New Bern, NC
Where did you attend college/university?
Where did you attend medical school?
What are your career goals?
Academic medical oncology
What did you do the summer before internship?
I took a bunch of small trips to visit friends, went to my college reunion, and spent quality time exploring Durham.
The faculty I have worked with thus far have been genuinely excited to work with residents and warmly welcome us as colleagues.
Reflections on the Duke program
What were you looking for in a residency program?
I was looking for a rigorous academic program that would challenge me to become an excellent clinician, but it was also important to me to work with happy, supportive colleagues who love their jobs. I found that at Duke!
What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff?
In my few months here, I have been so impressed by the collegiality between faculty and house staff. The faculty I have worked with thus far have been genuinely excited to work with residents and warmly welcome us as colleagues.
Tell us about your co-interns. How long did it take to connect?
My co-interns are amazing! They make every day in the hospital fun, and people are constantly getting together for fun outside the hospital.
About Duke University and Durham
What's best about living in Durham and the Triangle?
There are so many amazing things about living in Durham. It is the perfect balance of abundant fun activities with ease of living and a laid-back attitude. A few favorite things so far: delicious restaurants, outdoor bars that allow dogs, free/cheap outdoor music, a fantastic farmers' market, and great trails for running and exploring. Also, the airport (RDU) is probably the easiest airport in the US and flies lots of places.
Where did you choose to live, and why?
We chose to live in an apartment near Ninth Street. It is close enough to the hospital that I can walk to work but also quickly walkable to restaurants, bars, and pretty gardens and running trails around Duke.
What do you like to do outside of medicine?
Run, hike, enjoy live music, explore Durham, and fantasize about getting a dog!