Claire Smith, MD

Start Year
2016

Basics

Hometown
Olympia, WA

Where did you attend college/university?
University of Washington

Where did you attend medical school?
Duke University School of Medicine

What are your career goals?
Oncology

What did you do in the summer before internship?
Traveled on a belated honeymoon to France and Portugal!

I had some sense from being a medical student at Duke that the relationships between faculty and house staff were great, but I really underestimated just how giving with their time the faculty are, especially when it furthers the education of residents. 

Reflections on the Duke program

What were you looking for in a residency program?
A training program where I would have access to learn about and practice all areas of internal medicine. It was also really important to me to feel a strong sense of community amongst the residents and program faculty.

What are the strengths of the Duke program?
Our amazing program director Dr. Zaas, who is easily the most empathetic individual I know and is the best advocate for her residents. Also, at Duke we have incredible access to the most recent clinical discoveries and practices - I don't feel like I am limited in the scope of what I see at all during residency. 

What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff?
I had some sense from being a medical student at Duke that the relationships between faculty and house staff were great, but I really underestimated just how giving with their time the faculty are, especially when it furthers the education of residents. 

About Duke University and Durham

What's best about living in Durham and the Triangle?
Durham has changed so much over the past four years! It's now become quite a destination for excellent dining out and drinks. We've also got two amazing state parks within a 15 minute drive - the Eno and Umstead - where I love to go running or hiking. 

Where did you choose to live, and why?
My husband and I bought a home four years ago in Hope Valley Farms - it's been a great area to live. Convenient to get to the hospital yet removed enough that I feel disconnected at the end of the day. It's also right next to an awesome running trail, the American Tobacco Trail and down the road from Southpoint mall. It's also halfway between UNC and Duke - which is handy for significant others who may work "down the road."