The Division of Family Medicine is dedicated to improving the health of populations and communities in the greater Durham area. The division encompasses two clinics — Duke Family Medicine Center and Duke Family Medicine North Duke Street — the Duke Family Medicine Residency Program, family medicine student programs, and the Primary Care Sports Medicine fellowship.

Family Medicine History

In the spring of 1985, the fate of the Department of Community and Family Medicine was in question after William Anlyan, M.D., then-chancellor of health affairs for Duke University, made the announcement that all clinical operations of the department would be phased out, including the family medicine clinical practice and residency program.

What followed was a very public struggle between Duke University Medical Center, Durham County General Hospital, family physicians from across the nation, Duke medical students and alumni, and national family medicine organizations. It wasn’t the first time the department had to fight for family medicine, though, and it wouldn’t be the last.

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