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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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Events

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Sunset Yoga with Roshini (Duke School of Medicine)

Our favorite yoga instructor is back to get us through the mid-weekend study slump! Join us on the 6th Floor of TSCHE to watch the sunset as we take a moment to nurture our minds and our bodies. 

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Falls Lake Finale: End-of-Year Hike and Picnic (Duke School of Medicine)

Join Medicine in Motion as we finish out the year and usher in summer with a hike along the shores of Falls Lake! We'll meet at Blue Jay Point County Park for a 3-5 mile hike along the Mountains to Sea Trail and enjoy a potluck-style picnic and barbeque for anyone who would like to stick around, grab a bite, or take a dip in the lake!

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The Imperfection Sessions: The Highs and Lows of Physical Health in a Medical Career (Duke School of Medicine)

Presented by Medicine in Motion @ Duke & the Mental Health and Wellness Committee, this session will feature physicians, residents, and medical students at Duke who authentically share ways they have engaged with and struggled to maintain their physical health (exercise, sleep, healthy lifestyles, etc.), how they have attempted to overcome these struggles, and how they maintain reasonable standards and practices for physical health alongside the demands of a medical career. We'll explore questions such as:


-  How has your physical health fluctuated over the course of your medical training and career?

-  How have you adapted to changes in career and life circumstances that have necessitated a change in your physical activity habits?

-  What advice do you have for integrating exercise and other healthy lifestyles into your life when personal and professional demands make this difficult?

-  Have you experienced cognitive dissonance when, as a physician, you struggle to follow the same guidance for healthy lifestyles that you provide your patients?

-  What has been the role of exercise and remaining active in your professional identity formation, self-perception, and/or how others may have perceived you in medicine?

- How have the workplace and workplace structures influenced your ability to tend to your own physical health?


Our panelists will include:

  • Calisha Allen, MD, PGY-2 Resident, Duke Pediatrics Residency Program
  • Kenzie Johnston, MD, Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, Duke University Team Physician
  • Jeremiah Davis, MD, MPH, PGY-1 Resident, Duke Family Medicine Residency Program
  • Franz Belz, MS3+
  • Sonali Biswas, MS3+

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May 15: Fayetteville Spartan Race (Duke School of Medicine)

Join MM at the Fayetteville Spartan Race on May 15! 


Coming soon, we'll head down the road for the Fayetteville Spartan Race and hope you'll join us for a fun challenge, great community building, and a good cause!   We are excited to announce that as we train for this 5k obstacle course, we have partnered with and are fundraising for the Durham Striders Youth Association, a youth Track & Field and Cross Country organization that focuses on the overall health, wellness, and productivity of youth in our community. All funds raised will go towards scholarships to help pay registration and participation fees for Striders athletes with financial need. Fundraising is not a requirement of participation, but we hope you'll consider supporting a local cause currently weathering the pandemic to address the social determinants in our community, regardless of whether you can join us for the race!


Support the Striders! 


During the 5 Saturdays leading up to the race, we'll host a Spartan Training Session Series from the Official Reebok Spartan 5-Week Training Guide to prime all of us for the event. This guide is also a great resource for other training ideas, nutrition & hydration tips, and race day preparation!


Additionally, we're  working to secure funding to cover up to 50% of the cost of registration for anyone who signs up. No guarantees yet, but that's how much we want to see you at Fayetteville!!


So, are you in? Register here!


On the website, be sure to register for the "Sprint 5K | 20 Obstacles" on Sunday afternoon. Select any preferred start time. After you register, join our team "Medicine in Motion Duke" in your Spartan account and event organizers will adjust start times to ensure our entire team can participate together.

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May 7: Spartan Training Session 5 (Duke School of Medicine)

Training Session 5 of our Spartan Training Program features Spartan Training Option 2 from the Spartan Training Guide, led by MS1 Trevor Sytsma! Join us at the Morris Williams Track and Field Stadium on Duke's Campus.    


3 to 5 Rounds of: 

3 minute Run

30 meter Commando Crawl

2 minute Run

20 Squats

1 minute Run 

10 Burpees

Rest: 1 minute


Modifications/alternatives are available for any of the above! 

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April 30: Spartan Training Session 4 (Duke School of Medicine)

Training Session 4 of our Spartan Training Program features Grip & Stability Workout 3 from the Spartan Training Guide, led by MS3 Michael Aiduk! Join us in the Functional Training Space on the bottom floor of the Wilson Recreation Center.  


