Ashley Naughton, MD

Start Year
2015

Basics

Hometown
Reno, NV

Where did you attend college/university?
University of Nevada, Reno

Where did you attend medical school?
University of Nevada School of Medicine

Duke has an extremely strong and innovative medical community but is also extremely supportive, welcoming, and well rounded. There is a myriad of clinical and basic science research projects for those interested and even more amazing clinical faculty that love teaching and working with residents.

Reflections on the Duke program

What were you looking for in a residency program?
I was looking for a residency program that was equally strong in medicine and pediatrics, strong Med-Peds presence and faculty base, and a supportive fun group of residents. I was looking for a program that would offer a multitude of clinical and research opportunities and a medical setting that would allow me to see both the bread and butter and the rare or never before seen.

What are the strengths of the Duke program?
Duke has an extremely strong and innovative medical community but is also extremely supportive, welcoming, and well rounded. There is a myriad of clinical and basic science research projects for those interested and even more amazing clinical faculty that love teaching and working with residents.

What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff?
I first remember attending rounds at Duke during my interview and thinking how supportive, relaxed, and positive the faculty and residents were conversing about the patients and the day's events. As a resident I can say that attitude has continued on all the rotations I have gone through thus far. The faculty are enthusiastic about working with and teaching residents everything from medical management to bedside physical exam findings.

What mentoring relationships have you formed with faculty?
I started forming mentors at Duke the day I interviewed, not only with my program director and associate program director but with other faculty interviewers.

About Duke University and Durham

What's best about living in Durham and the Triangle?
I love the size of Durham! It's big enough that there is always something fun to do and somewhere yummy to eat, but small enough that commuting and driving around the city are a breeze. Also everyone is extremely friendly in Durham, which made the transition much easier moving far away from home.

What do you like to do outside of medicine?
On the weekends, I like to play tennis, as well as run/bike around the city with my husband or meet up with friends at a local brewery. If I have more than a weekend, my husband and I love road trips. We had a blast driving across the country on our way to our new home in Durham, N.C.!