Isaac Bleicher, MD

Start Year
2019

Basics

Hometown
Newton, MA

Where did you attend college/university?
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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

What are your career goals?
I will be starting a residency in ophthalmology at Massachusetts Eye and Ear after finishing my intern year at Duke.

What did you do the summer before intern year?
I spent a lot of time traveling and seeing friends and family. I went to Spain with my girlfriend where we toured around and ate great food, visited my sister in Colorado and spent time with my medical school friends before everyone dispersed to their intern years.

"One of the largest strengths of the Duke program is how wide-spread the interests of the program are. There are experts in many fields within internal medicine and all of them are taken seriously by the department and the house staff. From specialty care to hospital medicine to primary care to the humanistic aspects of medicine, you get an incredible breadth of exposure as a resident.​"

-Isaac Bleicher

Reflections on the Duke Program

What were you looking for in a residency program?
I was looking for a Prelim year where I was completely integrated into the medicine program, where there was a strong focus on education, and where I would spend the year learning to think like a doctor. I knew from my time as a medical student at Duke that the Duke Internal Medicine program fit all of those interests.

What are the strengths of the Duke Program?
One of the largest strengths of the Duke program is how wide-spread the interests of the program are. There are experts in many fields within internal medicine and all of them are taken seriously by the department and the house staff. From specialty care to hospital medicine to primary care to the humanistic aspects of medicine, you get an incredible breadth of exposure as a resident.

What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff?
The faculty have warm relationships with the house staff from the recent residency graduates to the very senior faculty. There is a lot of mutual respect and house staff are approached as colleagues, which is important for good working relationships.

Tell us about your co-interns. What has helped you connect, support each other, and form friendships?
The co-interns have been one of the best parts about my intern year. The interns have a wide range of backgrounds, interests and experiences, so it has been really fun to share those things in our first few weeks of work. Each rotation, you get to spend time with a new small group of interns so it's a great way to get to know people well.

What has surprised you most about Duke?
From medical school to residency, I've always been surprised about how supportive Duke has been about each individual's interests. If you are passionate about something, there are people and resources to help you do whatever it is you want to achieve in the hospital.

About Duke University and Durham

What is the best thing about living in Durham and the Triangle?
The Durham area has been a great, vibrant place to live. There is fantastic food, good music and art, natural parks for hiking and other outdoors activities. Between Durham, Chapel Hill and Raleigh, you can really find whatever you want to do outside of work. If you have some additional time to get out of the area, Charlottesville, Asheville or the beach are all within a few hours and are great places to explore as well.

How does the Triangle appeal to people of diverse backgrounds?
The Triangle is a very vibrant area in terms of academic excellence, large businesses and other institutions. With that comes people from all different backgrounds. Within my experience, I have been able to find people who share my interests and values wherever I seek it out.

Where did you choose to live and why?
I live downtown in a beautiful old home that I rent with my significant other. It's a block from an area with a lot of the popular restaurants and nightlife in Durham but still lets us have a lot of space with a yard and a lot of other amenities. I'll be very sad to have to move out at the end of the year.

What advice would you give to someone looking to move to Durham?
I would make sure to explore all the options in terms of living situations and locations. You can have a more urban living situation or rent a house with lots of space. You can even rent a house in the middle of downtown!

What are your interests outside of medicine? 
I enjoy cooking and try to make that a part of every day. I also like outdoor activities - cycling, hiking, skiing, climbing - and find time for all of it at Duke.