Daphne Xiao, MD

Start Year
2017

Basics

Hometown
Boxborough, MA

Where did you attend college/university?
Harvard

Where did you attend medical school?
Washington University in St. Louis

What are your career goals?
Heme/onc

What did you do the summer before internship?
Got married, went to Cape Cod and Hawaii

Duke makes the transition easy because you are surrounded by such enthusiastic, warm, funny, and supportive people at ALL levels including staff/co-residents/senior residents/faculty.

Reflections on the Duke program

What were you looking for in a residency program?
The people and environment! Our program director and leadership! I think they do a great job of creating great intern classes year after year.

What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff?
Very collegial and respectful. I think the faculty are very good at balancing when to provide more support and when to allow residents (especially senior residents) exercise their independence. All have been very focused on teaching.

Tell us about your co-interns. How long did it take to connect?
Like two seconds. We all connected via a massive group-chat/text prior to moving to Durham and it has been awesome ever since!

What has surprised you most about Duke?
How easy the transition has been. I was worried about moving to a city where I had no connections, to a brand new hospital system, starting such a scary/exciting stage of my life. Duke makes the transition easy because you are surrounded by such enthusiastic, warm, funny, and supportive people at ALL levels including staff/co residents/senior residents/faculty.

About Duke University and Durham

What's best about living in Durham and the Triangle?
Cost of living! Minimal traffic (at least during the hours of a resident!). There are a lot of restaurants, bakeries, bars as well as parks/trails nearby. Not really many good Asian restaurants in Durham unfortunately...but there is a large asian grocery store (Li Ming's) close by.

How does the Triangle appeal to people of diverse backgrounds?
I think the Triangle is quite geographically diverse, with people moving here from all over the country. It has a pretty booming health as well as tech industry, and is definitely a place of growth and change.

Where did you choose to live, and why?
Cost $$ and convenience. I live about two miles south of the hospital. The area I live in is relatively safe, although there is petty burglary (as is common in any city) so be smart about leaving things in your car (as in, don't!!).

What do you like to do outside of medicine?
Volleyball, painting, having friends over