Silver Spring, MD
Where did you attend college/university?
University of Pennsylvania
Where did you attend medical school?
What additional degrees do you have and from what institution?
MPH, Columbia University
What are your career goals?
Patient care & clinical research
What did you do the summer before internship?
I visited friends in different cities (LA, Miami & NYC)
The strengths of the Duke program are definitely its clinical training, leadership, and research opportunities. Many of the senior residents I've interacted with can attest to the comfort they developed after training at Duke.
Reflections on the Duke program
What were you looking for in a residency program?
I was looking for strong clinical training, good camaraderie among the residents, ample research opportunities and faculty that would be great mentors for me.
What are the strengths of the Duke program?
The strengths of the Duke program are definitely its clinical training, leadership, and research opportunities. Many of the senior residents I've interacted with can attest to the comfort they developed after training at Duke. The program leadership starting from the chair of medicine is very invested in the residents. Also, there seem to be multiple databases and resources to answer any research question.
What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff?
The faculty enjoy working with the house staff and being able to impart their knowledge on them. They also come out to events after work. I probably first noticed this as a medical student, so wasn't surprised to see it as a resident.
About Duke University and Durham
What's best about living in Durham and the Triangle?
Durham is a growing city. We have new restaurants, bars, and apartment complexes that were probably gravel lots 4-5 years ago. Whenever I have family or friends in town, I take them to the one of the new trendy restaurants, the Duke Gardens or a rooftop bar. I think its a good representation of the the various things Durham has to offer.
Where did you choose to live, and why?
I chose to live in an almost high-end apartment complex close to school. I previously lived in a townhouse and a more basic apartment before. I just wanted a change of scene and I like the fact that Durham gave me the opportunity to experience all these things.
Based on your life, what advice would you give about moving to Durham?
You will need a car for two reasons. First, it's not a city you do a lot of walking in. Second and most important, there are so many new restaurants and opportunities( Jazz at Beyu and the Food Truck Rodeo to name a few) that you can completely miss if you aren't aware of them. I recommend doing some research on things to do in Durham, so that you can take full advantage of them.
Go with your gut. I know everyone says it and it sounds very subjective, but I think its a legitimate tool.