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DME: Duke Med Elementary

A lecturer addresses a lecture hall full of elementary students who look on and eat lunch as they listen to the presentation.


Duke Med Elementary’s mission is to teach local elementary students how to make healthy lifestyle choices through science-based educational programs focused on the cardiovascular system, the gastrointestinal system, exercise, and nutrition. The ultimate goal is to reduce childhood obesity while nurturing interest in the health sciences and the pursuit of higher education. 

Program activities include field trips and one-day conferences that provide students a way to explore their bodies through science and make informed healthy choices on their own. 

ELIGIBILITY. This program is for…

  • Elementary students (3rd and 4th graders) 

For questions, contact dme.duke@outlook.com.  


The Duke Med Elementary program was founded at the Duke University School of Medicine in the 2008-2009 academic year by a first-year medical student, Navid Pourtaheri. The program received support through the founder’s receipt of the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship.  

For questions about funding and other forms of support for this program, contact dme.duke@outlook.com.