Focus on Third Year

Our Third Year allows us an incredible opportunity to spend a year on a scholarly research project in any field we would like to pursue. What do Duke students do with their third year?


During my third year, I’m working and living in Moshi, Tanzania. My research is a clinical project examining the incidence of tuberculosis bacteremia in children with HIV.
-Katherine G.

During my third year, I’m getting an MTS degree from Duke Divinity School. Broadly, I’m interested in the way that Christians interpret medical issues related to end of life care and mental health. I’m currently interviewing evangelical Christian undergraduates regarding their views about depression’s causes and treatment options.
-Amy G.

During my third year, I’m working at the NIH and constructing a novel T-Cell Receptor to use in Adoptive Cellular Therapy for patients with differentiated metastatic thyroid cancer.
-Brandon B.

In my two third years, I’m working on a health services research project and completing a masters in public policy. I’m helping a team of physicians, midlevel providers, clinic staff, performance services engineers, and hospital administrators implement and evaluate the redesign of a primary care clinic that cares for medically and socially complex patients.
-Mark D.

During my third year, I’m studying the differences in gene expression between different phenotypes of pancreatic cancer cells.
-Nurah L.

During my third year, I am getting a Master of Public Health from the University of North Carolina. At UNC I have gained a better understanding of population-level health, disease prevention, health policy, epidemiology and a multitude of other subjects that I feel really complement the MD degree I am getting from Duke.
-Emily W.

In my third year, I’m working at Duke-NUS in Singapore to determine how human innate immunity pathways detect dengue virus infection in order to better select attenuated strains for vaccine development.
-Diana N.

In my third year, I am working at the Duke Eye Center to study the functional relevance of polymorphisms in the gene LOXL1, which has been strongly associated with risk for glaucoma in populations worldwide.
-Inas A.


The DukeMed Alumni News recently featured three medical students who used their third year to pursue innovation in clinical care, basic science and global health – read more about them here