Celebrating National Occupational Therapy Month

April is National Occupational Therapy Month – a time to celebrate, acknowledge, and commend our provider and faculty’s exceptional clinical care, education, and research. 

Departmental Update – April 11, 2024

Welcome to the written version of my weekly announcement, mirroring the updates previously shared every Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. Occasionally, I'll include a video message, but not for this week. Please feel free to reach out if you'd like me to share something with the department.

DPT and OTD Program Rankings

Celebrating National Doctor's Day

Tomorrow is National Doctor's Day, celebrated on the anniversary of Dr. Crawford W. Long’s first surgery under anesthesia in Jefferson, Georgia. His work balanced the science and art of medicine and led to a significant advance in care. He did not publish his results for seven years. In the interim, Horace Wells and William Morton used ether at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston – resulting in Morton and Wells being credited with this advancement for years.

Welcome Our Incoming Duke Orthopaedic Residents

We are excited to welcome our incoming orthopaedic residents. They are exceptional applicants with backgrounds and interests that will enrich our program. We are proud to have them on our team and look forward to training with them to be the best orthopaedic surgeons and future leaders in our field. 


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Celebrate Black History Month

February is Black History Month, an annual celebration of the achievements of Black Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in history. Take some time to learn about and recognize the many Black Americans' contributions to health care at Duke. In North Carolina, Dr. James Francis Shober became the state’s first black medical doctor in 1878, and 90 years later, in 1967, Duke graduated its first black medical student, Dr. Delano Meriwether.

Celebrating the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today, we commemorate the life and legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King was an exemplar of courageous, nonviolent activism. In addition to his speaking out against violent acts of racism, he also spoke out about quiet, less overt forms of racism. Overt or otherwise, all forms have links to poverty, health disparities, higher rates of incarceration, and other societal injustices that disproportionately impact marginalized communities. 

Ortho Departmental Updates – Jan. 3, 2024

  • Happy New Year! Ben discussed evidence-based New Year’s resolutions: The AMA has such advice based on resolutions that are more likely to be successful, and these include: (1) Make time for self-care, (2) set smart goals (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time based), (3)  focus on what you can control, (4) find ways to remain connected, and (5) make small changes.