Godefroy Chery, MD

Start Year
2017

Basics

Hometown
Haiti and Winter Haven, FL

Where did you attend college/university? 
Johns Hopkins University 

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

What additional degrees do you have and from what institution? 
Master of Health Sciences in Clinical Research, Duke University School of Medicine

What are your career goals? 
I would like to become a transplant immunologist. Throughout my undergraduate studies, I’ve found immunology to be very fascinating. To be able to study immunology in the setting of a transplanted organ would be even more attractive, and of course challe

What did you do the summer before internship? 
I spent the summer before internship traveling to various states visiting relatives and going to Amsterdam and Paris with my best friend from college.

For me, the ability to have a broad exposure to medicine including transplants while learning from and interacting with world-class faculty everyday is what makes Duke a great program. 

Reflections on the Duke Program

What were you looking for in a residency program? 
I was looking for a supportive and yet challenging environment, one that would allow me to grow daily and become the best version of myself. Duke offers just what I was looking for in residency program. 

What are the strengths of the Duke program? 
Duke is an incredible place with various opportunities to do what you love in healthcare while forging a special niche of focus within medicine as your career matures. For me, the ability to have a broad exposure to medicine including transplants while learning from and interacting with world-class faculty everyday is what makes Duke a great program. Additionally, the constant support from colleagues and the leadership program amazes me everyday. 

What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff? 
Thus far, I have seen caring and supportive relationships where the faculty is dedicated to the teaching of the house staff. The faculty seems to care about the well being of the house staff, and is very eager to help with career development. 

Tell us about your co-interns. How long did it take to connect?
We first got connected through an introductory email thread. I was trying to take a nap when my phone started to get inundated with introductory emails. I was startled at first, but as I started reading the emails I knew then that I would we have a great class. Honestly, we are an amazing, humble and cool group of interns. #dukefamily.

What has surprised you most about Duke? 
I was at Duke for medical school and so, I haven’t encountered many surprises yet. Although, I should say that I have enjoyed building friendships with the friendly faces I have met during my short time as an intern at the hospital.

About Duke University and Durham

What's best about living in Durham and the Triangle? 
There are so many great things about living here in Durham and the Triangle. First, it is an up-and-coming area with many new restaurants, breweries, newly created communities and an active life (biking, hiking, running, etc). Second, there continues to be a great influx of young professionals to the area. Third, it is a peaceful and laid-back place, one that allows you to enjoy your days out of the hospital. 

How does the Triangle appeal to people of diverse backgrounds? 
The Triangle is a burgeoning place where transplants from all over the world move to live, work and enjoy life. It caters to so many different types of people, regardless of your background and interests. 

Where did you choose to live, and why? 
I chose to buy a house that is about an 8 minute drive from the hospital. It is located in Southwest Durham. At the time, it was the best house that I could find that was located near the hospital.

Based on your life, what advice would you give about moving to Durham? 
I would say that Durham is not a big city, and please be prepared to drive to many of the places that you’ll need to go. However, once you start to get used to it, Durham is a very fun place to live

What do you like to do outside of medicine? 
Outside of medicine I enjoy going out dancing and spending time at the gym.