Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Over the last several days we have been shocked, saddened, and somewhat paralyzed with a sense of helplessness as we have watched the violence unfold and escalate in Israel and Gaza. Many of us are experiencing a complex set of emotions including fear, anxiety, and anger. For the faculty, trainees, and staff who have loved ones or ties to the region, our thoughts are with you, we support you, and raise our voices for peace along your side.
This is a time for us all to try as best as we can to support and take care of each other. Please note that the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion has scheduled two additional “Conversations With Colleagues: Israel-Gaza Conflict” events. Please see email below.
Pratap Challa, Lindsey Chew, Sarah Enfiedjian, Laura Enyedi, Mike Flintosh, Majda Hadziahmetovic, Leon Herndon, Tori Hall, Goldis Malek, Miguel Materin, Omar Mohiuddin, Frank Moya, Kelly Muir, Yvonne Richmond, Jullia Rosdahl, Dan Stamer, Du Tran-Viet, Julie Woodward
Dear School of Medicine faculty, staff, and students,
Like so many of you, I have watched the reports of ongoing violence and tragic loss of life in Israel and Gaza with a sense of profound sadness and grave concern. Many in the School of Medicine community have ties to the region through family, friends, and colleagues, and my heart goes out to all who are affected, directly and indirectly.
- Students should visit https://medschool.duke.edu/student-wellness for a list of wellness resources and support services.
- Personal Assistance Service (PAS) (919-416-1727) offers free confidential support and counseling to all employees, including faculty, staff, and postdocs, and to their benefit-eligible dependents.
- The Duke Center for Healthcare Safety & Quality also offers well-being resources that may be of help right now.
As we fervently hope for an immediate and lasting peace, let us support each other through this time of grief with compassion and respect.
Mary E. Klotman, MD
Executive Vice President for Health Affairs, Duke University
Dean, Duke University School of Medicine
Chief Academic Officer, Duke Health