George Yankey, MD

Start Year
2015

Basics

Hometown
Accra, Ghana

Where did you attend college/university?
Case Western Reserve University

Where did you attend medical school?
Case Western Reserve University

What are your career goals?
I want to make an impact on healthcare in Ghana.

What did you do the summer before internship?
Spent time with family.

Obviously the caliber of the institution is a strength, but I think an even bigger strength is the people. Everyone is ready and willing to help each other. I have only been here for a few months but I already know that I have a family here and will for years to come.

Reflections on the Duke program

What were you looking for in a residency program?
I was looking for a place that was going to push me and take me to the next level in my career but at the same time I needed a place that could provide me the emotional and mental support that I know I will need throughout these years of rigorous training.

What are the strengths of the Duke program?
Obviously the caliber of the institution is a strength, but I think an even bigger strength is the people. Everyone is ready and willing to help each other. I have only been here for a few months but I already know that I have a family here and will for years to come.

What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff?
I think there is a mutual respect that exists between faculty and house staff and it is such a pleasure to see. I have worked with so many renowned physicians and their humility and their ability to see eye to eye with me is refreshing.

Tell us about your co-interns. How long did it take to connect?
I love my co-interns! Just through 3 days of orientation I connected with so many people and as the weeks are rolling by I am connecting with so many more.

About Duke University and Durham

What's best about living in Durham and the Triangle?
I really enjoy the variety you get from having 3 fairly distinct cities/towns close by (Durham, Raleigh, Chapel Hill). I also enjoy that this area has so many young professionals around from the variety of research companies, grad schools and healthcare professionals. I also love that everything you need is a short 15-20 drive away.

How does the Triangle appeal to people of diverse backgounds?
I think this area is just filled with people from all over the states as well as the world so there is a variety of cultures and mindsets just in this fairly small area.

Where did you choose to live, and why?
I live around the brier creek area. I chose it because it's quite a central location. It puts me 15 mins from Durham, 15 mins from Chapel Hil, 20 mins from Raleigh and 10 mins from the airport.

Based on your life, what advice would you give about moving to Durham?
I think you should come here not expecting a huge metropolis but still know that you can get enough city life if you so please.

What do you like to do outside of medicine?
I enjoy checking out the different restaurants and bars around here. I also enjoy a night out dancing, working out, or playing basketball/soccer whenever time allows.

Parting thoughts?
I think Duke is a phenomenal place to come train and cost of living here is absolutely great. I think I made the perfect choice coming here and if you so choose to come to Duke I think you will be making the same.