Faculty Support

Health and Emotional Well-Being

In the Duke Department of Pediatrics, we know that our most valuable asset is our workforce. In order to support the well-being of members of the department, we have implemented a multi-faceted approach that includes enhancing professional and personal development, increasing a sense of community and belonging, and providing resources and opportunities to improve individual well-being. Our goal is create an environment in which the members of the Department of Pediatrics are empowered to care for themselves and each other while continuing to set standards of excellence in research, education, clinical care and child advocacy.

Personal Assistance Service (PAS)

Personal Assistance Service (PAS) is the faculty/employee assistance program of Duke University and Health System. Their staff of licensed professionals offers assessment, short-term counseling, and referrals to help resolve a range of personal, work, and family problems. PAS services are available at no charge to benefit-eligible Duke faculty, staff, and their family members.

Behavioral Health Acute Care Services

The Duke Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences provides the following acute care services: Emergency Psychiatry, Inpatient Care, Combined Inpatient Medicine/Psychiatry Care, and Consult-Liaison Psychiatry (Psychosomatic Psychiatry). Learn more about these services and our clinic locations.

Duke Bereavement Services

Our mission is to facilitate and support healthy grieving for patients, families, and significant others before, during, and after death, and to educate and support the staff who provide their care. We provide a clearing house for information, resources, and support regarding grief, loss, dying, and death.

Duke Center for Healthcare Safety and Quality's Peer Support Program

The Duke Peer Support Program trains volunteer colleagues to support their peers. Peer Support Volunteers (PSV’s) listen, help their peers process their experiences, and identify appropriate resources as needed. The program is staffed by peer volunteers, does not include professional mental health or other medical services, and should not be used as a substitute for those services.

Disability Management Services

The Disability Management System (DMS) provides leadership to the University and University Health System efforts to ensure an accessible, hospitable working and learning environment for people with disabilities while ensuring compliance with federal and state regulations. The DMS serves as a centralized clearinghouse on disABILITY-related information, procedures and services.

Office of Institutional Equity

Duke is a diverse community committed to the principles of excellence, fairness, and respect for all people. As part of this commitment, we actively value diversity in our workplace and learning environments as we seek to take advantage of the rich backgrounds and abilities of everyone. The Office for Institutional Equity helps advance Duke’s culture of diversity, inclusion, equality, and belonging through educational opportunities and resources.

Faculty Ombudsperson

Our ombudsperson, Laura Svetkey, MD MHS, offers neutral and confidential guidance on a variety of issues for all faculty in the Duke School of Medicine. In addition to her position as School of Medicine Faculty Ombudsperson, she is Professor of Medicine/Nephrology and Vice Chair for Faculty Development and Diversity in the Department of Medicine. She is also the Director of Duke’s CTSA-sponsored internal career development award program (KL2) and the Investigator Development Core of Duke’s REACH Equity Disparities Research Center.

Resilience Tools

The resilience tools are evidence-based, interactive, and specifically designed for busy healthcare workers. Interventions last between 3-15 days. Participants will receive prompts for the tools via email or text message. These tools are provided by the Duke Center for Healthcare Safety and Quality.

Live for Life

Live for Life offers a variety of wellness opportunities, such as health assessments and education, smoking cessation programs, fitness activities and nutrition activities, to help eligible faculty, staff and family members reach their health and fitness goals. 

Duke's Health and Well-Being Toolkit

Find well-being ideas, strategies and other resources for you and your whole team.

Flexible Work Arrangements

Flexible Work Arrangements for regular rank faculty may be requested up to three years for certain life events. For example: Phasing into retirement, personal health/medical, adult care, childcare. Full University benefits are maintained during an approved Flexible Work Arrangement.

Professional Affairs of the Faculty

All regular rank appointments to the faculty of Duke University are made as full time appointments. Recognizing the need for some faculty members to modify their work schedules for extended periods of time, the University may approve flexible work arrangements. These flexible work arrangements are directed toward faculty members for whom Duke University represents their full professional obligation, but who wish to have the flexibility to continue a career in academics while balancing family, pre-retirement planning, or other personal priorities. 

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