Duke School of Medicine

The Duke Medicine in Motion chapter strives to carry out the Medicine in Motion mission by providing engaging events centered around physical activity, philanthropy, and wellness in a safe and inclusive environment for members of the Duke and Durham communities. We aim to collaborate with existing campus organizations, Duke Health clinicians, and other healthcare providers to build a community that is inclusive of all abilities, promotes resilience, and supports the mental, emotional and physical wellbeing of our diverse medical students and professionals.

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February 5, 2022: 2nd Semester Tips on the Trail (Duke School of Medicine)

As MS1's approach Foundations of Patient Care 2 (the course formerly known as Body & Disease) in February, MiM extends a special invitation to MS2+ students to come share their hard-earned wisdom, tips, & tricks on all things pharm, path, immuno, and microbiology while we hike in the Eno! MS1's: feel free to invite your bigs!   We'll meet at 10 AM at the Cox Mountain trailhead (6095 State Rd 1569, Durham, NC 27705) for this 3.8 mile hike. Snacks will be provided!



December 11, 2021: Holiday Sweater Hike (Duke School of Medicine)

Come join for an end of the semester 5.8-mile hike with Medicine in Motion. Wear you ugly sweaters and enjoy some festive treats afterwards!



October 30, 2021: Saturdays with MiM – Zumba with Kristin Tissera (Duke School of Medicine)

Join us for a fun Zumba session with Duke Med's very own MS1 and certified Zumba instructor, Kristin Tissera! Class will be held in the Great Hall of the Trent Semans Center for Health Education (TSCHE). 



October 16, 2021: MiM @ the Stead Tread Fun 5K Run/Walk (Duke School of Medicine)


REGISTER on the Stead Tread Website here: http://www.steadtread.org/

TELL US YOU'RE COMING so we can meet up on race day here: https://forms.gle/x1HJ7n4CuwF96RnH6

Join us at Stead Tread, a 5k run/walk organized by the Duke Internal Medicine residency program each year. The event will be held on Saturday, October 16th at 9am along the American Tobacco Trail, starting/finishing at Solite Park. All proceeds benefit the Lincoln Community Health Clinic, which provides excellent care to our local community, especially medically underserved and vulnerable patients. There were over 200 participants last year -- a mix of housestaff, faculty, students, and partners/families -- and we'd love to get that number above 300! It should be a fun event!

Masks or face cloth coverings will be required outdoors when gathering with a large group (there is also a virtual option!). There will be prizes donated by local businesses/restaurants, and all race participants will earn 5 free classes at Orangetheory Fitness. Save $5 on registration by registering before October 1st!



October 2, 2021: Saturdays with MiM – Biweekly Workout (Duke School of Medicine)

We'll break a sweat with this week's featured workout on the Medicine In Motion Instagram account. Feel free to practice in the days leading up to it, or just show up as you are!

1) 0.25 mile run

2) 10 burpees

3) 25 jump squats

4) 25 crunches

Repeat 4 times (or more if you're feeling it!) 



September 18, 2021: Medicine in Motion Corporate Kickoff (Duke School of Medicine)

This will be our first official event as a new student group! We will have a brief chapter overview followed by a 20-minute AMRAP (as many reps as possible) bodyweight workout. We will be competing against other Medicine in Motion (MiM) chapters from across the globe. After the 20-minute workout, we will finish with a field game, sports game, or fun alternative activity for the remainder of our time, plus snacks! Please remember to bring a mask. 

20 minute AMRAP workout:

4 plank up-downs (scale to knees)

9 vertical toe touches (scale to ROM - range of motion) 

20 reverse lunges (total) (scale ROM) 

21 sprawls (scale to walking through movement)

You can also register for the individual competition for $10 at the following link: https://script.google.com/macros/s/AKfycbzPfSdWV_Vdaz8eu9NtRbgGgvUZT23qgS4gqGhVLZ1e2PqhsDc/exec?action=sign&formId=17tojBk26Nbr-v0oPkqK5obI3P7Tt1h0ODSRSO98U9Y8&editorUUID=82b865b1-bb8a-49ba-9ff8-106c7cd4cdf4

For those competing in the individual competition, there will be MiM gear for the top 3 winners in each category: self-identifying sex, student/resident, and faculty. 

$10 registration fee is for individual competition only.

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Chapter Leads



Hello, I’m Breanna and I’m an MS3 at Duke Med! I’ve always enjoyed being active. Growing up, I was a tap dancer, martial artist, and spent my summers swimming on the swim team and winters skiing double black diamonds. Since then, I’ve also developed strong passions for weightlifting, running (thanks, pandemic!), biking the American Tobacco Trail, and hiking on beautiful nature trails. I actually spent 5 weeks backpacking and kayaking on Lake Superior and in Pisgah National Forest! I am beyond excited and humbled to be a part of the Medicine in Motion Chapter at Duke Med in order to foster a community at Duke and in the larger triangle area that revolves around fitness, service, and wellness.



My name is Chris, and I have been in Durham since 2014 when I started undergrad at Duke. I am originally from Atlanta, GA. Wellness in medical school has looked like runs through the Duke Forest, Zoom workouts with friends, and early morning spin classes. I chose to be involved with Medicine in Motion because of the desire I have to a create community around exercise that is welcoming to all regardless of prior experience.



Michael is a MD-PhD student at Duke. He loves team sports (most recently played intramural basketball and ultimate frisbee). He enjoys running, weight training, golf, snowboarding, table tennis, chess, and the sport of marathon Star Wars viewing. When medical school moved virtual during the beginnings of the COVID-19 pandemic, Michael maintained connection and a bit of normalcy via MiM Zoom workouts with classmate and fellow MiM leader Chris. Michael really appreciated these workouts, and is now excited to help foster community, inclusion, and philanthropy at the Duke MiM chapter.



Hello! My name is Michael Ivey, and I am a current MS1 at Duke Med. I am originally from a very rural area in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Growing up, I was constantly outside-- I loved fishing, hunting, and I played basketball, football, tennis, and ran track. As an undergraduate at the University of Michigan, my interest in organized sports transitioned towards weightlifting, hiking, and encouraging my friends to take a work break to even just take a walk with me outdoors. I also am a chatter box who loves making fitness unintimidating. My goal is to help people find what they enjoy so that they can use fitness as a stress reliever not inducer. Although I am new to the Durham area, I look forward to building a stronger connection between the Duke Med family and the local community. Just remember that fitness should be fun, and you can eat that doughnut!!

Trevor Sytsma


Hey there! I’m Trevor – a first-year medical student at Duke and a native of Seattle. By elementary school, I’d caught the running and backpacking bugs and have since enjoyed the camaraderie that goes hand-in-hand with exercise. As a cross country and track athlete in college, I dealt with a lot of recurrent injury that has shaped my appreciation for holistic health and balanced approaches to training. I’m still a runner at heart, but I now love all things endurance sports – biking, rowing, skiing, mountaineering, CrossFitting and swimming (that is, when I don’t drink half the pool while attempting a freestyle!) Plant-powered and sweat-showered, exercise is my refresh button and I’m thrilled to bring Medicine in Motion to support wellness, community building, and social change in the Duke Health community. Come move with us!