5 Rounds of: 

10 x Burpees

5 x Chin Ups

1 minute Plank

1 minute Plate Carry

10 min AMRAP (as many rounds as possible): 

10 x Beast Activation

5 x Hanging Knee Lift

10 x Deadlift


Modifications/alternatives are available for any of the above! 

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April 23: Saturdays with MM – Yoga with Roshini Srinivasan (Duke School of Medicine)

Yoga with Roshini is back! Please bring your own yoga mat or towel for this 1-hour guided session. As always, all experience levels are welcome. 


A little bit about Roshini:


"I have been teaching yoga since 2016 (practicing for 12 years!), and before medical school taught undergraduates and medical students at The Ohio State University studios in Columbus, OH, and even to patients at Case Western Reserve University Hospitals. The applications of yoga in burnout prevention, as well as a nourishing physical and mental practice, are ones I'm so passionate about."

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April 23: Spartan Training Session 3 (Duke School of Medicine)

Training Session 3 of our Spartan Training Program features Spartan Training Option 1 from the Spartan Training Guide, led by MS1 Michael Ivey! Join us at the Great Hall on the bottom floor of TSCHE.    


3 to 5 Rounds of: 

1 minute Hill Run

1 minute Bucket Carry

1 minute Hill Run

1 minute Bear Crawl

1 minute Hill Run

1 minute Burpees

Rest: 1 minute


Modifications/alternatives are available for any of the above! 

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April 16: Spartan Training Session 2 (Duke School of Medicine)

Training Session 2 of our Spartan Training Program features Strength Workout 2 from the Spartan Training Guide, led by MS3 Breanna Polascik! Join us in the Functional Training Space on the bottom floor of the Wilson Recreation Center.  


15 min AMRAP (as many rounds as possible): 

5 x Deadlift

5 x Push Up

5 Rounds of: 

1 minute Rotating Lunges

1 minute Body Rows

1 minute Hip Bridge


Modifications/alternatives are available for any of the above! 

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April 9: Spartan Training Session 1 (Duke School of Medicine)

Training Session 1 of our Spartan Training Program features Strength Workout 1 from the Spartan Training Guide, led by MS3 Chris Lea! Join us in the Functional Training Space on the bottom floor of the Wilson Recreation Center.  


15 min AMRAP (as many rounds as possible): 

5 x Squat

5 x Chin Up

5 Rounds of: 

1 minute Lunges

1 minute Bar Hang

(30 sec per side) Side Plank


Modifications/alternatives are available for any of the above!

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March 12: Saturdays with MM – Yoga with Roshini Srinivasan (Duke School of Medicine)

Need to relax from the rollercoaster of school? Want to start your yogi era? Come join Medicine in Motion @ Duke's first yoga event led by the experienced yoga instructor and wonderful MS3 – Roshini Srinivasan! Please bring your own yoga mat or towel for this 1-hour guided session. As always, all experience levels are welcome. :)


When: Saturday, March 12th, 10 AM 

Where: Great Hall, TSCHE (8 Searle Center Dr, Durham, NC 27710, USA)



A little bit about Roshini:


"I have been teaching yoga since 2016 (practicing for 12 years!), and before medical school taught undergraduates and medical students at The Ohio State University studios in Columbus, OH, and even to patients at Case Western Reserve University Hospitals. The applications of yoga in burnout prevention, as well as a nourishing physical and mental practice, are ones I'm so passionate about."


Don't miss out!

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February 19: Saturdays with MM – HIIT Workout (Duke School of Medicine)

HIIT workouts are back! Come join us this Saturday at 10 am to start your weekend off with a healthy sweat and ~30-minute workout. All levels of workout experience are encouraged to join – the workout is self-paced with modifications available for every exercise!


HIIT Part I (20s on, 10s off, repeated twice = 6 mins)

1. High knees 2. Mountain climbers 3. Surf-jumps 4. Push-ups 5. Kickback/kick forward 6. Wide squats

HIIT Part II (20s on, 10s off, repeated twice = 6 mins)

1. Garage doors 2. Squat and kick, side to side 3. Burpees  4. Hold side plank on one side 5. Side plank on other 6. Bicycle abs

HIIT Part III (20s on, 10s off, repeated once = 3 minutes)

1. Plank taps 2. High plank 3. Plank (hands to elbows and back) 4. Plank-jacks 5. Chattaranga pushups 6. Low plank

Yoga Flow (15 minutes)


We hope to see you there :)

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Chapter Leads

Breanna Polascik

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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.

Chris Lea

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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 Aiduk

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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.

Michael Ivey

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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

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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!