The Duke Physician Assistant Program is located near downtown Durham at 800 South Duke Street in the former headquarters of BCBS of North Carolina. The building was completely gutted and adapted for the PA program in 2009. This 34,000-square foot building has state-of-the-art educational spaces including an electronic master classroom, small group rooms, multiple physical diagnosis suites, diagnostic methods laboratory, clinical simulators, student gathering and study spaces, conference rooms and faculty/staff offices. Parking is free and adjacent to the building.
Students in the Duke Physician Assistant Program have the full educational resources of the Duke University Medical Center available to them including some 2,000 research and adjunct faculty and more than 1,100 full-time faculty in the clinical departments. Duke University Hospital is a teaching institution and is licensed for 924 beds.
The Medical Center Library & Archives, located in the Seeley G. Mudd building on Duke’s medical campus, is a superb facility offering many options for group and individual study, wireless internet, public computer terminals, and print/copy stations. The library has approximately 183,500 print volumes and 4,400 electronic journal titles as well as over 100 biomedical databases. Librarians are available for consultation or classes and strive to teach life-long information and evidence-based practice competencies and foster technological innovation.
Also within the medical center are the Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Heart Center, the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development and the Eye Center.
Most classroom activities during the preclinical phase of the program take place at the 800 S. Duke Street building. Anatomy labs are held in the Human Gross Anatomy Lab in Duke South. Selected small group meetings may occur in other rooms located in the clinical areas of the hospital.
During the clinical year, many student rotational experiences are scheduled at Duke University Hospital and the adjacent Durham Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Some Durham rotations also use Duke Regional Hospital. To experience a range of clinical practice, students are also scheduled for rotations in private community practices, public health clinics and large and small community hospitals located throughout North Carolina and the Southeast. All students are asked to complete a minimum of 2 months of rotational assignments in a medically underserved area.