The Duke University School of Medicine has named Jean Spaulding, MD, as its first Ombudsman. Created in 2008, the Office of the Ombudsman office offers confidential and anonymous support and advocacy specifically to the medical students at Duke. Spaulding earned her Bachelor's degree from Barnard College and, in 1972, was the first African-American woman to graduate from the Duke University School of Medicine. Spaulding is a child and adolescent psychiatrist. Spaulding served as Duke’s Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs from 1998 to 2002, when she became a Trustee of the Duke Endowment. (Duke SOM Ombuds Office; Women in Duke Medicine.)
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