Student Programs

The Division of Family Medicine’s educational student programs are designed to teach medical, physician assistant, and pharmacy students. Duke Family Medicine serves as a clinical training site exposing students to the breadth of clinical issues in family medicine affecting all ages, from newborn to geriatric patients. Students gain exposure to a team approach to care and innovations in practice redesign in order to best prepare them for the practice of the future.

The student programs include:

Primary Care Leadership Track

Medical students selected to participate in the Primary Care Leadership Track (PCLT) at Duke rotate through Duke Family Medicine. This four-year program is designed to train future primary care leaders. It offers a unique longitudinal curriculum, consisting of mainly outpatient experiences, increasing exposure to primary care and allowing students to form long-term relationships with patients. PCLT students may be paired with a family physician at Duke Family Medicine where they see patients together weekly for nine months. 

Family Medicine Clerkship for Medical Doctor Students

Duke Family Medicine hosts second-year medical students during their required four-week rotation in family medicine. Students work alongside family physicians and physician assistants seeing patients and managing common acute and chronic conditions. In addition, they may participate in procedures, and gynecological, or sports medicine clinics at Duke Family Medicine. Students also gain exposure to new models of care such as diabetes group visits and CenteringPregnancy®, and participate in Population Health Improvement through Teamwork (PHIT) with residents and faculty.

Family Medicine Clinical Rotation for Physician Assistant Students

Duke Family Medicine is a rotation site for second-year physician assistant students enrolled in the Duke Physician Assistant Program. On their family medicine rotation, students spend eight weeks at the clinic rotating with providers who see a wide variety of both acute and chronic medical conditions in both the pediatric and adult populations. In addition, they participate in a community-based health education project during this time. Students on a four-week women's health rotation spend time at the clinic and surrounding clinics participating in prenatal and gynecological care, including gynecological surgery and labor and delivery experiences. Students in both rotations are offered a unique opportunity to participate in evidence-based medicine in the setting of a patient-centered medical home.  

Ambulatory/Primary Care PharmD Rotation with Campbell University

Duke Family Medicine serves as a rotation site for students enrolled in the Campbell University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program. With oversight and in conjunction with a clinical pharmacist practitioner and certified diabetes educator, students complete a one-month rotation in ambulatory/primary care during which they provide general outpatient family medicine pharmacotherapy services including diabetes mellitus, hypertension, dyslipidemia, and anticoagulation. Evidence-based medicine, communication skills, and clinical documentation are emphasized during the experience.