Where did you attend college/university?
Washington University in St. Louis
Where did you attend medical school?
Duke University School of Medicine
What other degrees do you hold and from what institutions?
PhD from Duke University
What are your career goals?
Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at an academic institution with a heavy focus on basic science and translational research in sepsis and lung disease models.
What did you do the summer before intern year?
I got married, started building our house, and traveled to Asia.
"Duke offers a great collaborative environment for learning and research. It extends from students to colleagues to the administration and makes everything from setting up research to scheduling clinical work run very smoothly."
Reflections on the Duke Program
What were you looking for in a residency program?
I was looking for a strong research program in a city with a great quality of life. As I am thinking about the research pathway, I was also looking for a program rigorous enough that I would feel clinically competent with two years of clinical training.
What are the strengths of the Duke Program?
Duke offers a great collaborative environment for learning and research. It extends from students to colleagues to the administration and makes everything from setting up research to scheduling clinical work run very smoothly.
What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff?
Faculty love working with house staff and for the most part compete to get the privilege to work on teaching teams. This means most attendings on teaching teams are the best of the best when it comes to serving as role models and teaching.
About Duke University and Durham
What is the best thing about living in Durham and the Triangle?
Durham has great weather and a low cost of living. If you love the outdoors, Durham has a lot of opportunities over the weekend to enjoy things you might not find in the largest cities. The beach and mountains are close enough.
Where did you choose to live and why?
I am building a house in Southeast Durham because I anticipate staying here long term.
What are your interests outside of medicine?
I enjoy sports, outdoor activities, and cooking.