Call for Applications: 2023 Re-Imagining Medicine Fellowship

Reimagining MedicineWhat does it mean to be a good doctor? What does the “do no harm” in the Hippocratic tradition mean—not in theory, but in practice?  How do we ensure that healthcare is just, fair, humane, and equitable?  How can we prepare to practice medicine with character, to develop a sense of meaning and purpose in our work, and to contribute to the betterment of society?

If you are a Duke undergraduate planning on working in health care and interested in exploring these questions, Reimagining Medicine (ReMed) invites you to apply for a Summer 2023 Fellowship.

In this program, you are invited to imagine the ways that doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals can use their specialized knowledge and skills with humility to care for individuals, cure and prevent disease and suffering, flourish in their chosen profession, and work toward the greater good. Fellows will join with each other and with doctors, other healthcare professionals, and faculty from other disciplines

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis after that time until all available spots are filled. If you are reading this, applications are still open. Submit yours today!


• Undergraduate students at Duke who are planning on careers in medicine, nursing, physical/occupational therapy, health administration, public health, or other disciplines related to health care. Priority will be given to rising juniors and seniors.


• ReMed is not a stand-alone program. To enable critical reflection on lived experiences and practices, Fellows are required to pair their participation in ReMed with an internship, employment, or service work related to health or health care. Fellows must arrange this parallel experience on their own. It must be at least twenty hours a week for eight weeks, and it can include formal Duke civic engagement or research programs, with permission from the directors of those programs. Experiences that would fulfill this requirement include volunteer service in a health-related setting; paid employment in a hospital, clinic, public health agency, or health-related company or nonprofit; or engagement in clinical research. Applicants must specify their proposed summer experience at the time of application.

• Fellows will gather in person for a week at Duke from May 14–19, 2023 (the week following commencement). This immersive week will feature shared meals and conversation, experiential learning at Duke Hospital, engagement with creative writing and the visual arts, and facilitated reflections on justice and equity in health care. Students who live on campus will work with Housing and Residence Life to extend their housing reservation. ReMed staff will support students in this application process and will cover the additional cost of meals and housing for that week.

• Following this week, ReMed is a virtual program. For eight weeks in June and July, Fellows and faculty will gather for weekly 90-minute ReMed Seminars to reflect on their summer experiences and to engage in conversation with leading scholars and practitioners. These seminars will take place on Zoom from 4:30 pm–6:00 pm ET on Thursdays, June 1, 8, 15, 22 and July 6, 13, 20, and 27.

ReMed Fellows are expected to participate fully in all components of the fellowship and to miss no more than one ReMed Seminar.

• Fellows are also expected to journal about their experiences during the summer and to complete a creative project, with the support of faculty, that will be presented at the closing dinner and celebration in early Fall 2023 (date TBD).


For full participation in the Fellowship, Fellows will receive:

• Coverage of all program-related expenses (including housing and food) for the summer experiential week and closing dinner/celebration.
• $1,000 honorarium
• Up to $1000 educational grant to apply to costs associated with summer health-related work and/or completion of the creative project (separate application required, may be limited by available funding)

Application Requirements

1. Major(s) if known
2. Minor(s) if known
3. Plan for at least 20 hours/week work or service in a health-related setting in summer 2023 (see above for details)
4. In no more than 250 words, describe your interest in working in health care. What motivates you, and what area(s) interest you most?
5. In no more than 250 words, describe a time when you faced a challenge and worked to overcome it. What did you learn about yourself and others?
6. In no more than 250 words, describe a time when you discovered an unexpected connection with someone or changed your mind as the result of a conversation.
7. In no more than 250 words, describe as specifically as possible how engaging the medical humanities, arts, ethics, and history through ReMed will make a difference in your summer health-related work or service, and/or in your future career in health care.
8. Please provide contact information for one faculty/staff reference: full name, title, email address, work phone, and how you know each other.
9. By submitting an application, you are indicating your intention, if selected, to participate fully in all aspects of the Fellowship including the summer experiential week in May 14–19, 2023, weekly meetings in June-July, and the closing dinner and celebration in the early fall. Do you know of any conflicts with your participation, as described?
10. Please upload your resume here (PDF, two-page limit).

Click here to apply

Priority Deadline

January 31, 2023


Contact Warren Kinghorn at warren.kinghorn@duke.edu.

ReMed is a program of The Purpose Project at Duke, the Kenan Institute for Ethics, and the Trent Center for Bioethics, Medical Humanities, and the History of Medicine. It is sponsored by a grant from The Duke Endowment.