Southwest Ranches, Florida
Where did you attend college/university?
Nova Southeastern University
Where did you attend medical school?
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
If applicable, what other degrees do you hold and from what institutions?
Masters in Medical Sciences from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
What are your career goals?
I'm currently still exploring different subspecialties within neurology, but plan on pursuing a fellowship and continuing to be part of an academic program to pursue research and teaching as part of my career.
"The relationship between the faculty and house staff is a genuine one. The attendings promote learning and are supportive of the residents."
-Andrea Linares Lopez
Reflections on the Duke Program
What were you looking for in a residency program?
I was looking for a strong academic program with a wide variety of clinical opportunities for residents.
What are the strengths of the Duke Program?
Duke offers residents the opportunity to rotate to various subspecialty clinics early on in training which I think is a great strength because it gives us the opportunity to further understand and explore different areas for our future career beyond residency.
What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff?
The relationship between the faculty and house staff is a genuine one. The attendings promote learning and are supportive of the residents.
Tell us about your co-interns. What has helped you connect, support each other, and form friendships?
My co-interns are a great group! We all had the opportunity to get together prior to beginning residency which helped get to know each other better. We have group chats where we can ask all kinds of questions and help each other navigate our way through residency.
What has surprised you most about Duke?
The welcoming culture is what surprised me most about Duke. Every attending and resident I have worked with so far is always willing to help you.
About Duke University and Durham
What is the best thing about living in Durham and the Triangle?
The variety of activities! You can go hiking one weekend and then drive out to the beach the next weekend. There’s also so many well known as well as unique restaurants to choose from.
How does the Triangle appeal to people of diverse backgrounds?
The triangle offers a variety of things to do and places to eat that allows people from diverse backgrounds to enjoy.
Where did you choose to live and why?
I chose to live in between Raleigh and Durham because I really liked the area and the fact that it was surrounded by so many shops and restaurants. It is also near the international airport so I can have family visit and take mini weekend trips.
What advice would you give to someone looking to move to Durham?
There are different options when moving to Durham, and it all comes down to personal preference of how far you want to live from the hospital, if you want to be near shops and restaurants, in a more urban or rural setting, etc.
What are your interests outside of medicine?
Outside of Medicine I enjoy riding my peloton, trying out new restaurants or local activities, and hanging out with my family when they are in town!