Eric Powers, MD

Start Year


Cary, NC

UNC Chapel Hill

Medical School
UNC Chapel Hill

What are your career goals?
Malignant Hematology - I am interested in taking care of patients with serious illnesses and I am fascinated by the extensive use of genetic and molecular markers in both the diagnosis and treatment of hematologic malignancies..

What did you do the summer before internship? 
I went traveling around the states including camping in Napa Valley. I also spent time with family and friends. And most importantly, raised my dog.

Reflections on the Duke Program

What were you looking for in a residency program? 
A program where I would have access to a wide range of clinical and research opportunities, as well as be challenged, though not overburdened, by the work.

What are the strengths of the Duke program? 
The breadth of learning opportunities and exposure to the full gamut of internal medicine disciplines and practice settings. Also, the research opportunities and emphasis on resident wellness here are top-notch.

What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff? 
The faculty does a great job of balancing our autonomy in patient care while recognizing that we are also here to learn and giving us assistance so we are not overburdened. Many of the attendings I have worked with have been interested in me as a person and my interests, making me feel more apart of a larger family here at Duke.

Tell us about your co-interns. How long did it take to connect? 
I have been so impressed by how down-to-earth and friendly my classmates are, especially given how intelligent and accomplished they are. It was easy to form friendships from the first day of orientation and the residents are always organizing meet-ups and events outside of work.

What has surprised you most about Duke? 
All of the resources and support available to residents. So many people are interested in how I am doing and my progress as a clinician, which is clearly a common theme of the Duke program.

About Duke University and Durham

What's best about living in Durham and the Triangle? 
Living in the middle of the Triangle, being in Durham affords easy access to all parts of the Triangle, which has grown rapidly to have a large number of great parks, hiking trails, restaurants, breweries, and events.

How does the Triangle appeal to people of diverse backgrounds?
The Triangle has grown a lot over the past couple decades and has attracted people from all over the US and the world due to the large number of biotech companies in RTP and the three large research universities.