Support the Department

The Department of Family Medicine and Community Health is committed to maintaining excellence in our strategic mission of improving the health of people in their communities. To continue to build this department of distinction, we must rely on the generosity of individuals who share our vision. The following areas are giving opportunities currently available to support the growth of our department.

Family Medicine GME Gift Fund

The highly-respected 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. You can support these current trainees by making a gift to the Family Medicine GME Gift Fund. This fund directly cares for them by providing the opportunity to attend national and international conferences and rotations, as well as supporting their visibility on the national and international stage. It also helps us to continue to improve our already top-notch training program and attract high-profile visiting professors. Thank you for your consideration to support the training of our future physician leaders.

The Joyce Copeland, MD, Residency Education Fund

The Joyce Copeland, M.D., Residency Education Fund honors Dr. Copeland’s decades of service to the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, specifically the family medicine residency and division. The fund supports residency learning and academic excellence for our physicians-in-training, and honors Dr. Copeland’s long and rewarding career as a physician, mentor, and friend.

LGBTQ+ Health Disparities Fund

The Duke Family Medicine Center is working to expand its clinical practice to include an LGBTQ+ patient-centered medical home (PCMH), in coordination and cooperation with key Duke University stakeholders and the local LGBTQ+ community, to increase the quality of care experienced by Durham and Duke’s LGBTQ+ identified patients. There is a need for medical professionals to incorporate LGBTQ+ advocacy and research into their professional development, to not only allow for advancements within medicine, but also to serve as positive role models for more junior LGBTQ+ individuals in medicine. 

Duke Physician Assistant Program Giving Opportunities

The Duke Physician Assistant Program has three scholarship funds to provide grant-in-aid awards to deserving students. In the past 10 years, over 250 Duke PA students have received scholarships through the donations of alumni and others. 

You can designate your gift to any of the three funds:

  • General Scholarship fund: All students are eligible for grants-in-aid awards from the general scholarship fund. These scholarships are awarded annually in amounts ranging from $1,000 to $5,000. Make a gift to the General Scholarship fund.

  • Global Health fund: The Global Health fund awards one $1,000 scholarship each year to a student who is pursuing a Global Health Elective, to offset costs of travel and housing in the host country. Make a gift to the Global Health fund.

  • Striver fund: This fund awards scholarships designated for students who are overcoming disadvantaged economic or educational backgrounds, and honors the memories of Fiona Lawrence (Class of 2012) and Marcus Johnson (Class of 2013) who passed away during their enrollment in the PA program. Make a gift to the Striver fund.

Duke PA Endowments

Should you wish to consider establishing an endowment in the PA Program, please contact, (919) 681-3259. Endowment donors to date include the following:

  • Robert E. Buchanan Fund (Marie Wiles ’05)
  • Nancy and James Hill, Jr. (’76)
  • Margo and Andrew Illobre (’87)
  • Walter and Frances Maytham Memorial Scholarship Endowment
  • Lisa and John McElligott (’74)


To discuss the many options for supporting the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, contact:

Anthony J. Viera, MD, MPH
Chair, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
Phone: 919-681-3178

Sally Schatz
Director of Development
Duke Health Development and Alumni Affairs
Phone: 919-385-0034