Austin Wesevich, MD, MPH


San Antonio, TX

Where did you attend college/university? 
Washington University in St. Louis

Where did you attend medical school? 
Washington University in St. Louis

What additional degrees do you have and from what institution? 
MPH, Washington University in St. Louis

What are your career goals? 
Global health

What did you do the summer before internship? 
Worked with low-resource, high-achieving high school students to prepare them to become first-generation college students

I have been surprised by the mixture of southern charm and academic excellence on a beautiful campus.

What were you looking for in a residency program? 
I was looking for a residency program where I could be myself and pursue my interests in research, global health, and medical education. I wanted to train at a place that would challenge me to grow in all three missions of academic medicine.

Reflections on the Duke Program

What are the strengths of the Duke program? 
Duke is a research-focused, academic institution with a strong commitment to global health and providing quality clinical care. Its national reputation attracts quality faculty, residents, and medical students to create a friendly and intellectual environment.

What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff? 
There is some formality in interactions that reinforces medical hierarchy, but overall the faculty are quite approachable, friendly, and welcoming. For example, my senior attending (full professor) would offer to write notes for me early in intern year to help me.

Tell us about your co-interns. How long did it take to connect? 
My co-interns have been amazingly friendly and inclusive. Most of us are from outside of Durham and North Carolina, so it was certainly an adaptation, but the community we have been able to form so quickly has been very helpful for this transition.

What has surprised you most about Duke? 
I have been surprised by the mixture of southern charm and academic excellence on a beautiful campus.

About Duke University and Durham

What's best about living in Durham and the Triangle? 
I am thoroughly enjoying being a homeowner. I never thought I would say that in my 20s, but it is a real treat of living in Durham.

How does the Triangle appeal to people of diverse backgrounds? 
Durham is much more diverse than I anticipated. I have neighbors of different ethnicities from different parts of the country, and I look forward to forming community within my neighborhood.

Based on your life, what advice would you give about moving to Durham? 
Buying is worth considering. Apartments in the downtown area may allow you to maintain an urban feel, but a mortgage is about the same price and gives you much more space with a minimal commute.

What do you like to do outside of medicine?
I was a music major in college and sang in an a cappella group, so I love all things music. I also enjoy competing in various sports when the opportunity presents itself.

Parting thoughts? 
Although Duke is in the South, it can appeal to students from across the country.