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Duke Medicine educates hundreds of new physicians, nurses, and other health professionals each year. Despite their relatively recent establishment, many of programs are regularly recognized among the nation's very finest in publications such as U.S. News & World Report.

Some of Duke’s accomplishments in the field of medical education include:

  • Establishing the nation’s first Physician Assistant Program in 1965.
  • Founding the Duke Medical Scientist Training Program, a joint degree program leading to both the MD and the PhD degrees, one of the first three in the nation.
  • Partnering with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to offer a joint master of health sciences degree in clinical research. It is the first master’s-level joint program offered by the NIH.
  • Partnering with the National University of Singapore to create the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School. Based on Duke’s unique curriculum that reserves the third year for scholarly research, the school admitted its first class in fall 2007.

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