Anish Badjatiya, MD

Basics

Hometown
Pleasanton, CA

Where did you attend college/university?
University of California Los Angeles

Where did you attend medical school?
Case Western Reserve University

What are your career goals?
I am currently interested in Cardiology, particularly Interventional and critical care cardiology.

What did you do the summer before internship?
Traveled to Vietnam and Thailand for three weeks and ate all the Pad Thai and Pho. After that I attended my best friend's wedding in Los Angeles. I still had not had enough so I took a family trip to London and India for four weeks!

Faculty have time and again been incredibly supportive providing guided autonomy to let residents truly develop into independent thinkers. Everyone is very approachable and genuinely want to see you succeed.

Reflections on the Duke program

What were you looking for in a residency program?
I wanted a residency program that forms the complete physician. I want to be trained rigorously in an environment where I am constantly inspired by the people I work with. I found all this and much more at Duke.

What are the strengths of the Duke program?
I believe its the Duke family mentality. This can be seen in the comrade between residents, the genuine interest the faculty take in resident development. Finally, the countless hours that the leadership spends taking resident suggestions into account to maximize learning.

What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff?
Faculty have time and again been incredibly supportive providing guided autonomy to let residents truly develop into independent thinkers. Everyone is very approachable and genuinely want to see you succeed.

Tell us about your co-interns. How long did it take to connect?
Instantly, well at least via social media. We set up a Group me, which was blowing up daily. Our class is incredibly social and we started hanging out, exploring Durham from the first day of orientation.

What has surprised you most about Duke?
It can be very humid in North Carolina. More seriously, I was surprised by how supportive the program actually is. During interviews, honestly every program advertises this now, but I was pleasantly surprised that at Duke the talk lived up to it. For example, we have an incredible mentoring, coaching and big sibling programs.

About Duke University and Durham

What's best about living in Durham and the Triangle?
Downtown Durham is really cool, very walkable (or bike able). There are tons of good breweries and small food shops. There's a farmers market every Saturday where along with the farmers, a bunch of local food trucks come. Also, there is so much great hiking and nature around.

How does the Triangle appeal to people of diverse backgrounds?
Durham has a nice small city vibe, Chapel Hill is a wonderful college town and Raleigh is there for the bigger city feel. It has something for everyone.

Where did you choose to live, and why?
I chose to live in West Village, because it is in downtown Durham and thus walking distance from a lot of cool restaurants and breweries. I also liked being a little far (exactly 8 min drive) from the hospital.

Based on your life, what advice would you give about moving to Durham?
Get a bike and ditch the heavy snow jacket, move a little earlier than orientation week so you can explore the area more.

What do you like to do outside of medicine?
Exercising, biking, listening to music, exploring new hikes and brunch spots, reading and watching movies.