Located in the south-eastern United States, Duke University is one of the world's top institutions of higher education. Younger than most other prestigious U.S. research universities, Duke University consistently ranks among the very best. Its graduate and professional schools - in business, divinity, engineering, the environment, law, medicine, and nursing - are among the leaders in their fields.
A distinguished faculty of about 3,400 teachers and researchers come together at Duke with more than 6,400 undergraduates and 8,400 graduate and professional students from over 130 countries. The university is well-known for cross-disciplinary education and research, with faculty and students from across the campus collaborating in such groundbreaking initiatives as the Fitzpatrick Centre for Interdisciplinary Engineering, Medicine and Applied Sciences and the Global Health Institute.
The Duke University School of Medicine is recognised as one of the best medical schools in the United States and the world. Based on factors such as reputation, selectivity, research activity, and faculty resources, (for example, U.S. News & World Report) Duke University has ranked year after year as being among the leaders in American medical education.
Among the draws of the medical programme is its unique curriculum, which gives students patient contact one year earlier than at most other schools and includes an entire year devoted to independent research. After graduating, one out of five medical alumni pursue a career focused on research and teaching - one of the highest rates in the United States and a clear measure of Duke's impact on academic medicine.
The School of Medicine is also one of the largest biomedical research enterprises in the United States. Garnering over $500 million in sponsored research annually, it is ranked among the top 10 American medical schools in National Institutes of Health grant funding. With highly respected research programmes in areas ranging from cancer, heart disease and the basic sciences to clinical trials and health policy research, Duke is home to the nation's largest and oldest academic clinical research organisation, the Duke Clinical Research Institute.
The School of Medicine is located on the Duke University Medical Centre campus, located adjacent to the main campus of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. In addition to the medical school, the campus includes Duke University Hospital, ranked near the top of the Honor Roll of America's Best Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, and the Private Diagnostic Clinic, through which Duke faculty physicians provide speciality, subspeciality, and primary care to more than 100,000 patients per year.
The Medical Centre is also the hub of Duke University Health System, an integrated network of hospitals, physician practises, and home care and hospice services located across the state and beyond.