University of Maryland, College Park
University of Maryland
What are your career goals?
Right now the dream is to do congenital cardiology.
What did you do the summer before internship?
Traveling with friends and family and learning the guitar.
Personally, Duke was one of the few places where after interview day I had identified faculty who I wanted as personal and professional mentors moving forward.
Reflections on the Duke Program
What were you looking for in a residency program?
Being Med-Peds, I was looking for a program with equally strong categorical Medicine and Pediatric programs; a program where the residents felt supported and advocated for; and, finally, a program where the PDs and APDs prioritized resident education and learning.
What are the strengths of the Duke program?
Duke has very strong Medicine and Pediatric programs where the residents have both the guidance and the autonomy to learn how to be great physicians who regularly care for complex patients and practice evidence based medicine. Personally, Duke was one of the few places where after interview day I had identified faculty who I wanted as personal and professional mentors moving forward.
What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff?
All of the faculty who I've had the opportunity to work with so far have been great teachers and very approachable. They set the bar high and have high expectations for the house staff, which I think is another strength of the program.
Tell us about your co-interns. How long did it take to connect?
I absolutely love my co-interns, this includes my fellow Med-Peds interns but also the categoricals. We all bonded pretty quickly thanks to ACLS and PALS training, and we continue to hang out on a weekly basis--and, sometimes even more often than that!
What has surprised you most about Duke?
The sheer number of resources available for the residents and for the patients.
About Duke University and Durham
What's best about living in Durham and the Triangle?
There are pools and good food everywhere.
How does the Triangle appeal to people of diverse backgrounds?
The Triangle seems to attract all kinds of people, and it's probably because it's an up-and-coming place with a lot of opportunities and things to do.
Where did you choose to live, and why?
I chose to live in downtown Durham, which is about a 10 minutes drive from the hospital. It was close enough to have a short commute while still having access to everything downtown has to offer.
Based on your life, what advice would you give about moving to Durham?
Start looking early!
What do you like to do outside of medicine?
Getting ice cream with my co-interns, playing guitar, lounging by the pool, and exercising at the gym.