What is Duke AHEAD

Our mission is to promote excellence in the education of health professionals by creating a community of education scholars, fostering innovation in health professions education, supporting outstanding teachers, providing faculty development programs and facilitating quality education research. 





February 21, 2020 - 12:50 pm

We are excited to offer an opportunity for faculty who are interested in health professions education as a career to apply for the 2020 cohort of the Certificate in Health Professions Education & Teaching program. 

February 5, 2020 - 10:30 am

The Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) honor medical society elects a small number of residents and fellows each year who exemplify the qualities of scholastic performance, leadership, fairness in dealing with colleagues, compassion for others, integrity of character, and service to the school and community at large. As you know, membership in AOA is a distinction that accompanies a physician throughout his or her career.

February 5, 2020 - 10:20 am

Duke University School of Medicine is soliciting nominations for the Master Clinician/Teacher Award, which is a class of awards to faculty that has been created for the purpose of honoring individuals for superlative accomplishment and service in the area of Medical School/Medical Center teaching. 

January 7, 2020 - 9:00 am

We all have the power to do something good for someone else. One small thing can change someone’s life or even save it.

Upcoming Events

February 27, 2020 - 2:00 pm to 2:30 pm
February 27, 2020 - 2:30 pm to 3:00 pm

The Duke AHEAD Mission

Faculty Development


Educator Professional Development Program
Duke AHEAD offers many sources  of faculty development for faculty who want to strengthen their role as an educator. The EPD programs include skill building workshops (monthly faculty development sessions), education grand rounds, journal club, an annual Education Day, and a certificate program in teaching. Content areas include instruction and assessment; educational research and scholarship; innovations in education; effective use of educational technology; and educational leadership. Individuals may apply to...

Duke AHEAD will assist  faculty who wish to incorporate education activities as a significant component of their academic portfolio of accomplishments for promotion by:

  • providing support and formal mentoring for faculty who want to develop a career in health professions education
  • recognizing educational accomplishment with teaching awards annually to those who embody the principles of excellence in teaching 
  • establishing appropriate metrics to evaluate academic accomplishment in education
  • assist in  documenting their education contributions for...
Research Support
The Academy will advance the importance of educational scholarship by supporting faculty in their pursuit of a rigorous educational research agenda. Scholarly activity within the Academy will lend credibility to the education component of Duke’s tripartite mission and contribute to advancing the field of health professions education. It will provide a framework for affirming the value of educational contributions in promotion and tenure processes. Specifically, the Academy will:
  • offer assistance and resources to faculty who wish to conduct...

Member Spotlight

Sarah Bean

Associate Professor of Pathology

Why did you join Duke AHEAD?

Duke AHEAD brings together an interprofessional community of talented health professions educators. Duke AHEAD provides a unique opportunity for its members to network, to learn and share best practices, and to foster professional development.