke prepares learners to become practice-ready partners providing high quality, team-based care in order to optimize health outcomes for individuals, families and populations.

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Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development

The Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development is one of five centers for aging research established by the Surgeon General of the United States in 1955. It is the only continuously funded member of the original group. With more than 126 Faculty (Senior Fellows) and core staff members garnering more than $20 million in annual age-related research funding, it remains a vital national resource for the study of aging.

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Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI)

The DCRI, the world's largest academic clinical research organization, is known for conducting groundbreaking multinational clinical trials, managing major national patient registries, and performing landmark outcomes research. DCRI research spans multiple disciplines, from pediatrics to geriatrics, primary care to subspecialty medicine, and genomics to proteomics.  The DCRI also is home to the Duke Databank for Cardiovascular Diseases, the largest and oldest institutional cardiovascular database in the world, which continues to inform clinical decision-making 40 years after its founding.

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Duke Cancer Institute (DCI)

By uniting hundreds of cancer physicians, researchers, educators, and staff across the medical center, medical school, and health system under a shared administrative structure, the DCI offers unprecedented opportunities for collaboration among the scientists in our labs and caregivers in our hospitals and clinics.

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Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI)

The DGHI works to reduce health disparities in our local community and worldwide. DGHI recognizes that many global health problems stem from economic, social, environmental, political and health care inequalities. The institute is composed of interdisciplinary teams focused on solving complex health problems and training the next generation of global health scholars.

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Duke Human Vaccine Institute (DHVI)

By focusing on the “bottlenecks” for the development of HIV, TB, and other vaccines, DHVI investigators are poised to make major new contributions to global health challenges.

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Duke Institute for Brain Sciences (DIBS)

DIBS brings together a diverse community of academics from the biomedical sciences, social sciences, physical sciences, humanities, law, business, public policy, mathematics, computer science and engineering. (Because it bridges both campus and School of Medicine activities, this institute organizationally falls under the leadership of the Provost.)

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Duke Molecular Physiology Institute (DMPI)

Duke Molecular Physiology Institute produces integrated multi-omics and physiologic profiles of chronic human diseases, and uses such profiles to develop new disease detection strategies, novel therapies, and insights into disease mechanisms.

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MEDx

MEDx is an initiative that formalizes longstanding partnerships between Duke’s School of Medicine and Pratt School of Engineering.  The purpose of MEDx is to foster the exchange of ideas and create research opportunities between physicians, engineers, computer scientists, researchers and innovators. 

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Regeneration Next

Regeneration Next is an initiative to synergize discovery and translational research on tissue regeneration among faculty, trainees, and staff throughout the Duke University campus.  Launched in January of 2016, the program supports seven different research programs, each dedicated to a specialty within the field of stem cell and regenerative medicine. 

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Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities and History of Medicine

The Trent Center is committed to the critical examination of ethical and social issues in the practice of medicine, the process of research, and the distribution of resources to improve health.

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Watch a video about Dr. Kristin Schroeder and her team in the Duke Global Health Institute, who have been working in Mwanza, Tanzania, to improve outcomes for children with cancer.

Duke Pediatric Research Scholars Program for Physician-Scientist Development (DPRS)

The Duke Pediatric Research Scholars Program (DPRS) is a Physician-Scientist Training Program (PSTP) dedicated to preparing burgeoning physician-scientists for careers in academic medicine. The program focuses on the period from the completion of the MD, DO, MD/PhD, or DO/PhD degree through residency and fellowship training, with the goal of achieving a full-time academic appointment as an investigator. DPRS combines the intensive clinical training environment of Duke Children’s with the rigorous scientific training of the world-renowned research at Duke University. 

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Office for Physician-Scientist Development (OSPD)

The Office of Physician-Scientist Development was established in 2018 by Dean Mary E. Klotman to promote scientific engagement among physicians, trainees, and medical students. It is led by Associate Dean of Physician-Scientist Development, Sallie Permar MD, PhD, and Faculty Director, Rasheed Gbadegesin, MD, MBBS, both of whom are also faculty in the Department of Pediatrics. 

