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Health & Wellness

Duke requires all graduate students have health insurance, either through Duke’s Student Medical Insurance Plan or through other coverage options. Dental insurance plans are also available. Postdoctoral appointees are employees, and thus eligible for employee benefits, including employee medical, dental, and vision plans. Additionally, postdocs have access to a variety of work/life balance, stress management, wellness, and entertainment benefits, many at little to no cost.

Below is an overview of health resources provided by Duke and off-campus organizations:

On-Campus Resources

Off-Campus Recommendations

In addition to the recommendations below, International House has prepared fact sheets on finding optometrists, doctors, and dentists.


Primary Care / Family Medicine

Obstetrics & Gynecology

Optometry / Ophthalmology


Physical Therapy




Note: This list is by no means exhaustive. Duke Health, the primary health system in the region, provides a “Find a Provider” tool that may also be helpful.