Chester Kao, MD

Start Year
2018

Basics

Hometown
Rochester Hills, MI

College/University
University of Michigan

Medical School
University of Chicago

What additional degrees do you have and from what institution? 
Masters in Biomedical Engineering from University of Michigan

What are your career goals? 
Hematology/Oncology

What did you do the summer before internship?
Campervan trip across South Island New Zealand

The Duke Family motto is really embraced by faculty and housestaff. I'm so happy that I chose to come to Duke because the Duke atmosphere promotes personal/professional growth while maintaining well being. 

Chester Kao

Reflections on the Duke Program

What were you looking for in a residency program?
When I was interviewing, I was looking for a program that had the flexibility to allow its residents growth in a multitude of directions, an environment that promoted excellence, and a spirit of community like I had in the Midwest.

What are the strengths of the Duke program?
Strong research presence with exposure to top leaders in various fields, Duke Family environment, and incredible support from the residency and hospital staff

What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff? 
The faculty has been incredibly supportive of the house staff, and they make teaching a priority in any rotation. I have been struck by how much the faculty is willing to help the house staff and balancing autonomy with support.

Tell us about your co-interns. How long did it take to connect?
My co-interns are a great bunch of people from all across the country. A few of the class started up a group chat, and people were already connected before the year started. The info from other interns made the move to North Carolina that much easier. 

What has surprised you most about Duke?
The Duke Family motto is really embraced by faculty and housestaff. I'm so happy that I chose to come to Duke because the Duke atmosphere promotes personal/professional growth while maintaining well being. 

About Duke University and Durham

What's best about living in Durham and the Triangle? 
I really enjoy the amount of green space around the area. I love hiking, biking, and running, and the Triangle area offers plenty of options. In addition, if I need something more challenging, there are a number of state parks and national parks within a few hours. 

Where did you choose to live, and why? 
I chose to live around 4 miles Southeast of the hospital near the AMC Durham. I chose this area because of the sidewalks for running and the amount of shopping and food options nearby, making it easy to quickly complete grocery shopping or other tasks.

Based on your life, what advice would you give about moving to Durham? 
If you are used to walking and lots of sidewalks, outside of downtown Durham there aren't a lot of options to bike or walk around. You will definitely need a car. This was a bit jarring since I was so used to walking around everywhere in the city.

What do you like to do outside of medicine? 
Running, hiking, biking, video games, and drawing