Christopher Zheng, MD

Start Year
2018

Basics

Hometown
Doylestown, PA

​College/University
Cornell University

Medical School
Ohio State University

What are your career goals?
I am very interested in a career in clinical Heme/Onc, with a focus in adult survivors of childhood cancers, especially those of malignant hematologic diseases.

What did you do the summer before internship? 
I had the opportunity to travel, first to Zimbabwe and South Africa, then Italy, lastly China.

Reflections on the Duke Program

What were you looking for in a residency program? 
I was hoping to find a place with strong individual medicine and pediatric programs, well established Med-Peds presence, and a renowned cancer center.

What are the strengths of the Duke program? 
The people here, both the residents and teaching staff, are definitely one of the main strength of the Duke program. The residents are incredibly intelligent and helpful, while the teaching staff have been excellent in their own right.

What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff? 
The relationship is very cordial, with the faculty allowing the house staff opportunity to practice their own clinical judgement, and offering back up when appropriate..

Tell us about your co-interns. How long did it take to connect? 
Me and my Med-Peds interns connected early on, during our pre-orientation life support training classes. We have since been a consistent source of morale support for each other.

What has surprised you most about Duke? 
The attention and actual effort made by the residency directors regarding personal physical and mental well-being is definitely notable and appreciated.

About Duke University and Durham

What's best about living in Durham and the Triangle? 
There is a large variety of restaurants in and around the Durham area, and there is also a wide availability of hikes/trails within 15 to 20 minute drive of the city.

How does the Triangle appeal to people of diverse backgrounds?
The Triangle area has multiple top-notch universities, along with several large health systems as well as tech companies. There is a lot of young professionals in the area.

Where did you choose to live, and why?
I am living off the main highway linking Durham and Chapel Hill, which is a direct drive to Duke Hospital, and offers me the flexibility to explore both communities.

Based on your life, what advice would you give about moving to Durham?
Expect to have to drive. This is a more suburban environment, where there is not much traffic (if at all), but the downside is everything is a bit more spread out, all within 15 minute drive of Durham itself.

What do you like to do outside of medicine?
Cooking, working out, hiking, wine tasting.