Trent Semans Center for Health Education

In January 2013, the School of Medicine moved into the Trent Semans Center for Health Education, its first new home since the founding of the school over 80 years ago. The building is located in the center of the Duke Medicine campus, surrounded by the Duke Hospital, the Duke Clinics, the Medical Center library, and a number of research facilities.

The LEED Silver building is the home to all first year medical students who have lectures in the Learning Hall, eat lunch at the Nosh Joe Rae Cafe, attend small group and lab sessions on the third floor, practice in simulation suites on the fifth floor and hang out in between in the student lounge on the 4th floor.  The building also houses the admissions office, the offices of the Advisory Deans, and a large 400-seat multipurpose space

The building has become the center of medical student life at Duke, with students from all year, whether they are in the classrooms, the wards or the research labs, gathering for events, lunch, and breaks. Classes began in the new building on January 2nd, 2013, and the building was formally dedicated on February 8th, 2013. The building is named in honor of Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans, great niece of Duke founder James Buchanan Duke and a long time support of medicine and medical education at Duke.

Take a tour of the building here

Several local TV stations and newspapers covered the opening of the building: WRAL / News14Carolina / Durham Herald-Sun / Duke Chronicle

For more information about the Learning Center, visit these sites