Elizabeth Gilbert, MD

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Portland, Oregon 

Where did you attend college/university and medical school?
I completed an 8 year program at Brown University called the Program in Liberal Medical Education, which combines undergraduate education and medical school into a single 8 year program. The program is structured to allow students to take advantage of a liberal arts education and pursue varied interests. I majored in Middle East Studies and Religious Studies.

What did you do, or where did you go, next?
After college, I took a year off and worked in Oregon for a global health non-profit, and spent my free time hiking around the Cascades and in the Columbia Gorge. I then returned to Brown for medical school. 

What are your career goals?
I am interested in consultation liaison psychiatry, hospital medicine, and adaptation of psychotherapy techniques for use with medically ill patients.

What is something interesting/surprising about you?
I lived in Hong Kong and Singapore growing up (grade 4 through end of High School). 

Reflections on the Duke Program

What are the strengths of the Duke program?
I have enjoyed the opportunity to work in a diverse variety of settings including a major academic medical center, the VA, a community hospital, and community clinics such as the Lincoln Clinic. There are many research opportunities here at Duke and the faculty are very engaged and supportive. The other residents are wonderful.

About Duke University and Durham

What's best about living in Durham and the Triangle?
Durham has great restaurants, it’s close to great walking and hiking (ex Eno State Park) and the cost of living is low. It's also a quick drive to Raleigh, Cary and Chapel Hill, all of which have a different feel, and more great restaurants. 

What do you like to do outside of medicine?
I love hiking, baking (especially bread), listening to music, and traveling.