From the Division Chief

John W. Ragsdale III, MD

The Division of Family Medicine is home to the family medicine clinical practice and residency program pof Duke’s Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. Our clinical family medicine practice includes medical doctors and advance practice providers who work collaboratively to offer services lines in sports medicine, obstetrics, gynecology, care of adults and children, geriatrics and the LGBTQ+ population. In short, the full spectrum of clinical family medicine. But ... we are more than that.

Our residency program is widely known for its innovative approach to training in population health and community health. Our residents complete a three-year curriculum in the Population Health Improvement through Teamwork (PHIT) Curriculum, and they apply what they learn in PHIT in our clinical practice. Learners and faculty take responsibility not only for outstanding clinical care of individual patients throughout the lifespan, but also for the health of our community, and for all patients who call our practice their medical home.

We partner with our colleagues in the divisions of Community Health and Occupational and Environmental Medicine and the Physician Assistant Studeies to provide outstanding training for students in the Duke University School of Medicine and Duke University School of Nursing, as well as other learners. We also home to the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship in collaboration with the Department of Orthopedic Surgery.

Lastly, we are proud of our faculty members who provide oversight of major components of the medical school curriculum, including the doctoring course to help train the care providers of the future.

In short, we have an outstanding group of faculty and routinely train outstanding learners in primary care and family medicine. We hope you will take the time to learn more about our faculty, our clinic and our learners. Please feel free to contact us if you would like to know more.

With warm regards,

John W. Ragsdale III, MD
Division Chief
Vice Chair, Clinical Services

Family Medicine Residency

The Duke Family Medicine Residency partners with local health care and community teams to meet the needs of various individuals, families, and populations, with the core goal of reducing health care disparities and improving health.

About the Residency

Duke Family Medicine Center

Established more than 30 years ago, Duke’s Family Medicine Center, a Duke Primary Care-affiliated clinic, serves as the medical home for more than 9,000 patients and has over 28,000 patient visits a year. 

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