The Latino Medical Student Association unites and empowers medical students through service, mentorship and education to advocate for the health of the Latino community. Here at Duke School of Medicine, LMSA has succeeded in creating numerous Spanish interviewing sessions where all Duke Med students can practice their Spanish speaking skills in a medical interview setting; volunteered at many local health fairs; mentored pre-medical students; and brought speakers on topics such as diabetes in the Latino community or migrant worker health. In addition to creating opportunities for Duke Med students, LMSA is dedicated to create lasting bonds with local organizations such as El Centro Hispano to serve the local Latino community.
Fusion is a multicultural student organization whose goal is to increase diversity awareness within the school of nursing and throughout the Durham community and to foster an environment that is inclusive of all groups of diversity. Fusion will provide the opportunity to obtain knowledge and understanding that will assist in the ability to provide culturally competent care to diverse populations in diverse situations and environments within the field of nursing. Fusion will encourage its members to be socially-aware, active and responsible Duke citizens who reflect the Fusion mission proudly in their nursing practice.
Bouchet Society is a student-led organization across all of STEM PhD departments, focusing primarily on basic sciences and Pratt. The Bouchet Society hopes to further strengthen the efforts of underrepresented minority graduate students in achieving their career goals in science research and education, and to encourage values that will promote diversity and inclusion in the sciences in honor of its namesake Dr. Edward Alexander Bouchet, the first African American to earn a Ph.D from an American university.
The Duke University School of Medicine Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) was established in 2000 to help the School of Medicine achieve and deliver a culturally competent medical education. The MRC thereby assists with the preparation of learners, staff, and faculty to work and live in a world of diverse people who differ along the lines of culture, faith, gender, sexuality, and socio-economic backgrounds. A resource for the entire School of Medicine community, the MRC provides opportunities for engagement on the local, national, and international levels for students to gain an understanding of health disparities and experience in the delivery of culturally competent health care.
The Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Advancement, and Leadership in the Sciences (IDEALS) Office contributes to the diverse scientific climate within the Biomedical Graduate Programs in the School of Medicine. The office works to bring talented underrepresented graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to the Duke University School of Medicine and to enrich their experiences over the course of their training and studies. The IDEALS office hosts a series of programs including professional development opportunities, academic enrichment groups, mentoring programs, and social activities, and their signature diversity initiative for graduate trainees, the BioCoRE program. They are dedicated to maintaining a climate of inclusiveness and celebrating the richly unique scientific community at Duke University.
The Student National Medical Association (SNMA) is the nation’s oldest and largest student organization focused on the needs and concerns of medical students of color. At Duke, SNMA is committed to increasing the pipeline of students of color that consider and prepare for medical and scientific careers in addition to giving back to communities of color in the Durham area. Advocacy and healthcare education are also central to SNMA’s mission. Their community mentoring programs provide science appreciation and education, mentoring, and academic enrichment to elementary, junior high school, high school and college students interested in pursuing health-related careers to assure the pipeline to medicine is supported at all levels.