Fouad Chouairi, MD

Start Year
2021

Basics

Hometown
Cornwall, New York

Where did you attend college/university?
Cornell University

Where did you attend medical school?
Yale School of Medicine

What are your career goals?
I would like to have a career where I can practice clinical medicine while contributing to the advancement of my field through clinical research. I would like to be both an expert clinician and a productive innovator in my field.

"I think the triangle has something for everyone from food, to friend groups, to cultural activities. As a Northerner, the transition has been incredibly smooth and I’ve found my niche here."

-Fouad Chouairi

Reflections on the Duke Program

What were you looking for in a residency program?
I was looking for a program with a great support structure and “family” as well as one that emphasizes resident autonomy and learning.

What are the strengths of the Duke Program?
The Duke family is the greatest strength. This is truly a supportive and positive work environment as a result.

Tell us about your co-interns. What has helped you connect, support each other, and form friendships?
I think all my co interns are incredibly intelligent and hard working people but before all of that they are incredibly humble. I think that because they’re so humble and down-to-earth it has been easy to make friends.

What has surprised you most about Duke?
How awesome Durham is. Durham is definitely one of my favorite cities I have ever lived in.

About Duke University and Durham​

What is the best thing about living in Durham and the Triangle?
I think Durham and the triangle strikes a resounding balance between being a sizable city while still having some small town and nature vibes. It’s a perfect place to live as person in his mid twenties.

How does the Triangle appeal to people of diverse backgrounds?
I think the triangle has something for everyone from food, to friend groups, to cultural activities. As a Northerner, the transition has been incredibly smooth and I’ve found my niche here.

Where did you choose to live and why?
I chose to live in Brightleaf downtown because it is perfectly centered between the fun activities of downtown, the practicality of 9th street, and the hospital complex.

What advice would you give to someone looking to move to Durham?
If you're from the North like me, be prepared for the sun. It is pretty hot and incredibly sunny in comparison.

What are your interests outside of medicine?
Piano, Guitar, Cycling, Soccer, Electronic Music