Thursday, April 29, 2021

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Duke Health as a Resource


Duke Health in Durham, NC is anchored by the Duke University School of Medicine, ranked #3 in research by U.S. News & World Report. The medical school was established in 1925 in a bequest from the founder of Duke Energy and  British American Tobacco, James B. Duke. A top-ranked nursing school and hospital were funded at the same time. Today, the Duke Health system serves 32 counties in North Carolina and nearby states. It now includes three other hospitals, a research institutehealth policy center, and the Duke-NUS Medical School in Singapore. 

U.S. News & World Report ranks the university medical school performance

  • #2 in Surgery
  • #4 in Anesthesiology
  • #5 in Internal Medicine
  • #6 in Radiology
  • #7 in Pediatrics
  • #8 in Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • #10 in Psychiatry. 

Major U.S. milestones at Duke Health include

  • 1936 - Ultraviolet lights in operating rooms to kill germs
  • 1937 - 1st brain tumor program
  • 1955 - 1st center for aging
  • 1956 - Systemic hypothermia introduced to cardiac surgery
  • 1965 - 1st physician's assistant education program
  • 1969 - Databank for Cardiovascular Disease created
  • 1969 - Human functions below 1,000 feet of water studied
  • 1985 - One of only 2 clinical trials for AZT 
  • 1990 - Newborn screening test for 30 metabolic diseases
  • 1993 - 1st thymus transplant for an infant
  • 1993 - Identification of the 'Alzheimer's gene'
  • 2013 - 1st bioengineered blood vessel implanted.

The Duke Clinical Research Institute has distributed more than 16,000 publications since 1996, and last year their researchers put out 1,225 papers, with 243 in top-tier journals. See their latest announcements

The Duke-NUS Medical School was established in 2005 when Duke University partnered with the National University of Singapore to create Singapore's first graduate school of medicine as well as a leading center for medical research, education, and device development. Their Centre for Technology and Development shepherds the Duke-NUS research into commercial applications. Among their success stories is a company called CognaLearn that markets educational software, such as InteDashboard for team-based learning. 

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