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Community Health Fellowship
Building Tomorrow’s Physician Leaders in Community Health Care

Learning how to work with vulnerable populations to deliver culturally appropriate care. Identifying and prioritizing a community's health needs and developing the plans to impact care. Leading effective change within existing health care systems and institutions. This is a part of what a fellow will learn through the Duke Community Health Fellowship.


Approaching health care from a community perspective
Developed and taught by the experts in the field of community health at one of the oldest and most respected teaching programs, this one-year full-time fellowship is designed for physicians who aspire to leadership roles in community and academic medicine.

Designed with a core set of educational activities that focus on key evaluation, implementation and management skills needed for successful careers in community health, physicians gain a broad educational experience in working with communities and building successful community-based programs.

During the Fellowship, fellows join a Duke or Duke affiliated clinical practice that provides care in the community such as the Lyon Park Community Clinic or the Walltown Neighborhood clinic, or the Duke Family Medicine Center. Upon approval, fellows collaborate with non-Duke community providers.


Bringing a balanced approach to training
The fellowship combines structured curriculum, one-on-one faculty instruction, group activities, independent investigation and experiential learning to prepare graduates to become highly effective community-focused physicians. Fellows treat patients, assist with clinical teaching, complete coursework and tutorials, and design activities to match their clinical and professional interests. All activities focus on developing and enhancing skills needed to approach care from the perspective of populations and communities.

By the end of the fellowship, learners are expected to:
  • Understand and apply community health principles to improve health status on a population level.
  • Develop skills to effectively lead change in health care systems and institutions.
  • Develop sensitivity and competence in dealing with the health needs of diverse populations.
  • Apply principles of health status measurement and Quality Improvement to improve patient safety and reduce errors and disparities in health care.
  • Understand and apply principles of population-based disease management.

For more information:
Duke Community Health Fellowship
Duke University Medical Center & Health System
Department of Community & Family Medicine
Division of Community Health
DUMC 104425
Durham, NC 27710
Phone: (919) 681-3025
Fax: (919) 613-6899


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