The Duke Family Medicine Center

The Duke Family Medicine Center is the ambulatory clinic where residents and faculty practice. Established more than 30 years ago, the center serves as the medical home for more than 13,500 patients and has over 35,000 patient visits a year. 

Each resident is assigned a panel of patients they will see in continuity during their three years at the Duke Family Medicine Center. Residents spend one to five half days a week at the center, depending on rotations and other responsibilities. Residents work in an interdisciplinary team, teach students, and have practice management and quality improvement responsibilities at the center. They also conduct group visits through CenteringPregnancy®.

Duke University Medical Center

The Duke University Medical Center is the primary site for hospital-based experiences in the first year. Residents rotate on the following services in this 762-bed, tertiary care center: inpatient pediatrics, full-term nursery, obstetrics, and emergency medicine. Additional outpatient experiences occur through the Duke University Medical Center outpatient clinics. The medical center is conveniently located down the street from the Duke Family Medicine Center.

Micro-Based Clinical Sites

The Department of Family Medicine and Community Health partners with Lincoln Community Health Center (a FQHC) to operate three micro clinics: Walltown Neighborhood Clinic, Lyon Park Clinic, and Holton Wellness Center. These micro clinics help ensure that each member of the neighborhood gets regular check-ups, preventive care, and easy access to affordable care for chronic illnesses. 

Our community health experience is done longitudinally instead of a block. All residents choose one community site from the list below to longitudinally see patients one half day a week during their second and third years, in addition to their continuity clinic at the Duke Family Medicine Center.

Community Health

Residents also work at various sites in the Durham community during their community medicine longitudinal community experience in the PGY II and III years.  Every resident is assigned to one of the following sites: 


Triangle Residential Options for Substance Abuse Inc. (TROSA) is a two-year residential program that provides training, health care, education, and mentoring to people who are struggling with substance abuse. Residents may select their community clinic experiences at TROSA’s evening clinic.

El Futuro

The mission of El Futuro is to strengthen the whole community by providing and advancing bilingual and culturally informed behavioral health treatment for underserved Spanish-speaking individuals and families. El Futuro does this by providing:

  • high impact (evidence based) clinical services
  • training for professionals who work with this population
  • prevention, education, and outreach in the community

The clinical work done at El Futuro includes evidence-based practices under the supervision of clinicians who are licensed behavioral health service providers in North Carolina. Therapy includes Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), and Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS).

VA Prime Clinic

Located in the Durham VA Medical Center, this continuity site offers primary health care for veterans. It increases exposure of family medicine residents to veterans’ population and the needs of veterans.

Duke Primary Care of Oxford

Located in the city of Oxford, this family medicine practice provides comprehensive care to the people in this town of 8,400 and its surrounding counties. This is great opportunity to experience the life and role of a family physician in a rural community. 

Other Training Sites


Located in Raleigh, NC, residents complete training in the outpatient pediatric arm of Wake Med.

Durham VA Medical Center

The 264-bed Durham Veterans Administration Medical Center is located just down the street from the Duke Family Medicine Center. Residents rotate on the Medical Intensive Care Unit and Inpatient Surgical Service.

Duke Regional Hospital

Residents spend one month of intern year on an Internal Medicine Service in this 369-bed community hospital.

Granville Health System

Starting in 2017, residents complete one month of rural family medicine training at this rural hospital offering full spectrum family medicine.