University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
University of Florida College of Medicine
What are your career goals?
I am interested in academic medicine and medical education. The rest of the details are yet to be figured out.
What did you do the summer before internship?
I visited my home country of Ukraine after not having been for 8 years.
It is certainly a rigorous program, but it is incredibly inspiring to work alongside people who strive to take excellent care of the patients and each other.
Reflections on the Duke Program
What were you looking for in a residency program?
I was looking for a strong academic program with excellent research opportunities and a collegiate environment. While I did not expect to find a place that perfectly checks off all these boxes, Duke actually achieves that.
What are the strengths of the Duke program?
Besides the obvious academic and research excellent, the biggest strength of Duke is its people. From fellow residents, to faculty, to other health professionals - everyone is friendly, intelligent, humble, and ready to extend a helping hand. We truly are a Duke family.
What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff?
I do not cease to be amazed by how excited the faculty are to teach and work with residents.
Tell us about your co-interns. How long did it take to connect?
We connected right away. Spending time with fellow interns both inside and outside of the hospital has been one of the best aspects of residency so far.
What has surprised you most about Duke?
How incredibly supportive everyone is. It is certainly a rigorous program, but it is incredibly inspiring to work alongside people who strive to take excellent care of the patients and each other.
About Duke University and Durham
What's best about living in Durham and the Triangle?
The food scene is amazing. There multiple options for any taste. There is also plenty of opportunities to spend time outside without having to travel far - I love to take a stroll through the Duke Gardens on a day off or visit Eno River State Park.
Where did you choose to live, and why?
I chose to live a short walk from the hospital in the apartment complex called Flats and the Exchange. I enjoy not having to drive to work every morning but also being close enough to be able to drive to fun outings with friends after work or to get groceries on the weekend.
Based on your life, what advice would you give about moving to Durham?
For those moving from big cities, good news! Durham is considerably cheaper than NYC, Chicago, etc and there are plenty of options, depending on what your needs are.
What do you like to do outside of medicine?
I like to spend time with family and friends, read fiction and non-fiction (preferably while drinking coffee), listen to podcasts, do yoga, and be outside, especially on the beach. On the wonderful golden weekends, I also like to cook and bake and explore Durham and the Triangle area.