Duke Family Medicine and Community Health is a front runner in developing innovative educational programs for a wide range of medical professionals and health science learners. Explore our training, fellowship, residency, and faculty development programs below.

Degree Programs

Duke Physician Assistant Program
Master of Health Sciences

The Department of Family Medicine and Community Health's flagship student program is the Duke Physician Assistant Program, birthplace of the PA profession. The Duke Physician Assistant Program's mission is to educate caring, competent primary care physician assistants who practice evidence-based medicine, are leaders in the profession, dedicated to their communities, culturally sensitive, and devoted to positive transformation of the health care system. It is the birthplace of the physician assistant profession.

Further training for physician assistant students, medical students and pharmacy students in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health includes:

Master of Health Sciences in Clinical Leadership

Through real-world examples and hands-on education, the Master of Health Sciences in Clinical Leadership provides health care professionals with the training necessary to be adept and versatile leaders who can meet the complexities of today’s ever-changing health care environment with innovative solutions.


The Department of Family Medicine and Community Health has twp residencies in family medicine and one in occupational and environmental medicine.

Family Medicine Residency

The Duke Family Medicine Residency Program trains physician leaders who partner with health care and community teams to meet the health needs of patients and populations. The three overlapping domains are leadership development, research/analytic skills acquisition and development, and population health improvement.

The Family Medicine Residency also offers a CARiNG-StARR (Creating Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias Researchers for the Next Generation – Stimulating Access to Research in Residency) Pathway to support protected time for residents to conduct research on issues related to Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD).

Rural Training Track of Family Medicine Residency

Duke Rural Training Track Family Medicine Residency launched in July 2021 building off the success of the original program with a goal to grow health equity by increasing access to care in near-by rural communities. The sister programs share many curricular elements with adding robust rural training in neighboring Oxford and Henderson, NC.

Occupational Medicine Residency

The residency program in occupational and environmental medicine trains top-notch, board-certified, occupational physicians who possess the knowledge and skills necessary to provide occupational and environmental health professional services in a wide variety of settings.

Pharmacy PGY2 Ambulatory Care Residency with Campbell University

The Department of Family Medicine and Community Health's Duke Family Medicine Center is a training site for PGY2 pharmacy residents from Campbell University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences.


Duke Family Medicine and Community Health offers the following fellowships:

Clinical Leadership and Transformation Training

The Department of Family Medicine & Community health offers the following following training programs for clinic leadership and training:

Service Learning

Since 2002, Learning Together has created community partnerships and offered training, mentoring, and outreach opportunities for Duke learners (students) interested in providing health-related service.

Faculty Development

  • Family Medicine and Community Health faculty and staff may become members of Duke Academy for Health Professions Education and Academic Development (Duke AHEAD), which promotes excellence in the education of health professionals by creating a community of education scholars, fostering innovation in health professions education, supporting outstanding teachers, providing faculty development programs, and facilitating quality education research.
  • Faculty may take advantage of the School of Medicine's Office for Faculty Development, which serves as a resource for faculty at all levels.

Continuing Medical Education

The Department of Family Medicine and Community Health's Continuing Medical Education (CME) programs offer training in providing exemplary patient care and teaching health professions learners, in addition to providing education on many community and population health topics.

Credentialing for Faculty in Community Health

Community health credentialing can be obtained as a secondary credential. For more information on the credentialing process and criteria, please contact Michelle Lyn, MHA, MBA, chief of the Division of Community Health.