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reImagining Medicine

Reimagine Medicine

An innovative summer fellowship for rising juniors and seniors preparing for health professions. The program runs from mid-May to mid-July. 2018 Students Impact Report

The goal of Reimagine Medicine is to foster the character, imagination, and practices needed to work effectively in contexts of human suffering. Interactive classes in history, ethics, self-care, and the arts, paired with hospital shadowing experiences, allow participants to learn from leaders and practitioners across many disciplines and to explore a variety of paths to health and healing. The curriculum uses graphic art, music, expressive writing, puppetry, movement, improvisation, and mindfulness to explore themes often ignored in traditional medical education.

Students live together on campus, allowing additional time for discussion, fun, and community-building. The fellowship provides housing, some meals, course materials, and a $2000 stipend for living expenses. Reimagine Medicine classes and hospital shadowing comprise a full-time schedule for the 8 weeks; participants are not permitted to accept other summer research or fellowship opportunities.

Duke Reimagine Medicine Students

Classes include:

  • History of medicine in the US, to provide context and vision for improving the current system
  • Mindfulness theory and practices to increase awareness and manage stress
  • Expressive writing, from stream-of-consciousness to poetry, trauma to peace-making
  • Puppetry to explore what it means to inhabit and treat a human body
  • Storytelling as the revelation of our shared experience and humanity
  • Drawing (from doodling to cartoons to portraits) to encourage close observation and perception
  • Improvisation to develop conversational skills and responsiveness
  • Ethics to discern and foster a sense of purpose in one’s life and calling

Hospital Shadowing

Fellows complete Duke University Medical Center’s requirements (training, background check, and immunizations) to shadow practitioners in the hospital, and spend time each week observing on services that represent a range of specialties and patient experiences—hospice, physical and occupational therapy, chaplaincy, neonatal nursing, decedent care, environmental services, and more.

Duke Reimagining Medicine Students

Selection Criteria

Students preparing for health professions (primarily pre-med) are encouraged to apply in the spring of their sophomore or junior year at Duke. Successful applicants will demonstrate:

  • Academic excellence
  • Commitment to the integration of non-science disciplines into the study and practice of medicine
  • Desire and commitment to constructive collaboration
  • Emotional intelligence and resilience
  • Openness to learning from others, considering multiple perspectives, and taking risks in order to learn and grow

Duke Reimagine Medicine Students
Applications for 2019 will be available December 14, 2018.