MEDx is proud to promote the training of the next generation of researchers and clinicians to work symbiotically on new solutions to complex clinical problems. Current Duke educational programs at the intersection of engineering and medicine include the following.

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Medicine + Engineering Degree Programs

Duke programs supporting joint training in medicine and engineering include:

The Medical Scientist Training Program

Leading to both the MD and PhD degrees, the MSTP trains highly qualified medical students as physician-scientists. The program is offered through Duke's School of Medicine and Graduate School; PhD training may be pursued in biomedical engineering or another engineering discipline through the Pratt School of Engineering (learn more).

The MD-MEng Joint Degree Program

Designed to train "physician-inventors," this program enables MD candidates within the Duke University School of Medicine who have strong interests in health care, engineering, and innovation and entrepreneurship to earn a Master of Engineering degree from the Pratt School of Engineering.

Collaborative Learning for Residents & Fellows


The InnovateMD program provides Duke residents and fellows with the opportunity to collaborate with engineering students and faculty in the field of medical device innovation. The program  combines project-centered experience with supplemental learning activities.

Summer Research Opportunities for Undergraduates

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MEDx co-sponsors a summer opportunity for Duke undergraduate students interested in exploring new data-driven approaches to interdisciplinary challenges in the health and life sciences. As part of the Information Initiative at Duke's Data+ program, students will learn how to marshal, analyze, and visualize data, while gaining broad exposure to the modern world of data science and making meaningful contributions to a research project related to health or 'omics data. Learn more and apply

Clinical Shadowing for Engineering Students

BME 590: Biomedical Device Innovation

The BME 590 course offers undergraduate and graduate engineering students the opportunity to shadow Duke Medicine physician mentors in the clinical setting in order to develop solutions to real-world challenges. Read story