Education and Training
University of Michigan
Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship
Tell us briefly about your background before fellowship.
I was an electrical engineer briefly before medical school. I have done all of my medical education and training at Duke (medical school, residency, and fellowship). I thought about leaving at each transition, but Duke is such a great place that it's hard to leave once you get here.
What are your career plans in cardiology?
I am starting clinical electrophysiology fellowship. After graduation, I will be looking for a position in either academic or private practice EP.
Why did you choose Duke for your fellowship training?
I considered many programs for fellowship. In the end, Duke had everything that I wanted and was the best fit for me. The clinical training is intensive but also flexible, so that you can focus early on your areas of interest if you want. It is also very easy to get involved with research as there is so much going on through the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI).
What advice might you offer residents looking at fellowship programs?
Consider strongly where you want to live geographically (you may end up there after fellowship), the strength of clinical training at the institution (such as the ability to get level 2 or level 3 certified in different areas), and the strength of training in your area of specialization (EP, cath, imaging, etc. - you will likely stay at your fellowship program for advanced training). Try to gauge the happiness of the fellows there and consider whether your family would be happy there. If you are interested in research, that is another consideration.
From your experience in fellowship, what have you learned about training at Duke?
In my opinion, you cannot beat Duke for clinical training in cardiology. The fellowship is designed to give you the best clinical training possible, with minimal "low-yield" responsibilities that other fellowship programs require fellows to do (such as routine device interrogations, home call, routine inpatient consults that are not educational, etc.). Duke's training is intensive and focused on building skills to make you an excellent clinician. When you are on cath, you will do hundreds of catheterizations independently. When you are on echo, you will do and read hundreds of echos and TEEs. When you are the CCU fellow, you will be responsible for 17 sick inpatients while fielding calls for STEMIs and other consults for sick cardiology patients in the hospital. It's how every training program should be.
How is your life in the Triangle area outside of work?
The Triangle is a fantastic place to live and is vastly underrated. The cost of living is relatively low, there isn't much traffic, and the weather is typically warm and sunny. There are tons of nice restaurants, breweries, etc, and two state parks with hiking and mountain biking trails within a 20 minute drive of my house. I routinely ride my bike 7 miles to work in a bike lane and without much traffic. If you move here, you will realize when you are looking for jobs that it's very hard to find a comparable place to live, and you will probably want to stay in the Triangle.