Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at University at Buffalo
What did you do the summer before internship?
I spent time with my friends, traveled, and indulged my inner foodie!
The exposure to invested educators - while on service and in clinic - has been unparalleled. It is clear that everyone has our best interest in mind and wants us to become the best clinicians we can be!
Reflections on the Duke Program
What were you looking for in a residency program?
When looking at residency programs it meant a lot for me to feel that the Med-Peds residents were seamlessly integrated into strong categorical programs on both sides while also maintaining a unique identity through a combined clinic. I was also looking for a place where I could foster my various interests in areas including advocacy and global health and where I would be supported by a true Med-Peds family.
What are the strengths of the Duke program?
The people are definitely what make Duke such a wonderful place to train - from co-residents that support you to faculty members that are always eager to teach, guide, and encourage you to continually grow as a provider. I also think that the exposure to invested educators - while on service and in clinic - has been unparalleled. It is clear that everyone has our best interest in mind and wants us to become the best clinicians we can be!
What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff?
They are great! Residents and faculty engage in meaningful discussions and teaching throughout the day and it is clear that our thoughts and opinions matter. We are always treated as valued members of the team.
Tell us about your co-interns. How long did it take to connect?
We bonded quickly and they have definitely been an amazing support system so far. We are also lucky enough to have great co-interns on both Pediatrics and Medicine! We all hang out often and have become fast friends.
About Duke University and Durham
What's best about living in Durham and the Triangle?
The food and ability to do tons of outdoor activities has been great. There are no shortages of hiking trails or ice cream spots to reward yourself with afterwards! I have also loved the the live outdoor music and bustling farmers markets downtown!
Based on your life, what advice would you give about moving to Durham?
Figure out which part of Durham you would like to live in and spend a few days in the area before committing to a location. There are so many different and wonderful places to live from Downtown to Ninth Street and each one has a slightly different vibe - find which one suits you best!
What do you like to do outside of medicine?
I enjoy cooking, live music, hiking, spending time with my friends, and trying new restaurants.