Lake Oswego, OR
Where did you attend college/university?
University of Oregon
Where did you attend medical school?
Oregon Health & Science University
Reflections on the Duke program
What were you looking for in a residency program?
Strong interest and involvement in global health and ability to go abroad during 4th year of residency. A truly "combined" med-peds outpatient clinic with 50/50 peds/medicine patients. Integrated with both the medicine and pediatric categorical programs.
What are the strengths of the Duke program?
Incredibly supportive attendings and co-residents that make it a joy coming to work every day. Very accomplished co-workers that are also humble. The ability to go abroad during more 4th year for 3 months. Support of extra-curricular activities such as volunteer work outside of the hospital experience. Diverse patients, ex: opportunity to work at the VA, both "community-type" patients at Duke and academic, complicated patients.
What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff?
The faculty is very supportive, always willing to help - even if they need to put in an order or two for a busy intern! They encourage learning and curiosity. The med-peds outpatient clinic is truly like a family as you get to know the attendings very well.
What mentoring relationships have you formed with faculty?
I'm currently working on a case write-up with faculty in pediatric hematology/oncology with their fellow and attending. I volunteer at the Durham Rescue Mission clinic - Samaritan health center once a month with Dr. White who is an attending I formed a relationship with while on my geriatrics rotations during intern year.
What opportunities have become available to you during your time at Duke?
Research opportunities, global health opportunities, time to go to academic conferences, opportunities for a VERY wide social circle which includes both medicine and peds categoricals, and the opportunity to volunteer at Samaritan Health Center which is a clinic for the homeless, uninsured population of Durham with both Duke and UNC faculty.
About Duke University and Durham
Where did you choose to live, and why?
Great food and 3 very different cities/towns all within 20-30 minutes of each other (Durham, Chapel Hill, and Raleigh). The mountains are 2-3 hours away, the beach is 2 hours away, or Jordan Lake (with beaches and kayaking) is only 30 minutes away. Charleston is very close as well which is a beautiful city to be a tourist in.
What do you like to do outside of medicine?
Travel (visit family and friends back in Oregon), any outdoor activities (water skiing, hiking, floating the river, etc), a warm cup of coffee with a dear friend!
(End of intern year celebration)