Support the Department

The Department of Family Medicine and Community Health is committed to maintaining excellence in our strategic mission of improving the health of people in their communities. To continue to build this department of distinction, we must rely on the generosity of individuals who share our vision. The following areas are giving opportunities currently available to support the growth of our department.


  • Family Medicine & Community Health Endowment: Funds would help create and support our first fully funded department professorship.
  • Leonard and Margaret Goldwater Professorship Endowment Fund: These funds would be used to create and support an endowed professorship for occupational and environmental medicine.

  • Duke PA Endowments: Should you wish to consider establishing an endowment in the Duke Physician Assistant Program, please contact, (919) 681-3259.


  • Family Medicine & Community Health Research Support and Education Fund: This fund provides for general departmental education and research support.
  • Goldwater Occupational Medicine Research Fund: These funds support general research in the field of occupational and environmental medicine.
  • LGBTQ+ Health Disparities Fund: The Duke Family Medicine Center is working to expand its clinical practice to include an LGBTQ+ patient-centered medical home (PCMH), in coordination and cooperation with key Duke University stakeholders and the local LGBTQ+ community, to increase the quality of care experienced by Durham and Duke’s LGBTQ+ identified patients. There is a need for medical professionals to incorporate LGBTQ+ advocacy and research into their professional development, to not only allow for advancements within medicine, but also to serve as positive role models for more junior LGBTQ+ individuals in medicine.

Education & Training

The Joyce Copeland, MD, Residency Education Fund

The Joyce Copeland, M.D., Residency Education Fund honors Dr. Copeland’s decades of service to the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, specifically the family medicine residency and division. The fund supports residency learning and academic excellence for our physicians-in-training, and honors Dr. Copeland’s long and rewarding career as a physician, mentor, and friend.

Duke Physician Assistant Program Giving Opportunities

The Duke Physician Assistant Program has three scholarship funds to provide grant-in-aid awards to deserving students. In the past 10 years, over 250 Duke PA students have received scholarships through the donations of alumni and others. 

You can designate your gift to any of the three funds:

  • General Scholarship fund: All students are eligible for grants-in-aid awards from the general scholarship fund. These scholarships are awarded annually in amounts ranging from $1,000 to $5,000.

  • Global Health fund: The Global Health fund awards one $1,000 scholarship each year to a student who is pursuing a Global Health Elective, to offset costs of travel and housing in the host country.

  • Striver fund: This fund awards scholarships designated for students who are overcoming disadvantaged economic or educational backgrounds, and honors the memories of Fiona Lawrence (Class of 2012) and Marcus Johnson (Class of 2013) who passed away during their enrollment in the PA program.