Where did you attend college/university?
Mississippi State University
Where did you attend medical school?
The University of Tennessee
Other Education and Training
Master of Science - Mississippi College
What are your career goals?
I am interested in cardiology and possibly academic medicine.
What did you do the summer before internship?
My wife and I bought a house in Durham. Then we celebrated by going to Disney World!
The Triangle is a breadth of diversity. With 3 large universities in the area, it draws people from all different backgrounds and cultures.
Reflections on the Duke Program
What were you looking for in a residency program?
I was looking for a program that would provide me with a diverse clinical training along with top notch academics and mentorship. I was looking for a program that was located in a great area that was affordable for my wife and I to live and start a family.
What are the strengths of the Duke program?
The amount of talented individuals that you are able to learn from daily, that are all down to earth and over zealous to teach. Duke patients are very complex and great cases to learn how to be a great doctor. The program leadership has been beyond supportive and my co-residents are all wonderful people.
What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff?
The faculty give the house staff enough autonomy to learn, while still being present enough to never make us feel alone. It is a great balance for learning to be a good clinician.
Tell us about your co-interns. How long did it take to connect?
Not long at all. Everyone has been so outgoing and fun to be around. My wife and I have connected within the first week with a great majority of my co-interns.
What has surprised you most about Duke?
How down to earth everyone has been. Duke is a top ranked program, and everyone here are elite clinicians. They go over and beyond to help you learn medicine from day one.
About Duke University and Durham
What's best about living in Durham and the Triangle?
There are a lot of great restaurants, bars, and outdoor things to do in the area. I like that Raleigh is close enough to explore a larger city on golden weekends!
How does the Triangle appeal to people of diverse backgrounds?
The Triangle is a breadth of diversity. With 3 large universities in the area, it draws people from all different backgrounds and cultures. The events and restaurants are very reflective of the diversity in the area.
Where did you choose to live, and why?
I chose to live southeast part of Durham in a subdivision near Brier Creek. My wife is in medical sales and all of her job opportunities were in Raleigh. This location for us was perfect because it takes me 15 minutes to drive to the hospital and 20 minutes for her to drive to Raleigh.
Based on your life, what advice would you give about moving to Durham?
Durham is an easy city to navigate around in. I would not limit yourself to only living near the hospital. The drive in to work is not bad, and the city is spread out that you will end up driving to explore things a lot! With Raleigh and RTP close by, it was very easy for my wife to find a job in the area as well!
What do you like to do outside of medicine?
I enjoy playing sports and attending sporting events, lake time, playing music, binge watching television shows with my wife on rainy days, and trying new restaurants.
Choosing to go to Duke has been the best decision my wife and I have made. Its a wonderful place to train and a beautiful area to live in.