Chapel Hill, NC
Where did you attend college/university?
Where did you attend medical school?
What additional degrees do you have and from what institution?
SM, Computational and Systems Biology, MIT
What are your career goals?
Cardiology, in particular technology development and translational research
What did you do the summer before internship?
Spent time with my wife and newborn son
Reflections on the Duke Program
What were you looking for in a residency program?
I was looking for a program with excellent clinical training and research opportunities that was also in an area good for families. Duke and Durham really hit the mark in all the three areas for my family and I so it was a no-brainer to want to stay.
What are the strengths of the Duke program?
The quality of teaching and research combined with a desirable place to live really make Duke a unique place to train. It's not uncommon to round with attendings that were investigators on pivotal clinical trials, which gives the feeling that you're learning at the forefront of medicine from people who are defining it.
What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff?
Very collegial - I've been routinely impressed at the amount of time and dedication the faculty put in for resident training and development.
Tell us about your co-interns. How long did it take to connect?
Not long at all - it's a really fun and outgoing group. Everyone so far has been great to work with.
About Duke University and Durham
What's best about living in Durham and the Triangle?
There's so much to do for young families with a reasonable cost of living. We enjoy going to the local parks and museums a lot with our son, in particular the Museum of Life and Science and Duke Gardens. Whenever I get the time, there are also a lot of incredible golf courses in the area.
Where did you choose to live, and why?
We live in southern Durham - it's fairly accessible for my wife and I to work/school and there are a lot of families and things to do in the area. I'd say it's one of the best areas around the Triangle for families.
Based on your life, what advice would you give about moving to Durham?
For anyone with a family, there's invariably more planning and worries that go into moving, finding schools, child care, etc - what I can say is that Durham and the Triangle has a lot of young families, and there are plenty of great daycare options and schools. Having gone through the process of trying to pick somewhere to live with a family in mind, it's hard for me to imagine a more ideal place than the Triangle/Durham. If you have any specific worries or questions you'd like to ask, please feel free to reach out! I'm sure my wife and I have had a lot of the same concerns and we'd be happy to help as best we can.
What do you like to do outside of medicine?
Spend time with my family, but when I get the chance, I love getting out to the golf course.