Perspectives on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

We believe that the emergence of new ideas from different perspectives catalyzes innovation and success. In support of our mission, we view diversity, defined as encompassing all aspects of human differences, as a fundamental pillar to fostering an inclusive working and learning environment, where all individuals feel respected, are treated fairly, provided work-life balance, and an opportunity to excel in their respective fields.

Ask the OEDI: Hispanic, Latino, Latina, Latinx - Which is Best?

A variety of terms are used to describe people who come from, or have family roots coming from, countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. In the United States, two terms are most frequently used, sometimes interchangeably: Hispanic, and some variation of Latino, Latina, or Latinx.

Annual DEI Lecture Featuring Tamara Fountain, MD

Duke Eye Center had the honor of hosting the Annual Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Lecture on July 18, featuring guest speaker, Tamara Fountain, MD, 125th President of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Fountain's lecture, "Headwinds and Headway - Striving for Best Outcomes in All Our Patients" can be viewed at the link below.

BOOST Program Scholars Visit Duke Eye Center

Duke Eye Center had the privilege of hosting scholars from the BOOST program earlier this month.  The scholars spent time with members of our faculty and staff to learn about ophthalmology, the eye and different career paths available in the field. 

Duke Eye Center Hosts BOOST Program

More than half of middle school students who express an interest in STEM will lose interest by their high school graduation. The Duke School of Medicine BOOST program is working to combat this by inspiring young students from underrepresented backgrounds to pursue careers in STEM via fun hands-on learning experience and mentorship. When the opportunity arose for the Eye Center to participate in the BOOST program and share our passion for vision with local Durham students, we were thrilled.

The SNMA Annual Medical Education Conference (AMEC) Experience

I had the absolute pleasure of attending the Student National Medical Association’s (SNMA) Annual Medical Education Conference (AMEC) this year in Orlando, Florida. Given the restrictions enacted to protect communities against the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2022 AMEC was the first in person meeting held by SNMA in two years.

Duke Eye Center welcomes School of Medicine BOOST Scholars for interactive virtual visit

On a sunny Saturday in late March, Duke Eye Center team members from all over the Triangle logged in on Zoom to host scholars from the Duke School of Medicine BOOST program for a virtual visit to the Duke Eye Center (DEC). The BOOST Program is geared toward 6th, 7th, and 8th graders in the local Durham community who are from populations underrepresented in STEM, especially African American, Latino/a, Native American, girls, and students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Ophthalmology Outreach with Duke SNMA

Featuring Ninita Brown MD PhD (Duke Med and Glaucoma Alumna)

Organized by Duke Med Students Nick Johnson & Kirsten Simmons

With Duke’s Leon Herndon MD & Thomas Hunter MD