Where did you attend college/university?
The Ohio State University
Where did you attend medical school?
The Ohio State University
What are your career goals?
I intend to pursue a career in academic hematology/oncology and would like to pursue opportunities in clinical research and medical education.
What did you do the summer before internship?
I went on several domestic trips with different groups of friends and family.
From the program leadership, faculty, support staff, and co-residents, everyone has helped to facilitate my learning, career goals, and personal well-being. Every program highlights camaraderie as a strength, but Duke truly feels like a family.
Reflections on the Duke Program
What were you looking for in a residency program?
I was looking for a program where I would be surrounded by incredibly talented and motivated residents and faculty that would challenge me to get better every day. Most importantly, I was looking for a personality fit and a place where people took pride in their work, but had fun doing it. I was also looking for a program with excellent clinical training in a variety of settings.
What are the strengths of the Duke program?
Legendary football coach Woody Hayes said, "You win with people." Nothing could be more true regarding Duke internal medicine. From the program leadership, faculty, support staff, and co-residents, everyone has helped to facilitate my learning, career goals, and personal well-being. Every program highlights camaraderie as a strength, but Duke truly feels like a family.
What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff?
All of my personal experiences and witnessed faculty/house staff relations have been positive. Attending physicians are truly engaged in the training of house staff and treat residents with great respect while taking a team approach to patient care. It has been really cool to see how faculty engages with the house staff outside of the clinical environment, which highlights the relationships developed during your training.
Tell us about your co-interns. How long did it take to connect?
Our intern class connected long before the first day of orientation, and we had several social gatherings that allowed us to get to know each other prior to starting. I'm constantly amazed by their accomplishments, sense of humor, compassion, and humility. I genuinely enjoy spending time with them both at work and outside of work.
About Duke University and Durham
What's best about living in Durham and the Triangle?
Coming from the Midwest, the climate is definitely an upgrade. I really like the small city vibe, as their is plenty to do in Durham and the surrounding areas (Chapel Hill, Raleigh), but it is also really easy to get around. Living in Durham, you are also close enough to enjoy weekend getaways to the beaches or mountains.
Where did you choose to live, and why?
I chose to live in an apartment complex in downtown Durham. It is a very convenient location, as it takes less than 10 minutes to drive to work and is within walking distance of many of the restaurants and bars that residents like to gather at.
Based on your life, what advice would you give about moving to Durham?
Durham is definitely a smaller city, which makes commuting much easier than many other cities. While I personally live downtown, I know many people who live within a 15-20 minute commute. Thus, it is easy to find whatever type of living situation you desire (house, town home, apartment) in either an urban or suburban environment.
What do you like to do outside of medicine?
I'm a huge sports enthusiast who loves playing and watching almost any sport. I also enjoy exercise, cooking, reading, and exploring local restaurants and craft breweries. I would give the North Carolina craft beer scene a very positive review!
Feel free to reach out to any of the current residents with questions!