Where did you attend college/university?
University of Florida
Where did you attend medical school?
Florida State University
What are your career goals?
I am interested in GI, but I am still considering other specialties as well. I also have a passion for global health, and hope to incorporate it into my career regardless of the field I choose.
What did you do the summer before internship?
Visited family and friends around Florida. Spent as much time around the beach as I could.
Even one month in, I know I will graduate ready to take care of my patients.
Reflections on the Duke Program
What were you looking for in a residency program?
I was looking for a program that would help me tap into my full potential. I was about to embark on the most important years of my training, and I knew I needed to step out of my comfort zone to do that.
What are the strengths of the Duke program?
Duke lives up to its reputation. You have different sites that present you with different types of patient populations and pathology. Even one month in, I know I will graduate ready to take care of my patients.
What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff?
The faculty are very receptive to the opinions of the house staff. In patient care, house staff are viewed as important members of the team, and our input is valued even in our first year.
Tell us about your co-interns. How long did it take to connect?
We are all from different backgrounds and have had different experiences throughout our lives. However, we were able to connect even before residency officially started.
What has surprised you most about Duke?
The amount of autonomy you will have as an intern is unparalleled. However, there is also plenty of positive support from your upper levels to the attendings and the administration.
About Duke University and Durham
What's best about living in Durham and the Triangle?
A "small" city feel with a lot of big city options. Traffic is not much of an issue here. Cost of living is affordable when compared to the big cities, and the weather is a nice transition for those of us coming from southerner states like Florida.
How does the Triangle appeal to people of diverse backgrounds?
There is something for everyone here. I was surprised to see the amount of diversity in the triangle. The institutions nearby, attract people from all over the country and all over the world. Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill are within reasonable driving distance from each other, and each city has something different to offer.
Where did you choose to live, and why?
I chose to live about 10 minutes away from the hospital. Traffic is not much of an issue here, and I like living near grocery stores, and restaurants I can stop by for a quick bite after work.
Based on your life, what advice would you give about moving to Durham?
I had never heard of Durham before moving here. I had been living in Florida for the past 13 years of my life. Even though I am no longer as close to the beach as I had been in the past. The city still has plenty to offer, I have felt at home since the moment I arrived.
What do you like to do outside of medicine?
Trying out different restaurants, enjoying the weather either by the pool or BBQ, and going to the gym whenever I have time.
If you want top of the line training, in a supportive environment, at an affordable price, this is the place for you.