What do you like most?
"THE GOOD: Duke is unique among medical schools in that they compress all the classroom learning into one year, which opens up a year for independent research. I cannot overemphasize the value of the research year. Duke students apply to residency programs with multiple publications under their belts, which is a big advantage. As medicine becomes more data-driven and research-driven, doctors with research experience- the kind you receive at Duke- will rise to the top. Other perks include the pass/fail grading system during first year. My first year at Duke was far less stressful than college, largely because there’s no grade pressure. Durham is also a very affordable place to live. Compared to a medical student in Boston, New York, or San Francisco, you will save tens-of-thousands in living expenses."
"Phenomenal clinical training, great supportive culture, and really close-knit student community. Smaller class sizes are a huge plus, and ability to do one year of research/dual degree makes us really competitive for residencies. Most people graduate with multiple publications, step 1 >>240, and get their first choice in residency."
"- Done with pre-clinical courses in one year, and these courses are graded pass fail without internal ranking. Our Step 1 average is in the 250s -- you don't need a full two years of pre-clinicals to do well on Step 1. Being done with clinicals a year earlier means more time to ruminate on specialty choice after having had real-world exposure, this is HUGE. Because of the unique third year, I'm able to participate in a very prestigious research fellowship that will do wonders for my residency applications -- that's something that I would have to take a 5th year anywhere else to do. I'd say our clinical grading is very fair and we are evaluated with the fact that we are 2nd year medical students during our rotations in mind. There's no medical school in the country that will allow you to customize your education to the degree that you can here. Also, the financial aid is fantastic and the sense of community is real."
"The incredible supportive environment, the lack of inter/intraclass competition, the REAL collaboration between laboratories, and honestly the amazingly livable Durham, NC location."
"Curriculum & Environment"