Cranston, Rhode Island
Where did you attend college/university?
Where did you attend medical school?
Jefferson Medical College
Reflections on the Duke program
What were you looking for in a residency program?
As someone interested in many different sub-specialties, I specifically wanted a residency program that would afford me the opportunity to gain strong training and exposure to all fields of medicine and pediatrics. Furthermore, I wanted a program in which the graduating residents pursued varied career paths, whether that be primary care, dual sub-speciality training in medicine and pediatrics, or single speciality training.
What are the strengths of the Duke program?
Duke's medicine-pediatrics program has a strong identity within the hospital, and is not mearly lost in the shuffle of the larger categoricals. Furthermore, the program is well-respected by faculty, and I have already interacted with many attendings who are med-peds trained amongst the speciality services.
What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff?
Thus far, my experiences have been very positive, and I have observed a great degree of collaboration amongst faculty and house staff.
What mentoring relationships have you formed with faculty?
I was fortunate to have an amazing experience during my first rotation as an intern, and learned a tremendous amount from my heme/onc attending, who I certainly now regard as a mentor. Furthermore, through consulting services, I have met sub-speciality med-peds trained attendings who have voluntarily and eagerly provided me with their contact information such that they can serve as a mentor.
What opportunities have become available to you during your time at Duke?
Opportunities to perform procedures even during my first week as an intern
About Duke University and Durham
What's best about living in Durham and the Triangle?
I'm not sure yet. It's certainly different than my experiences living in a big city, and to some extent, I miss the convenience/excitement of city-living. However, Durham is an easy place to live as a resident which is of incredible importance given our working hours.
What do you like to do outside of medicine?
Shopping, restaurants, travel