Where did you attend college/university?
University of Miami
Where did you attend medical school?
University of Virginia School of Medicine
What are your career goals?
I aspire to a career in academic internal medicine that combines clinical care, teaching, and mentoring with public health engagement. I have a growing interest in navigating the intersection between internal medicine and women’s health.
What did you do the summer before intern year?
I lived with a host family in Santa Cruz, Bolivia before moving to Durham. I wanted to have a few weeks to adjust to life in Durham before the start of intern year.
"Duke combines a strong educational emphasis with a supportive culture where we care for and about each other. I work with faculty who have helped me know that this is a safe place to train, learn, and grow."
Reflections on the Duke Program
What were you looking for in a residency program?
I was looking for a program with a supportive environment comprised of a diverse body of house-staff and faculty where I would learn with a balance of graduated autonomy and support from experts in their respective fields.
What are the strengths of the Duke Program?
Duke combines a strong educational emphasis with a supportive culture where we care for and about each other. I work with faculty who have helped me know that this is a safe place to train, learn, and grow.
What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff?
The faculty care about both the overall wellbeing and the long term career development and of the residents.
Tell us about your co-interns. What has helped you connect, support each other, and form friendships?
My co-interns are amazing! I could not have chosen a more humble, caring, down-to-earth cohort. We get together a good amount and it’s great to be able to share experiences with people who understand the unique challenges of residency. When we aren’t together in person, we also have GroupMe for planning get-togethers or just answering questions so we can figure intern year out together.
What has surprised you most about Duke?
Sometimes the challenge with choosing a residency program is not knowing who your co-interns will be. From my experiences on interview day and the residents I knew who went to Duke, I had a general sense that I liked the culture of the program. I had no idea that I would end up connecting so well with my co-interns in such a short time.
About Duke University and Durham
What is the best thing about living in Durham and the Triangle?
The Triangle combines southern hospitality and diversity. I love that there are people from a wide range ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds and I value how the infrastructure of the area allows you to spend time with friends in Durham, Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Cary or the surrounding areas.
How does the Triangle appeal to people of diverse backgrounds?
The Triangle has a lot to offer in the way of jobs, social events, and weather. Because there are so many different types of people thriving here, people of diverse backgrounds are able to meet others who understand them and with whom they can share experiences.
Where did you choose to live and why?
I chose to live about 10 minutes north of Duke. I wanted to be a short drive from the hospital and my continuity clinic while still living in a community where I could make friends, go running, and enjoy the warm weather.
What advice would you give to someone looking to move to Durham?
Life comes in seasons and it’s more than worth it to spend at least one season of your life living in Durham or the Triangle at large. Of all the places I have lived, Durham is the best combination of community, diversity, social outings, and ease of commuting.
What are your interests outside of medicine?
I love getting together with friends, going running, spending time with the awesome church family I found here, and enjoying the mostly warm weather.