The School of Medicine at Duke University

Medical School Admissions

Admissions Policies and Procedures

Details on the policies, preferences, criteria, factors, and procedures used in the admission process. Data appear as originally submitted by this school.

Maturity, strong study habits, intelligence, character, integrity, and professionalism are essential qualifications for admission. Beyond these, premedical students should strive for an education that develops abilities to observe critically, think analytically, and work independently.

Admissions Information

Director of admissions Dr. Brenda Armstrong
Application fee $85
AMCAS application accepted Yes
Applications accepted June 15 (Begins)
November 1 Application deadline
Secondary application required Yes
Personal interview required Yes
Regular application acceptance notification March 1 (Begins)
July 1 (Ends)
Students must respond to offer of admission within (weeks) 2
Deferred entrance available Yes
Deposit to hold place in class due N/A
Early decision plan offered No
Early decision application period N/A
Early decision plan notification date N/A
Starting month (class of 2013-2014) August

Admissions & Enrollment

MCAT Scores, GPA, and Coursework Requirements

Average undergraduate GPA 3.75
Oldest MCAT considered 2009
Average MCAT scores 11.4 MCAT composite score
11.9 biological
11.6 physical sciences
10.6 verbal reasoning
P writing
Required undergraduate coursework
biology biochemistry
English mathematics
organic chemistry demonstration of writing skills
inorganic (general) chemistry calculus
physics general chemistry
molecular and cell biology

Combined Degree Programs

Combined degree programs offered M.D./Ph.D., M.D./M.B.A., M.D./M.P.H., M.D./J.D., M.D./M.S., M.D./M.A.
Combined college/M.D. program offered No
Number of years to complete combined college/M.D. program N/A
Combined college/M.D. program URL N/A

Medical School Academics

Program Offerings

AIDS internal medicine
drugs/alcohol abuse pediatrics
family medicine rural medicine
geriatrics women’s health

Student/Patient Interaction

How often do first-year students come into contact with patients through the school curriculum? Frequently
Are there opportunities for first- or second-year students to work in community health clinics? Yes
Do all students spend time with community practicing physicians in community-based, ambulatory settings during the course that teaches basic clinical skills (e.g., history taking/physical diagnosis)? Yes
Do all students spend time with community practicing physicians in community-based, ambulatory settings during an introductory course aimed at introducing students to medical practice? Yes

Stress Relief Services Offered

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school.)

Services
expanded-hour gym access
peer counseling
professional counseling
religious support
support groups

Faculty

Full-time faculty-student ratio 3.5:1 – High
Full-time faculty 1,458
Part-time faculty N/A
Full-time faculty in basic sciences 198
Part-time faculty in basic sciences N/A
Full-time faculty in clinical program 1,260
Part-time faculty in clinical program N/A

2011 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Grants

NIH funds granted to medical school and affiliated hospitals (in millions) $328.8
NIH-funded grants received by medical school and affiliated hospitals 601
Principal investigators (PIs) 391
Full-time faculty working on NIH research grants 859

Teaching Hospitals

Primary teaching hospitals affiliated with this medical school where clinical teaching or training is carried out.

Hospitals
Duke University Hospital
Durham Regional Hospital
Durham VA Medical Center

Curricula Descriptions

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school.)

Four-year program curriculum
Duke University School of Medicine offers a unique educational program. The basic sciences are taught in one year. The core clerkships are completed in the second year. During the third and fourth years, students conduct intensive scholarly investigation, complete clinical electives, and participate in a Capstone course. Students also may choose to pursue a Masters or a PhD degree.

Medical School Ranking

#9 Best Research
#57 Best Primary Care

(6) Ranking by Specialties

#7 in AIDS
#11 in Family medicine
#5 in Geriatrics
#4 in Internal medicine
#12 in Pediatrics
#9 in Women’s Health

Research Ranking Scores

Score 77
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 4.7
Residency directors assessment score (out of 5) 4.6
NIH funds granted to medical school and affiliated hospitals (in millions) $328.8
NIH research grant funds per faculty member (in thousands) $225.49

Primary Care Ranking Scores

Score 59
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 3.1
Residency directors assessment score (out of 5) 3.8
Graduates entering primary care specialties (2009-2011 average) 27.0% – Low

Ranking Admission Statistics

Average undergraduate GPA 3.75
MCAT composite score 11.4
Acceptance rate 5.0% – Low
Full-time faculty-student ratio 3.5:1 – High
Total medical school enrollment 413

Medical School Student Body

Student Body

Total medical school enrollment 413
In-state students 13.1%
Minority students 53.3%
Underrepresented minority students 26.6%
International students 4.6%
Non-traditional students 9.0%

Medical School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director Stacey R. McCorison
Financial aid phone (919) 684-6649

Expenses

Tuition
Full-time: $46,261
Required fees $3,246
Room and board $14,520
Average indebtedness of 2010 graduates who incurred medical school debt $120,202

Financial Aid Availability

Students receiving any financial aid 80%
Students receiving loans 60%
Students receiving grants/scholarships 65%
Students receiving work study 0%

Medical School Residency

Residency Program Admissions (Class of 2011)

Graduates admitted to their first-choice residency program N/A
Graduates admitted to one of their top three choices of residency programs N/A
Most popular residency and specialty programs (2010 and 2011 classes)
anesthesiology orthopaedic surgery
dermatology pediatrics
emergency medicine radiology – diagnostic
internal medicine transitional year
ophthalmology internal medicine/pediatrics

Primary Care and In-State Residencies

Graduates entering primary care specialties (2009-2011 average) 27.0% – Low
Graduates accepting in-state residencies (2010 and 2011 average) 30.0%