Virtual Pediatric Experience


To create a virtual visiting “experience” for fourth-year medical students underrepresented in medicine (who are unable to participate in a visiting pediatric elective at Duke). The virtual 2-week rotation will offer a curriculum to prepare students for health equity advocacy, community health engagement, community engaged research during residency, and opportunities to engage with our Duke pediatric community.


  • August 19 – August 30, 2024
  • September 9 – September 20, 2024
  • September 30 – October 11, 2024
  • November 4 – November 15, 2024


Applicants should:

  • Be full-time, fourth year medical students underrepresented in medicine, in good standing at a United States MD or DO medical school program
  • Have completed core clinical clerkships prior to participating
  • Have a record of good academic standing
  • Have passed USMLE Step 1

Unique Aspects of the 2-week Rotation

  1. Weekly Teaching Sessions:
    1. Resident as teacher best practices (learn from a resident)
    2. Gen Peds/Specialty topics
    3. Learn about the community health initiatives at Duke, community engaged research, health equity (focused on advocacy), and implicit bias
  2. Opportunity to Participate in Several Duke Educational Experiences Each Week:
    1. Resident AM Report
    2. Student-only AM Report
    3. Fellow’s Research Conference
    4. Department of Pediatrics Grand Rounds
    5. Department of Pediatric Chair’s Conference
    6. Department of Pediatrics Faculty Research Presentations
  3. Meeting with current faculty/fellows in fields of the students’ choosing, includes meeting with faculty and residents involved in community health initiatives and community health research
  4. Virtual “Happy Hour” with current Duke residents / Resident Diversity Committee
  5. Opportunity to meet one-on-one with Duke Pediatrics / Medicine Pediatrics Residency Program Leadership
  6. Meet with Department of Pediatrics Diversity leadership to know about the efforts to support those underrepresented in medicine
  7. Educational sessions and discussions on health equity (focused on advocacy), implicit bias, Duke community health initiatives, Duke faculty led community engaged research, and more about Duke and Durham.
  8. The rotation will take place on a monthly basis from August to November, with groups of 4-6 students participating each month. A brief application will require a statement of interest, unofficial transcript, and attestation of passing Step 1.

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, although those wishing to participate in August must submit their materials by 06/30/2024. Please submit your application with preference of dates to pediatric UME director Samrat Das at

Please note, this rotation will not qualify for academic credit through Duke. A limited number of merit-based scholarships of $500.00 will be provided to qualified students.

Example Schedule

  Week 1 Week 2

Overview of the Rotation (7:00-8:00am)

Resident Morning Report (8:00-8:45am)

Virtual Ward Rounds (9:00-11:00am)

Resident Morning Report (8:00-8:45am)

Virtual Ward Rounds (9:00-11:00am)

Meet with Residency Director (3:00-4:00pm)


Grand Rounds (8:00-9:00am)

Session with Resident in RATs Rotation (2:00-3:00pm)

Fellow Research Conference (4:00-5:30pm)

Grand Rounds (8:00-9:00am)

Session with Resident in RATs Rotation (2:00-3:00pm)

Coffee Chat with a Resident (4:00-5:00pm)


Resident Morning Report (8:00-8:45am)

Weekly Teaching Session (2:00-3:00pm)

Meet with Peds Faculty Engaged in Community Health Research (5:00-6:00pm)

Resident Morning Report (8:00-8:45am)

Weekly Teaching Session (2:00-3:00pm)

Meet with Peds Faculty Engaged in Community Outreach Activities (5:00-6:00pm)


Resident Morning Report (8:00-8:45am)

Virtual Ward Rounds (9:00-11:00am)

Session on Health Equity Advocacy (3:00-4:00pm)

Meet with Peds Residency Diversity Committee (5:00-6:00pm)

Resident Morning Report (8:00-8:45 am)

Virtual Ward Rounds (9:00-11:00am)

Coffee chat with Peds Faculty Based on Area of Interest (3:00-4:00pm)

Meet with Peds Diversity Office Chair (3:30-4:30pm)


Student-only Morning Report (8:00-8:45am)

Chair’s Conference (12:00-1:00pm)

Session about Duke and Durham (2:00-3:00pm) 

Student-only Morning Report (8:00-8:45 am)

Faculty Research Presentation (12:00-1:00pm)

Virtual Happy Hour (with residents) 5:00pm