Akash Goyal, MD

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Dayton, Ohio

Where did you attend college/university?
University of Pittsburgh

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

What are your career goals?
I hope to work at the intersection of clinical care and healthcare innovation. My interests specifically relate to cardiology, entrepreneurship, quality improvement, and health policy.

What did you do the summer before internship?
I spent a month exploring Southeast Asia with friends and spent quality time relaxing with my family and niece in Ohio.

The #dukefamily is real! The people, from the administration to the residents and faculty, are extraordinarily welcoming and supportive.

Reflections on the Duke Program

What were you looking for in a residency program?
When I interviewed at Duke, I knew this was the place for me. I was looking for program where I would be surrounded by peers and mentors who would constantly challenge me to think more critically and be more compassionate.

What are the strengths of the Duke program?
The #dukefamily is real! The people, from the administration to the residents and faculty, are extraordinarily welcoming and supportive. Despite never having lived in the "South," I have felt at home since moving to Durham. And of course, the clinical experiences, teaching, research, and opportunities for career development here at Duke are unparalleled.

What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff?
From the wards to the clinic, the house staff are considered as colleagues. Faculty consistently demonstrate interest in both teaching and learning from residents, which creates for a comfortable and nurturing environment.

Tell us about your co-interns. How long did it take to connect?
Since the start of orientation, my co-interns have been eager to plan get-togethers and outings. Even on busy rotations, we take time to enjoy each other's company and relax away from work. I think it is safe to say that we connected instantly!

About Duke University and Durham

What's best about living in Durham and the Triangle?
One of my favorite perks of living in Durham is how I rarely spend time sitting in traffic and often am only a 5-10 minute drive away from excellent restaurants, work, home, and outdoor activities. Living here is extremely effortless.

Based on your life, what advice would you give about moving to Durham?
Moving to Durham can initially be intimidating if you are new to the area like I was. After unpacking my boxes and settling in, I quickly realized how much this "small" town has to offer from expansive state parks to world-class restaurants (and even beaches within driving distance!). Also, having such an amazing class of co-interns has made the move even easier.

What do you like to do outside of medicine?
Outside of medicine, you can find me on the tennis courts, watching/bingeing the latest movies and TV shows, or learning to play acoustic guitar.

Parting thoughts?
You likely will be choosing between several high quality programs, but do not discount the "fit" factor, which though may sound cliché is likely the most important factor in determining where you will be happiest and in turn most successful.