Student Life

While students at DukeMed work hard in medical school, we still have a lot of time to relax and enjoy with our classmates and friends. Duke students live throughout Durham and take advantage of the many things the city has to offer, from fine dining and theater to late-night entertainment and the outdoors. Learn more about Durham and the surrounding areas!

The Davison Council Social Committee, as well as the individual Class Councils and the Graduate and Professional Student Council, organize many large social events throughout the year. In addition, house parties and impromptu gatherings are a common occurrence.

Every fall, the second year class organizes an Orientation Campout for the incoming class. The incoming first year class heads out to one of the many local state parks to spend the weekend camping and getting to know each other. In years past, impromptu campfire-side talent shows have given first years the chance to showcase their talents while canoe races have brought out everyone’s competitive side. The weekend traditionally ends with each small group of first years performing a skit showing what they think their medical school experience will be like.

Throughout the fall and spring, each Class Council organizes and funds a variety of events, ranging from karaoke nights to field days, from laser tag to Broadway shows. Potluck dinners are another common occurrence, and a Thanksgiving potluck dinner has become a tradition for many classes. As we typically don’t see our classmates every day after the end of first year, these events allow each class to get back together and reconnect during our time in the hospital and in the third year.

The flagship social event of the year is the Davison Ball, our “med school prom”. The semi-formal ball is a night of good food, music and dancing, and all students are freed from clinical duties to attend the ball. Another semi-formal, the Spring Fling, is held each spring jointly with the other Duke health professions schools (Nursing, PA and PT). This event is one of many cross-school events that are organized to allow student to meet other members of the DukeMed community.

Every winter, the first year class council organizes the DukeMed Holiday Party, where students from all four years are invited to enjoy live music and a capella performances alongside teaching faculty and administrators. The Holiday Party serves as a fundraiser for the Service Committee’s annual Adopt-A-Family drive.