Cindy Pabon, MD

Start Year
2018

Basics

Hometown
Miami, FL

College/University
University of Florida

Medical School
University of Florida

What are your career goals? 
I'm still undecided about fellowship. My main goal is to find a field where I can also integrate my passions for academic medicine, healthcare disparities in society and global health.

What did you do the summer before internship? 
I enjoyed the beautiful Florida sunshine, beaches, and bike trails while also spending quality time with my family and friends.

The faculty are very welcoming and supportive, taking their time to get to know the residents and helping them find the right resources/mentors to pursue their career goals. Overall, everyone at Duke is very motivated to collaborate and learn from one another, which helps shape a truly fulfilling day at work.

Cindy Pabon

Reflections on the Duke Program

What were you looking for in a residency program? 
I was searching for a clinically challenging environment with a breadth of rotations and experiences to prepare me for life after residency. I was also hoping to find a supportive, family-friendly program where life and work balance was valued.

What are the strengths of the Duke program? 
The sense of community is what originally attracted me to Duke. I’m excited for the opportunity to learn from my patients and colleagues and hope to explore the unique healthcare needs of the Spanish-speaking and migrant farmworker populations in NC. 

What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff?
The faculty are very welcoming and supportive, taking their time to get to know the residents and helping them find the right resources/mentors to pursue their career goals. Overall, everyone at Duke is very motivated to collaborate and learn from one another, which helps shape a truly fulfilling day at work.

Tell us about your co-interns. How long did it take to connect? 
A couple days after the match, we were already group texting and sharing posts with one another on facebook. By the time internship started, we were all caught up on each other's travels, major life events and hobbies, making it feel like a big family reunion since day one!

What has surprised you most about Duke? 
During my initial search for residency programs, I was convinced that I'd be moving to a big city so I could continue caring for the latino patient population. Duke and the RTP area have surprised me by the level of diversity in our patient demographics and the resources available for underserved communities. I was excited to learn about Duke's Health Disparities Consortium and am hopeful that it's the beginning of a greater initiative towards addressing social determinants of health as well as fostering a diverse and inclusive environment in medicine.

About Duke University and Durham

What's best about living in Durham and the Triangle? 
The proximity to nature! Being steps away from trails and just a couple hours from the mountains makes Durham the perfect location for winding down on your days off.

Where did you choose to live, and why? 
I was excited at the idea of building some equity and finally having my own home after renting apartments throughout undergrad and med school! The cost of living in NC is totally reasonable--my husband and I were able to find a home in Hope Valley Farms, just 12 min away from the hospital, with a yard big enough for our dog and space for family to come visit.

What do you like to do outside of medicine? 
While not at work I enjoy riding my bike, running with my dog, trying out new recipes, cheering on the Florida Gators, and spending time with my family.

Parting thoughts? 
Choosing where to go for residency can be a very tricky thing! I hope this site helps you reflect on whether Duke is right for you. If you're still unsure, please feel free to reach out to me.