China Spring, TX
Where did you attend college/university?
Where did you attend medical school?
Yale University School of Medicine
What are your career goals?
Academic medicine, possibly GI although I am still considering many other specialties!
What did you do the summer before internship?
I got married and honeymooned in Greece
On my interview day, the interactions between the chiefs, program leadership, and residents were so positive and friendly. I knew I would be comfortable here and I have not been disappointed.
Reflections on the Duke program
What were you looking for in a residency program?
An intensive academic program with a collaborative and supportive atmosphere where I would get the best possible training in taking care of complex, sick patients.
What are the strengths of the Duke program?
-Very supportive administration and leadership
-Excellent interns and residents (I've never been more impressed with my peers!)
-Unique mix of patients with complex medical problems
-Excellent clinical training
What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff?
-This is the number one reason I ranked Duke 1st!
-On my interview day, the interactions between the chiefs, program leadership, and residents were so positive and friendly. I knew I would be comfortable here and I have not been disappointed.
Tell us about your co-interns. How long did it take to connect?
A few I met on interview day and we have stayed close since. Orientation was wonderful and I have quickly formed great relationships with my class! They are a diverse group and ALL amazingly intelligent and driven and I have not had a negative interaction yet!
About Duke University and Durham
What's best about living in Durham and the Triangle?
-I'm back in the south! (New Haven was cold)
-Affordable housing: I rented a 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath house with a fully fenced yard for $1200 a month!
-Job opportunities for my husband
-There is little traffic and easy parking
-Great restaurants so far, and I have many more to try
How does the Triangle appeal to people of diverse backgrounds?
-In all of North Carolina, this is the most diverse city due to the proximity of UNC, Duke, and the Research Triangle
-Highly educated community
Where did you choose to live, and why?
In a house, I have a husband and a dog and a cat. We chose a house mostly because my dog is crazy hyper and needs room to run. We live in South Durham, 5 minutes from great restaurants.
What do you like to do outside of medicine?
Read, spend time with my husband, watch college sports, hang out with friends, and travel