Where did you attend college/university?
College of Charleston
Where did you attend medical school?
University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville
What are your career goals?
While my research focus on esophageal disorders has given me predilection for a career in academic luminal gastroenterology, I plan to embrace the rich diversity of clinical opportunities afforded by training at Duke.
What did you do the summer before internship?
My wife and I made our annual pilgrimage to Charleston, SC to visit our alma mater. We later traveled to Chicago, and caught a game at Wrigley Field. I spent the rest of my break wake surfing on the lake and absorbing time with family.
I'm constantly blown away be the work-ethic, achievement, and affability of my co-interns. The residents here come from all walks of life with an incredible diversity in experiences that have shaped their outlook and perspective on patient care.
Reflections on the Duke Program
What were you looking for in a residency program?
My ideal medicine program was one that would challenge me daily to grow as a physician, provide a wealth of clinical diversity and acuity, and enable my success through practical mentorship, faculty support, and a sense of community amongst my peers. Additionally, I wanted to be in a city that provided a great quality of life on a resident’s salary. Duke was the perfect match.
What are the strengths of the Duke program?
Duke is well known for its top notch research facilities, world renowned faculty, and diversity of disease presentations. However, the true strength of the program comes from the incredible faculty, housestaff, and unmatched ancillary support with whom you can collaborate to optimize patient care.
What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff?
The relationships between faculty and house staff at Duke are unlike anywhere I have experienced. Duke is filled with leaders across the fields of medicine, and these same faculty members will casually share their expertise and opinions in the hallway, laugh with you after noon conference, and spontaneously check up on your progress through residency. The #DukeFamily is real, and it makes for a fantastic training environment.
Tell us about your co-interns. How long did it take to connect?
I'm constantly blown away be the work-ethic, achievement, and affability of my co-interns. The residents here come from all walks of life with an incredible diversity in experiences that have shaped their outlook and perspective on patient care. Everyone connected immediately via email and large group chats right after match day. Several of us hung out around Durham even before orientation began, and these relationships have continued to grow through even the most demanding rotations.
What has surprised you most about Duke?
I have been most pleasantly surprised by the persistence of the Duke Family atmosphere from the pre-interview dinner to the end of a long day on the wards. The NC state motto is Esse quam videri - To be, rather than to seem. I think this captures the ethos of the Duke Internal Medicine program perfectly.
About Duke University and Durham
What's best about living in Durham and the Triangle?
Durham is a small, up and coming city that provides a great quality of life with a low cost of living. The Triangle recruits young professionals from all over the world, so its a cultural diverse area with an ever expanding list of things to do in the area. Duke's campus is beautiful, downtown Durham has an amazing selection of top-rated restaurants and bars, and the close proximity of Chapel Hill and Raleigh adds the attractions and amenities of a small college town and a large city, respectively.
How does the Triangle appeal to people of diverse backgrounds?
The Research Triangle, anchored by Duke, UNC, and NC State draws in people from across the world for various academic and professional pursuits, so the cultural diversity here is much greater than that of most of the southeast. What's more, there is a collaborative effort between Durham natives and Triangle migrants to revitalize the town in a respectful way that pays homage to the unique history and culture of Durham, rather than rewriting the city's story.
Where did you choose to live, and why?
I chose to live 1.5 miles from Duke University Hospital. It is a great place to live, especially with my two dogs, that is only steps away from dozens of restaurants, bars, and shops in the 9th Street District. I am minutes away from the hospital, which minimizes my commute and maximizes my time off with family and friends. Plus, my wife and I are only minutes down Main Street from all that downtown Durham has to offer.
Based on your life, what advice would you give about moving to Durham?
Growing up in South Carolina, the move to Durham has reinforced a sense of familiarity with the hot summers, mild winters, and welcoming demeanor of the south. At the same time the cultural diversity and variety of ways to get involved in the community are refreshing and welcomed. Regardless of where you are coming from, you will find familiarity and new experiences in this melting pot in the south.
What do you like to do outside of medicine?
Outside of medicine I enjoy spending time with my wife relaxing on the lake, trying new vegan-friendly restaurants in the foodie scene of Durham, and exploring the beautiful areas surrounding Duke. I also love regularly hanging out with my co-residents at one of Durham's numerous breweries, bars, and restaurants.
Duke will provide you with world-class training in a congenial environment. Come here prepared to work hard, improve constantly, and make lifelong friends.