Duke Med Peer Support

Duke Med Peer Support (DuMPS) is a phone-in service that connects students with upperclassman volunteers to receive guidance and encouragement. The pressures of medical school are numerous and unique. As medical students, we rely on a wide support network including our family, friends, advisory deans, and mentors, but we often encounter situations that only a fellow Duke medical student can understand. The student counselors involved in the program are familiar with the medical student experience, trained in peer counseling, and ready to address a broad variety of topics. A sampling of reasons you might call DuMPS includes mental health concerns (for self or another), interpersonal or professional conflicts, academic stress, upsetting clinical experiences, etc. No concern is too small. Two counselors are always on-call, and will respond to your request as soon as possible, within 24 hours at the most. All calls are free and confidential.

To speak with a Peer Support counselor, please fill out this anonymous form: Support Form

One of our counselors will respond to your request as soon as possible, within 24 hours maximum. If this is an emergency or more time sensitive matter, please call 911 or refer to the resources below.

Have feedback for Duke Med Peer Support? We would love to hear it: Feedback Form

Additional Resources

  • Duke Police:  919-684-2444
  • Duke Reach: 919-681-2455
  • Advisory Dean emergency pager:  919-970-7399
  • Duke Hospital ED:  919-684-2413
  • Exposure (e.g. needlestick) hotline:  919-684-8115
  • Duke Student Health:  919-684-9355
  • CAPS:  919-660-1000
  • Duke Women’s Center: 684-3897, emergency pager: 919-970-2108
  • Duke Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity:  919-684-6607
  • Medical School Ombudsperson, Jean Spaulding: ombudsman@mc.duke.edu
  • University Ombudsperson, John Blackshear: john.blackshear@duke.edu

Mental Heath Providers in the Area

Please use this link to see a list of local mental health providers organized by location, insurance, and specialty information: Local Providers



Meet the Duke Med Peer Support Team


JamieJamie Croucher
My name is Jamie and I am an MS3/GS1 MSTP candidate. My clinical interests include child and adolescent medicine/psychiatry. My research interests include mechanisms of neurodevelopment and disease (specifically autism). I grew up in NJ, and I lived in Philadelphia for a few years before coming to Durham. I’m a former college runner and I still run for fun in med/grad school. I love all things outdoors, as well as dogs, coffee, and ice cream.


ValentineValentine Esposito
My name is Valentine and I am in my first of two third years as part of the Clinical Research Training Program. I grew up in NY, but came down to Duke for undergrad and haven’t looked back since (though I do miss the pizza & bagels). I’ve had a ton of fun getting involved here at Duke Med with things like the Student Faculty Show, Davison Council, and Practice Course to name a few. Outside of school I enjoy cooking Italian food, baking cookies (especially with Nutella), cheering on Duke Football, and exploring the historical gems of NC.

JamieFJamie Farquhar
Hi my name is Jamie is and I am a third-year student in the PCLT program. I’m interested in psychiatry and medicine.

DanielDaniel Harrison
Daniel is an MS3 from Houston, TX with plans to pursue a career in Neurology. Within DukeMed, he is involved in the Clinical Skills Course, Student Faculty Show, Student Interest Group in Neurology, and Oncology Student Interest Group. Outside of school, his interests include playing ice hockey, planning his wedding, and taking care of his baby (a four year old rescue dog named Rocky).

MalharMalhar Patel
My name is Malhar and I’m an MS3 at Duke. I know from personal experience that medical school can be a roller coaster of highs and lows. I hope that I can be helpful in talking through some of those aspects, providing my input, or simply silently listening to your experiences.
PictureKrystina Quow
My name is Krystina and I am a third year medical student. I am originally from Springfield, NJ and went to Duke for undergrad where I studied psychology. I am one of the current co-presidents of the Student National Medical Association as well as a MS1 practice course student leader. I enjoy trying new restaurants in Durham, watching tv, and traveling.

PriscillePriscille Schettini
My name is Priscille Schettini, and I am a third year medical student in the Primary Care Leadership Track. I grew up in Lake Worth, FL and went to Duke for undergrad, where I studied psychology and global health. I enjoy going out with friends and trying out new Durham restaurants, taking Zumba classes at Wilson gym, and going to The Summit Church in Downtown Durham!


Med2 (1) (1)Madelyn Stevens
I’m a third year medical student who is a proud Ohio State alum (Go Buckeyes!), but who has made room in my heart for Duke Blue as well. I have been a crisis counselor and advocate for the community for over 5 years, specializing in sexual assault and domestic violence. I enjoy hiking, gardening, craft beer, and excellent puns.


AllieAllie Superdock
My name is Allie Superdock and I am an MS3 from Tulsa, Oklahoma. I graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Molecular Biology and Global Health/Health Policy. I am currently involved in Religion & Medicine research in the Medical Humanities department, and plan to apply to Pediatrics residencies. I live with my husband Matt, who teaches at a local high school. My non-medical interests include photography, filmmaking, mandolin, and dance, and I am involved in my church. I also serve as a student co-leader for the MS1 Practice Course.