Ali Corley, MD

Start Year
2020

Education and Training

College/University
Pomona College

Medical School
Dartmouth Medical School

Residency
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Honors, awards and distinctions

  • Awarded funding from the Weener Family Residency Research Grant, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC)

 

  • Co-founder of the Women in Cardiology program at BIDMC

 

  • Captain of BIDMC Recreational Softball Team, The Gwayaks

 

  • Pomona College Varsity Softball Team: Four-year college varsity softball player, two-time Team Captain, two-time team MVP (2008 and 2010), and school home run record holder (single season and career)
  • Pomona College Student Athlete of the Year (2011)

Fellow Perspective

Tell us briefly about your background before fellowship.
I am a West coast native, and claim both California and Colorado as my home states. I did my undergraduate degree at Pomona College, where I studied the migratory patterns of seabirds as part of my biology major thesis. After undergrad I spent a few years in San Francisco and Palo Alto working on biomedical informatics projects at the Stanford affiliated VA. I made my first move to the East coast to attend Dartmouth Medical School. I then did my residency training at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, in Boston, MA.

What are your career plans in cardiology?
My career goals are two fold. I am considering interventional cardiology vs general cardiology with a critical care focus.  Closely tied to my clinical career, my academic and professional goals involve exploring health disparities and conducting outcomes based research. I hope to identify interventions in the delivery of cardiovascular care, such as policies or novel care models, that can reduce disparities both domestically and abroad.

Why did you choose Duke for your fellowship training?
I chose to come to Duke because I felt that I would get the training here that would help me become an excellent clinical cardiologist while also providing the opportunities to explore research fields that matter to me.

What advice might you offer residents looking at fellowship programs?
It is important for residents looking at programs to really identify what their interests are and find a program that will support those interests. For some, this may be basic science research, global health, policy, or journalism, etc. Not all fellowships have the resources for each of these fields, so residents need to find the ones with the best fits. Above all, every fellowship program has a culture and residents should look for ones in which they will fit in and could see themselves being happy for a number of years as being part of the department.

From your experience in fellowship, what have you learned about training at Duke?
Still new here, and still learning!

How is your life in the Triangle area outside of work?
Just moved here! So far, I’ve enjoyed exploring the local running trails, back roads for cycling or cruising with the Jeep top down. Ask me again in a few months.