Eric Wei, MD

Start Year
2017

Basics 

Hometown
Cincinnati, Ohio

Where did you attend college/university? 
Columbia University

Where did you attend medical school? 
Duke University School of Medicine

What additional degrees do you have and from what institution? 
PhD, Duke Graduate School

What are your career goals? 
Physician-scientist specializing in the care of patients with cardiovascular disease.

What did you do the summer before internship? 
I traveled to China with my wife, visiting Jiuzhai Valley National Park, where wild pandas roam.

In addition to the fantastic infrastructure and opportunities for research, Duke's greatest strength is its people - the amazing residents, fellows, faculty, nurses, and staff that you work alongside and learn from every day. 

Reflections on the Duke Program

What were you looking for in a residency program? 
I was looking for an intensive training program that would prepare me with the competency to partner with my patients and help them make informed decisions regarding their health. Recognizing that scientific and medical breakthroughs require coordination and collaboration, I was also seeking a training environment that promotes the free exchange of ideas, challenges trainees to continually ask questions in the clinic, and provides opportunities to investigate solutions in the lab.

What are the strengths of the Duke program? 
In addition to the fantastic infrastructure and opportunities for research, Duke's greatest strength is its people - the amazing residents, fellows, faculty, nurses, and staff that you work alongside and learn from every day. 

What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff? 
The faculty are extremely approachable and dedicated to house staff training. In addition, they also care deeply about trainees as people. They take the time to mentor residents not just in career development but also ensure their well-being outside the hospital. 

Tell us about your co-interns. How long did it take to connect? 
My co-interns are not only accomplished individuals but also incredibly humble and easy-going. We connected almost immediately after the match through the magic of GroupMe. 

About Duke University and Durham

What's best about living in Durham and the Triangle? 
The best part about living in Durham is its accessibility to Chapel Hill, Raleigh, and the Research Triangle Park. There are tons of things to do and places to explore. Durham's location in central North Carolina means the mountains and beaches are only a 2-3 hour drive away in either direction, perfect for a weekend getaway.

How does the Triangle appeal to people of diverse backgrounds? 
There is something for everyone here. If you are a foodie, Durham and Chapel Hill have amazing restaurants. If you are into Broadway shows, the Durham Performing Arts Center has shows all year long. With a bit of exploration, you will find what you need and more. 

Where did you choose to live, and why? 
I live near the Research Triangle Park, which is only about 15 min away from Duke. The cost of living is very affordable in this region, and many residents are able to purchase a single-family home or townhouse.

Based on your life, what advice would you give about moving to Durham? 
You will need to have a car to get around the Triangle, as the public transportation is limited. 

What do you like to do outside of medicine? 
I enjoy hiking with my wife and playing tennis with friends. I also enjoy photographing the great outdoors. Each year, I try to make a trip to the Blue Ridge Parkway/Smoky Mountains to catch the fall foliage.