Aaron Hein, MD

Start Year


Fulton, MO

Where did you attend college/university?
University of Pittsburgh

Where did you attend medical school?
Duke University School of Medicine

What are your career goals?
I'm interested primarily in being an excellent clinician and also want to incorporate medical education, whether at the medical student, resident, or fellow level, into my career. I also have enjoyed pursuing clinical research. I envision myself in a subspecialty with the option of regularly performing procedures, but I have not decided which field I will pursue.

What did you do the summer before Intern year?
I went to Banff and Vancouver for 10 days with my girlfriend - we went skiing and hiking! I also spent some time visiting friends and family.

"I have seen that generally faculty are very supportive of the house staff in allowing them to lead patient care decisions and push forward with management plans that are safe for patients‚Äč."

-Aaron Hein

Reflections on the Duke Program

What were you looking for in a residency program?
I wanted a residency program that offered rigorous training with autonomy, but at the same time was supportive. I wanted to find a group of residents who also offered a relaxed atmosphere while being effective in patient care.

What are the strengths of the Duke Program?
As a medical student at Duke, I had great interactions with the program leadership, and appreciated how responsive to resident feedback they were. Further, I was always impressed by the clinical acumen of all the residents with whom I worked, and there was a strong emphasis on education within the Internal Medicine services that I wished to continue as a resident.

What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff?
I have seen that generally faculty are very supportive of the house staff in allowing them to lead patient care decisions and push forward with management plans that are safe for patients. Faculty in my experience are interested in hearing house staff and student input on patient care and seek to educate on rounds often.

Tell us about your co-interns. What has helped you connect, support each other and form friendships?
I have had wonderful experiences getting to know my co-interns. Since many have moved here recently, it's been fun checking out the many restaurants and breweries in the area. As a group they have been very down-to-earth and fun to work with.

What has surprised you most about Duke?
The transition from medical student to intern has been a big jump with the increased responsibility, but I have had excellent upper-levels who have answered every question, however small, I have had.

About Duke University and Durham

What is the best thing about living in Durham and the Triangle?
I enjoy trying all the awesome restaurants and breweries that are popping up - it's impossible to go to all the new restaurants before more open. I love being able to drive without traffic for basic life things like shopping, groceries, food, work etc., and the cost of living is wonderful.

Where did you choose to live and why?
I chose to live in a townhome close to the hospital - I enjoy the space to grill and have a backyard, but I also have a very short commute to work each day. There are also many places to run and walk on trails nearby.

What advice would you give someone looking to move to Durham?
I think it's a wonderful place to live. It has a lot of bigger city amenities with Raleigh nearby, a large variety of food options, all within an environment that is low stress and relatively low cost of living.

What are your interests outside of medicine?
I'm a huge soccer fan - I love both watching and playing. I also watch sports generally, particularly my baseball team the St. Louis Cardinals. In my free time, I enjoy running, hiking, listening to podcasts, cooking, and trying out restaurants and breweries in the Triangle area.