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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 build a community that is inclusive of all abilities, promotes resilience, and supports the mental, emotional and physical wellbeing of our diverse health professions students and professionals.

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Backpacking the Linville Gorge Grand Loop with WAEM & Dr. Roberts (Duke School of Medicine)

We're once again teaming up with the Wilderness, Austere, and Environmental Medicine (WAEM) Interest Group and everyone's favorite kidney doctor, Dr. John Roberts, for Medicine in Motion's second overnight backpacking trip this May! We are considering hiking the ~21-mile Linville Gorge Grand Loop but will adjust according to interest and ability level. 

We will plan to depart Parking Garage 3 (PG3) the morning of Saturday, May 11th, and return the evening of Sunday, May 12th. 

Space is limited to the first 15 folks who express interest, so sign-up quickly and we'll reach out to coordinate logistics, including transportation and backpacking equipment (including rentals through Duke Outdoors Adventures for those in need of gear)!



Fayetteville Spartan Race (Duke School of Medicine)

Join MM at the Fayetteville Spartan Race on May 5! 

Medicine in Motion is BACK once more for the 2024 Fayetteville Spartan Race! We'll be travelling to Spring Lake, NC for a whirlwind Sprint 5k Race with plenty of thrilling obstacles in rugged terrain. The Sprint is a classic obstacle course race, perfect for newcomers and experienced athletes alike.

In preparation for race day, we're partnering with Dr. Kim McNally, Duke Physical Education professor and Spartan Race guru, to host a functional fitness class at Wilson Gym with tips on conquering Spartan Race obstacles. Free to all with a Duke ID. Sign up here!

In addition, MM is offering 30% off registration using our discount code "MEDMOTION".

So, are you in? Register here!

*if you've already registered, make sure to 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.



Duke Run Club Weekend Run (Duke School of Medicine)

Join us at the East Campus loop for the first ever group run with Duke Med Run Club (open to all health professions students + friends/family/plus ones)! Runners and walkers of all paces and levels are welcome, we will have several distance options (starting at 1.5 miles). Meet in front of Brodie Gym. Post-run snacks will be provided! 



Functional Fitness with Dr. Kim McNally (Duke School of Medicine)

As the May 5th Fayetteville Spartan Race draws near, we're excited to join forces with Duke Physical Education professor and Spartan Race guru Kim McNally for a functional fitness class in Wilson! We'll meet in the Functional Fitness Space on the bottom floor of Wilson, where Dr. McNally will offer hands-on practice and guidance to conquer Spartan Race obstacles and help demystify some of the equipment available to students. Just bring a water bottle and a towel. Whatever your fitness level and whether or not you're planning to participate in the Spartan Race, ALL Duke health professions student with a Duke ID are welcome to attend! 



Obstacle Course Racing Class at WarriorTech! (Duke School of Medicine)

We're heading back to WarriorTech in Morrisville for a free Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) class led by Coach Moseby! We'll learn how to traverse various obstacles, tap into our inner ninjas, and monkey around! No prior experience required. The class is limited to 20 spots, so sign up here, and we'll see you there!



Spin with Dr. Natalie Jones (Duke School of Medicine)

We're excited to partner with Dr. Natalie Jones, Duke's Director of Fitness and Wellness for a free, Medicine in Motion exclusive cycling class! Join us Saturday morning close to home at Wilson gym. Just bring a towel and a water bottle and we'll handle the rest. Fun fact: Dr. Jones biked across the United States in 2021 fundraising for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society! 🚴‍♀️🚴🏿‍♂️ Duke ID required for entry! 



Duke DPT Annual 5K (Duke School of Medicine)

It is officially time to sign up for the Duke DPT 19th Annual 5K! 

Please follow the instructions below, registering on this website doesn't mean you are fully registered for the race. 

What is the Duke DPT annual 5K?

This year's race will take place on April 13th  at 10:00 am on the Duke East Campus Loop. 

Register by March 21, 2024, at 11:59 pm to GUARANTEE your race t-shirt! 

The shirt will be a Comfort Colors cotton tee with a vintage-inspired Duke DPT logo. 

Is this a fundraising event?

Yes! All race proceeds go towards the VCU-Marquette Challenge, which supports and funds Physical Therapy research. For more information regarding the VCU-Marquette Challenge, click the link below.

