University of Mary Washington
Jefferson Medical College
What are your career goals?
What did you do the summer before internship?
Backpacked around Canada, relaxed by the water as much as possible and spent time with family.
Duke 100% sold me on the program during the interview day and it’s been infinitely better than I could have ever hoped. Every single day I am amazed at how brilliant, kind and altruistic the residents, fellows and attending physicians are.
Reflections on the Duke Program
What were you looking for in a residency program?
My ideal residency program needed to demonstrate the ability to train a master clinician while simultaneously emphasizing humanity and humility. I was looking for a program that challenged me. I knew I was at the right place when the resident I was sitting next to at lunch started giving me genuine career and life advice. His impact was so profound it helped shape my future academic goals.
What are the strengths of the Duke program?
One of the most obvious strengths of the program is the fact that they have managed to deliver a rigorous clinical curriculum in a truly supportive package. The true strength, however, is the people. Every single individual offers endless lessons. Whether it is because of something they have done, are currently doing or hope to accomplish in the future. Duke IM has managed to create a uniquely cerebral environment that inspires me on a daily basis.
What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff?
I am blown away every single day! Along the interview trail everyone talks about how well people get along within their program. Well at Duke this is true not only among residents but with faculty. Faculty and house staff form powerful bonds through a shared passion for patient care. Visit Duke and you'll hear the term "Duke Family". That's exactly what we are. A supporting, encouraging and fun family!
Tell us about your co-interns. How long did it take to connect?
Minutes! Residency has truly been made so much more special because of my co-interns. I'm constantly humbled by the accomplishments of my peers. People are kind, interesting and most importantly down to earth. Residency is also unique because you end up having many things in common with your classmates. I've already made so many amazing friendships. After all, we all chose to train in Internal Medicine at Duke!
What has surprised you most about Duke?
I have been surprised by the whole experience! Duke 100% sold me on the program during the interview day and it's been infinitely better than I could have ever hoped. Every single day I am amazed at how brilliant, kind and altruistic the residents, fellows and attending physicians are.
About Duke University and Durham
What's best about living in Durham and the Triangle?
It's affordable and there is no traffic! There are tons of great restaurants and breweries. Also, tons of day trips. You've got Chapel Hill, Cary and Raleigh all between 15-40 mins from Durham. A bit further and you're in Asheville and the Smoky Mountains to the west in approximately 3 hours. To the east you're at the beach in a bit over 2 hours! Last but not least you're close to nature and able to have a backyard!
How does the Triangle appeal to people of diverse backgrounds?
The triangle has proven to be culturally and ethnically diverse! Visit downtown on a Friday night and you’ll see. Walk a few blocks and you’re bound to stumble upon a blue grass concert, an impromptu African drum circle, a rock concert, a rap battle and a jazz band. To me, this encompasses the vibe I’ve felt in Durham.
Where did you choose to live, and why?
I love living here! It was important for my girlfriend and I to be able to live in a house and have a big backyard for our coonhound to have his fill of smells. We live about 8 mins from the hospital and it’s been fantastic. We have a neighborhood feel but are minutes from the excitement downtown. I firmly believe you mind find an area in Durham to suit any lifestyle.
Based on your life, what advice would you give about moving to Durham?
If coming from far away try and dedicate a long weekend to the search for an apartment or house. The market is actually very active down here and places come and go daily. This goes both for the rental and general real estate market.
What do you like to do outside of medicine?
Run, hike, cook and listen to live music!
It’s true what they say about the “gut feeling”. Understand what is important to you and select a program that shares those values. If becoming a master within your field is one of those values, then Duke is the place for you.