News at Medicine - December 2017 - A champion of human rights

A champion of human rights
December 19, 2017
Dr. Pauline Duke has been named a human rights champion by the Newfoundland and Labrador Human Rights Commission.
At a ceremony at Government House on Dec. 7, Lt.-Gov. Frank Fagan and his wife Patricia Fagan presented the award. Dr. Duke was one of two people presented with certificates as human rights champions.
Dr. Duke, a Memorial alumnae and family medicine professor, is an award-winning physician, educator and advocate for refugee healthcare and is co-founder and a lead physician at the Refugee Health Intake Clinic.
After receiving her medical degree from Memorial in 1979, Dr. Duke began her practice in Botwood. She received Certification in Family Medicine from the College of Family Physicians of Canada in 1989 and Fellowship in the College in 2004. Since 1989, she has been practising family medicine at the Family Practice Unit, Health Sciences Centre, in St. John’s. Dr. Duke’s comprehensive clinical practice includes house calls, home palliative care, geriatrics, prenatal care and women’s health.
Dr. Duke provides comprehensive medical care to local refugees in the Refugee Health Clinic offered through the Family Practice Unit. Since 2005, she has been a faculty advisor of the Memorial Med Gateway Project—an initiative in which medical students provide medical histories and physical exam screening for new refugees. She has served on the national steering committee for Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care from 2012 to 2016.
Dr. Duke has been recognized for her work with several awards and she has served on a variety of committees. She also has numerous publications in the areas of medical education, violence against women and children, sexual assault, refugee health, women’s health, and HPV and cervical cancer screening.
The Newfoundland and Labrador Human Rights Awards recognize an individual who has made and/or continues to make a meaningful contribution to advancing and furthering human rights in Newfoundland and Labrador. Sunday, Dec. 10 was International Human Rights Day.