Okay, I'm convinced, how do I register for the race?

This is a 4 step process this year.

 1. Fill out this Google form to register for the race!  - Google Form:

 2. Load money onto your Flex account. The eAccounts App makes this process simple or it can be done online at

  • Log into your Duke account via the eAccounts app or through the desktop page
  • Click “EACCOUNTS” login link
  • Select your Flex account and click “Add Money”
  • Load $30 into your account through Apple Pay/credit/debit
  • Confirm your Flex account total has been updated
  • *Once you have loaded your FLEX money you are not quite done yet!!

 3. Follow this link to our race website to make your $30 donation. Your $30 donation covers the race shirt and registration for the race.

 4. Email Terry and Jordyn a screenshot confirmation of the donation to confirm registration (please include us both on the email).

~ Please ensure you fully complete all 4 steps to ensure your t-shirt and registration for race day!

I know someone who wants to participate in the race, but they are not a Duke student or faculty member. Can they participate in the race?

Yes. The process is slightly different this year. If you are interested in the 5k but do not have access to a Dukelogin to use Flex money, there are two options for payment.

  1. Make a donation with someone else's personal student account with the method listed above that covers you both as racers ($30 per participant; If you use this option, please describe within your screenshot confirmation email with the name of who you paid for).
  2. Pay with cash on the day of the race. (This is only an option for non-Duke students or faculty; please still fill out the Google form). – If you are able to do option 1, please do so. This option should be used as a last resort. **Everyone planning on participating in race day should fill out their own Google form please** 

Are there any new aspects of the race this year?

Also yes! This year's race has a little ~twist~ from last year's event.

You can now sign up in a TEAM for the race to add a little more friendly competition. Teams can be between 5-10 people (minimum of 5) and additional/ bigger prizes will be given for winning teams. Winning teams will be decided based on the sum of the TOP 5 finisher’s places that they finish in (similar to cross-country scoring rules). Feel free to join the Medicine in Motion Team! If you are participating on a team, please add your team name and members to this Google sheet:

If you would like to run the race individually, that is also a great option!

Will there be prizes?

Of course!! Prizes will be given to winning teams, individual top finishers, and raffle winners. Prizes include everything from Duke swag to rock climbing memberships to Fleet Feet gift cards, Medicine in Motion swag (hats, stickers and T-shirts) and more!

We understand this is a lengthy process to sign up, so if you have any additional questions please reach out to Jordyn Parks and Terry Brown via email. We cannot wait to continue this annual tradition and to see you all on race day!



First Annual Duke vs UNC MedMotion Soccer Match (Duke School of Medicine)

Soccer, crossbar challenge, prizes, and orange slices! What more do you need on a sunny spring Saturday afternoon?

Join us for another match-up in the budding rivalry between Duke and UNC Medicine in Motion chapters! This time around, we'll be competing in a full-field 11 v 11 soccer game on Saturday, March 30th. Please arrive before 1:15 PM to prepare for kickoff at 1:30 PM. We will also be holding a crossbar challenge at halftime – winners get a Medicine in Motion shirt! The game will be broken up into two 45-minute halves with a 15 minute break in between for the crossbar challenge and orange slices 🍊

If you plan on playing, please bring hydration, cleats if you have them, and your inner Messi to bring home the win for your chapter! Spectators are also welcome! Let's see who ~motions~ better on the pitch 🏆⚽️



SPENGA Class (Duke School of Medicine)

Join us at SPENGA Chapel Hill for a private SPin/strENgth/yoGA class! SPENGA's combination of 20 minutes of spin, 20 minutes of strength training, and 20 minutes of yoga creates a unique fitness experience with space dedicated specifically to each element of the workout, invigorating aromatherapy and workouts fueled by energizing DJ-inspired beats. The class is FREE for all participants but limited to 24 attendees. All equipment you need is included – just make sure to wear tennis shoes, bring a water bottle, and arrive by 11:45am to get checked in. We can't wait to see you there!



Vinyasa Yoga with Dr. Bauer (Duke School of Medicine)

Discover the power of mind-body connection and strong postures while grooving to hip hop beats as we welcome back Duke's own Dr. Melissa Bauer for the third time! Join us for a rejuvenating yoga session led by Dr. Bauer, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology in Duke's Women's Anesthesiology Division. Whether you're a seasoned yogi or a beginner, all levels are welcome.

