Erin Song, MD

Start Year
2019

Basics

Hometown
Irvine, CA

Where did you attend college/university?
Yale University

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

What are your career goals?
I have really enjoyed my time on general medicine rotations, as well as gastroenterology and oncology. Even though I'm still open minded and unsure about fellowship/career plans specifically, I am interested in academic medicine and medical education.

What did you do the summer before Intern year?
I traveled to five countries with family and friends!

What were you looking for in a residency program?
I wanted a community of hardworking, compassionate, and fun co-residents. I also wanted a strong academic program that could help me reach my career goals, while also prioritizing my well-being outside the hospital.

"Besides the excellent clinical training and opportunities for research, I really enjoy the community here. "Duke Family" is a huge reason why I chose to stay for residency after going to med school, and this includes co-residents, faculty, and the program leadership. I feel so well-supported, both in and out of the hospital."

-Erin Song 

Reflections on the Duke Program

What are the strengths of the Duke Program?
Besides the excellent clinical training and opportunities for research, I really enjoy the community here. "Duke Family" is a huge reason why I chose to stay for residency after going to med school, and this includes co-residents, faculty, and the program leadership. I feel so well-supported, both in and out of the hospital.

What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff?
The faculty here are so eager to teach. I have felt they truly care about my progress and have gotten helpful feedback after each rotation​.

Tell us about your co-interns. What has helped you connect, support each other, and form friendships?
The intern class bonded very quickly! In just over a month, we have already explored many restaurants, been to concerts, gone on hikes, attended baseball games, visited the beach, and more.

What has surprised you most about Duke?
Even though everyone here is so accomplished, I have found that the faculty is still so down to earth and approachable. I've had many instances where I've asked for help and found everyone to be willing to pitch in and help or answer questions, no matter how big or small the problem.

About Duke University and Durham

What is the best thing about living in Durham and the Triangle?
Being from California, I didn't think that I would want to stay here permanently when I first moved to NC/Durham for med school. Fast forward four years, I honestly consider Durham my home and I'm so happy to be living here. Even though it is a smaller city, I think it helps foster the sense of community between residents as we are always hanging out together. There is always more than enough to do, with new restaurants and breweries opening all the time, food festivals, and concerts. When I have time, I also enjoy going to Asheville or the beach.

How does the Triangle appeal to people of diverse backgrounds?
People come from all over the country (and world) to work at the local universities and Research Triangle Park. As a tertiary referral center, Duke sees a lot of rare diagnoses but also due to our location, we get to work with a lot of rural and underserved patients with diverse backgrounds which is rewarding.

Where did you choose to live and why?
I chose to live in a house in East Durham. I had lived across from the hospital as a med student, and wanted a little more separation from work as a resident. I'm a quick 15 minute drive away from the hospital now, and 10 from downtown.

What advice would you give to someone looking to move to Durham?
Being from California, the housing options are so affordable here! You can choose to live in a brand new apartment or rent/buy houses based on your preferences.

What are your interests outside of medicine?
I love trying new restaurants. Some local favorites include M Sushi, Mateo, and Gonza Tacos. The warm weather here most of the year also makes it easy to enjoy time outdoors (pool, beach, hikes, outside restaurants/breweries).