From the Division Chief

John W. Ragsdale III, MDOur division is home to the clinical practice and the residency program in family medicine within Duke’s Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. Our clinical family medicine practices, affiliated with Duke Primary Care and the Private Diagnostic Clinic, includes service lines in sports medicine, obstetrics, gynecology, care of adults and children, geriatrics, transitional care between home, hospital and community-based services, and innovative group appointments to address chronic disease — 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 on a daily basis. Our faculty have also completed this curriculum, and utilize the skills and knowledge they have gained, as well. Together, 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 Program, 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 partner with the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery for a Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship.  Our faculty members provide oversight of major components of the medical school curriculum, including the doctoring course.

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 clinics 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 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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The Division of Family Medicine is dedicated to improving the health of populations and communities in the greater Durham area. The division encompasses one family medicine clinic, the Family Medicine Residency Program, family medicine student programs, and the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship in collaboration with the Department or Orthopaedic Surgery.