The OPSD serves physician-scientist trainees at all levels, by providing services, coordinating the physician-scientist training efforts across departments, centers, institutes, and related offices within the School of Medicine. The office also serves as a central resource for information and programming including training in grant writing, mentoring, leadership development, and funding opportunities.

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Advanced Degree Opportunities

Master and Doctorate of Public Health

Master and Doctorate of Public Health (MPH, PhD, DrPH) at the UNC-CH Gillings School of Global Public Health, which offers degree programs in biostatistics, epidemiology, health behavior, health policy and management, and maternal and child health. The school is consistently ranked among the top 3 public health schools in the US. Our fellows have taken advantage of Duke's proximity (~15 mins) to the UNC-CH School of Global Public Health to obtain an MPH or PhD in a wide variety of disciplines, including epidemiology and biostatistics. 

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Doctorate in Pharmaceutical Sciences

Doctorate in Pharmaceutical Sciences (PhD) at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy offers advanced training in clinical pharmacology with dedicated coursework in pharmacokinetics, metabolism, pharmacogenomics, trial design, and biostatistics.

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Master of Science in Global Health

Master of Science in Global Health (MSc-GH) through the Duke Global Health Institute is one of the first programs of its kind in the US and is designed to support trainees interested in pursuing a career in global health research. Students gain a solid foundation in the methods for conducting research in a global setting, with an emphasis on ethics and working in cross-cultural settings.

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Master in Health Sciences in Clinical Research

The NIH-Duke Master's Program in Clinical Research, established in 1998, is one of the nation's first training programs in clinical research. This program allows participants to attend formal courses in research design, research management, medical genomics, and statistical analysis at the Clinical Center by means of video-conferencing from Duke or on-site by adjunct faculty. The program leads to a Master of Health Sciences in Clinical Research (MSCR), a professional degree awarded by the Duke University School of Medicine. There is also a non-degree option for qualified students who want to pursue specific areas of interest.

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Community Outreach

We recognize that the well-being of our patients is deeply rooted in the well-being of their families and communities and that the care we provide in clinic and hospital settings is just one piece of a broader framework through which we can affect lives and optimize health outcomes. Therefore, we consider community partnerships and collaborative efforts to educate and mobilize the public, community groups, and policy makers around child and adolescent health issues foundational to how Duke Pediatrics cares for every single child and our community as a whole.

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Diversity and Inclusion

At the Duke Department of Pediatrics, we believe that diversity, equity and inclusion are key drivers of institutional excellence which accelerate our ability to innovate and solve complex problems. The department is committed to ongoing development and implementattion of strategies that foster a culture of inclusion in which highly qualified students, residents, fellows, faculty and staff from diverse talent pools experience a genuine sense of belonging, engagement and achievement.  

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The Duke University School of Medicine has been nationally recognized for its commitment to diversity and inclusion. Watch this short video to learn more about this commitment.

 


Residency Programs in the Department of Pediatrics

Fellowship Programs in the Department of Pediatrics

ACGME-Accredited Fellowships
Allergy/Immunology Infectious Diseases
Cardiology Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
Child Abuse and Neglect Nephrology
Critical Care Medicine Pulmonology
Endocrinology Rheumatology
Gastroenterology Medicine-Pediatrics / Rheumatology (combined)
Biomedical Genetics Allergy-Immunology / Rheumatology (combined)
Hematology-Oncology Critical Care / Cardiology (combined)
Hospital Medicine (ICGME-approved, pending ACGME)  
Institutionally Approved Fellowships
Blood & Marrow Transplantation Childhood Obesity
Cardiac Electrophysiology Performance Improvement & Safety
Pediatric & Congenital Interventional Cardiology Infant Complex Care
Clinical Biochemical Genetics Advanced Research Fellowships (available for several subspecialties)
Advanced Critical Care Medicine