Just bring your water bottle and an open mind for a rejuvenating experience! We encourage you to bring your own yoga mat, though we'll have plenty available courtesy of the Lifestyle Medicine Interest Group. 



Clash of the Chapters Round 2: Duke vs UNC Pick-Up Basketball & Pickleball (Duke School of Medicine)

Our first pick-up basketball event in February suffered from an unlit basketball court, so we're giving it another whirl – this time with lights GUARANTEED and the addition of pickleball!

On the eve of one of the biggest rivalries in college basketball, join us for UNC Medicine in Motion's inaugural event as the Duke and UNC chapters go head-to-head in games of pick-up basektball and pickleball. Wear your Duke or Carolina blue and meet us at the Southern Boundaries Park in Durham on Friday, March 8th, at 6:00pm to see who ~motions~ better on the courts. 🏆



Chair Yoga with Roshini (Duke School of Medicine)

Medicine in Motion is thrilled to be putting on its first Chair Yoga class! Led by longtime yoga guide and medical student Roshini, this class will move through a full series of yoga asanas to stretch, strengthen, and engage the body, as well as a meditation practice -- all performed while seated. Practitioners of all backgrounds and experienced levels invited -- the more the merrier!

Please wear comfy clothes and bring a light jacket as well as some water. We can't wait to practice with you!

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Chapter Leads

Anna Dagher


Hello all! My name is Anna and I am a third-year medical student at Duke. I was born, raised, and went to school in Maine prior to moving to Durham (where I am loving the warmer weather!). Growing up, I spent weekends piled in a minivan with friends traveling to soccer and basketball games. On weekdays, my dad would invite me to the gym after work where we’d run together while telling stories and laughing. This sparked my passion for fitness, which has grown over the years through college soccer, a couple ACL surgeries, and a personal training certification. Team sports, HIIT workouts, weightlifting, long walks, and indoor cycling are my “go-to” forms of movement, but I love trying new things! Exercise has been instrumental for my mental health throughout the years, and I can’t wait to continue striving towards a balanced life rich with mental and physical health alongside you all!

Baxter Agritelley


Hi, my name is Baxter! I’m a 1.5-year-old lemon beagle born and raised in NC. Triangle Beagle Rescue saved my life before my forever hooman brought me to Durham. I think movement is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. For instance, I follow a strict regimen of a daily dose of zoomies followed by vicious tug-of-war battles with the couch cushions. Plus, my hooman routinely takes me outside for long walks and runs (with lots of sniff breaks, of course). Movement has helped me lose over 1/3 of my body weight, and I’m still going!! I may be the newest (and tiniest) member of Duke’s Medicine in Motion, but what I lack in size I sure make up for with my loud voice and might. These pesky NC squirrels don’t stand a chance!

Bryan Tanigawa


Hello! My name is Bryan and I’m a second year DPT student at Duke. I was born and raised in the great state of Colorado where you get 300 days of sunshine each year! Because of this, I grew up doing a lot of hiking and skiing. While my athletic prime is far behind me, I still enjoy weightlifting, basketball, and golf. I’m a big believer in the power of activity to improve mental wellbeing, especially as busy students. I’m extremely excited to contribute to the Medicine in Motion community, and help others find a healthy work-life balance with activities that are challenging, inclusive, and fun!

Dana Oakes


Hiya! I’m Dana Oakes, a second year DPT student at Duke. I was born and raised just south of Denver, Colorado where I grew up trying just about every sport under the sun, and enjoyed getting outdoors, camping, biking, hiking, and skiing. Before coming back to school for my DPT, I dabbled in seasonal work as a hiking tour guide on the Great Wall of China in 2019 and a ski instructor in 2021 and 2022. As a student I am passionate about weightlifting, pickleball, skiing, tennis, and walking/hiking. I consistently find community in outdoor spaces and hope to help foster that community through Medicine in Motion here at Duke!

