Who We Are: DukeMed Engage is a student organization within the Duke University School of Medicine. We partner with Duke graduate students, faculty, medical providers and alumni who serve as mentors for participating medical students. DukeMed Engage is supported by the Duke School of Medicine’s Davison Council, the Chancellor’s Service Fund, and the Duke Global Health Institute.
What We Do: DukeMed Engage supports students who want to engage in community based service, research and/or clinical work by connecting them with mentors, assisting them in creating projects and providing partial or full funding for project completion. DukeMed Engage supports both domestic and global projects. Students may apply as individuals or as a group.
History: DukeMed Engage was founded in 2013. It is the brainchild of medical students Mark Dakkak, Riikka Nomides (Hess) and Chris Fan, who recognized the need for structured support for medical students to lead in short term community health projects. While third year student research projects on local and global health topics have received increasing support from the medical school and the Duke Global Health Institute, short term projects completed at other points during medical school faced structural barriers and a lack of organizational support at the time. Duke University has made bounds and leaps to be at the forefront of global health education and so DukeMed Engage was created as a pipeline to connect students to resources and mentors on and off campus.