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 21- September 1, 2023
  • September 11 - September 22, 2023
  • October 2 - October 13, 2023
  • November 6 - November 17, 2023


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 Program Aspects

During the 2-week rotation, students will:

  • Participate in weekly teaching sessions, including:
    • Resident as teacher best practices (learn from a resident)
    • General Pediatrics/Specialty topics
    • Community health initiatives at Duke, community-engaged research, health equity (focused on advocacy and implicit bias
  • Participate in several Duke educational experiences each week, including:
    • Resident AM report
    • Student only AM report
    • Fellow’s research conference
    • Department of Pediatrics Grand Rounds
    • Department of Pediatric Chair’s conference
    • Department of Pediatrics Faculty Research presentations
  • Meet 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
  • Attend virtual “Happy Hour” with current Duke residents / Resident Diversity Committee
  • Meet one-on-one with Duke Pediatrics / Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program leadership
  • Meet with Department of Pediatrics Diversity leadership to gain awareness about efforts to support those underrepresented in medicine
  • Attend 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

How to Apply

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. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, although those wishing to participate in August must submit their materials by 06/30/2023. Please submit your application with preference of dates to the UME director

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