Daniel Yang


Hey everyone – my name is Daniel, and I am a first-year medical student at Duke! Besides being in Durham now, I’ve called Massachusetts home my whole life, but I feel most at home when I have a soccer ball at my feet, some friends, and an open area to scrimmage, juggle, or play soccer tennis (especially if it’s on the beach). Badminton is another one of my favorite sports, and I play casually in Duke Club Badminton! I also love weightlifting, which I rely on as a way to recharge after long periods of studying or taking exams. This passion played a large role in what drew me to medicine in the first place after it inspired me to work part-time as a personal trainer in college and learn more about the body. Besides these activities, I genuinely love trying out new ways to stay moving – since coming to Durham, my peers have inspired me to try tennis, cycling, running a 5k, and Orange Theory! Meeting new people and developing friendships through all these activities is what has made my time at Duke so special, and I’m excited to continue finding ways to do so with everyone down the line!

Daphne Zhu


My name is Daphne, and I am a second year medical student at Duke. Growing up in the suburbs of Dallas, TX, some of my favorite memories were being active in the outdoors, whether through hiking trips or marching band practices in triple-digit heat (it was a love-hate relationship). I discovered weightlifting in high school, and I fell in love with the way it helped me feel both physically and mentally strong. When I'm not in the gym, you can find me running (slowly), taking photos, hanging out with my two cats, or enjoying a bowl of oatmeal. I'm excited to continue building a community around accessible and inclusive movement with Medicine in Motion!

Ethan Agritelley


Hello all! I’m Ethan, a third-year medical student at Duke. I grew up right outside of Portland, Oregon and moved to Durham at the start of medical school. I went to undergrad at Cornell where I played football. I have since transitioned to distance running. I tell myself I do it for fun though sometimes (usually…kidding) I question this. I enjoy all types of running but especially love exploring new trails in the mountains and state parks. To balance my running, I lift weights and decompress with yoga. I also love reading, watching TV, and recently started brewing my own beer. I am excited to be a part of the Medicine in Motion team and hope to share my love of exercise and movement with all!

Jane Gray


Howdy! Jane Gray here, PA S-2. I’m a firm believer that health and wellness are all about befriending yourself, exploring your limits and getting to know new friends in the process. My oldest loves are long-distance/cross-country bike touring and hanging out with my backpack on a mountain, but I’m always down for an adventure if you offer. Come as you are and let’s have fun!

Jordan Burnett


Hi, I’m Jordan and I’m a second year DPT student at Duke! Growing up as a competitive gymnast in a mountain town, I was always active at practice or hiking with my family and dogs. After injuries kept me from continuing gymnastics, I pursued dance, yoga, and weight lifting. My current favorite forms of movement are teaching yoga, hiking with my dog, rock climbing with friends, and running obstacle course races with my partner! I am so honored and excited to be a part of the Duke Medicine in Motion chapter and look forward to building community through movement, service, and wellness. Exercise can carry many emotions with it, positive and negative, so I hope to support others in discovering their favorite ways to move!

Julia Laughlin


Hello! My name is Julia Laughlin and I am a first year student in the Occupational Therapy Doctorate program here at Duke. I’m from Illinois and went to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for undergrad where I studied kinesiology and was a member of Vitality Dance Team. I love to go on runs and walks outside, which is one of the many reasons I’m so excited to be in North Carolina! Some other passions of mine are meeting new people, appreciating nature, cooking, and music. I’m excited to be a part of Medicine in Motion because I love physical activity and promoting healthy living!

Karleigh Derleth


Hi everybody! My name is Karleigh Derleth, and I am a first year DPT student at Duke! I have always been active in a variety of sports including volleyball, basketball, and soccer as well as show choir. In college I was able to learn how to weight lift properly and ended up getting really into yoga, both hot and normal. I am from the Midwest, so it is nice to be able to go for hikes whenever I want here in North Carolina! I have found such incredible support and love through these active communities, and I am so excited to share that with others by being a part of this awesome team. I look forward to sharing new experiences with other like-minded individuals!

Kayla Cheyno


Hi! My name is Kayla Cheyno and I am a first year student in the Occupational Therapy Doctorate program here at Duke. I am from Los Angeles, California and went to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo for my undergraduate degree. I majored in child development and was on the cheer and STUNT team all four years. I love to hike, paddle board, and walk outside. Some of my other passions are meeting new people, being outside, reading, and listening to music. I am excited to be a part of Medicine in Motion because I am looking forward to experiencing new ways to stay active and engage with others.

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