Where did you attend college/university?
University of Hawaii at Monoa
Where did you attend medical school?
Duke University School of Medicine
What are your career goals?
I would like to become an academic dermatologist. My research interests include utilizing teledermatology to improve access to dermatology in underserved areas and the effect of the cutaneous microbiome on skin wound healing.
What did you do the summer before Intern year?
I went to Orlando with my girlfriend (now fiancee), her family, and my family. We visited Walt Disney World, Harry Potter World, and even snorkeled with manatees. I also attended the weddings of two of my medical school friends in Sunol, CA and Atlanta, GA.
"Duke has an outstanding group of faculty that love to teach and represent some of the world's leading experts in their given fields. I think that the level of support that comes from both faculty and residents has made the Duke Program a great environment to learn good clinical medicine and also pursue a variety of academic endeavors."
Reflections on the Duke Program
What were you looking for in a residency program?
I was hoping to find a place that showcased a broad array of disease pathology and had a group of friendly and supportive residents. Duke had both.
What are the strengths of the Duke Program?
Duke has an outstanding group of faculty that love to teach and represent some of the world's leading experts in their given fields. I think that the level of support that comes from both faculty and residents has made the Duke Program a great environment to learn good clinical medicine and also pursue a variety of academic endeavors.
What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff?
The faculty are extremely supportive of the house staff. Many of the faculty will take time outside of rounds to teach about their areas of passion and research. The faculty and house staff work together to make the day go more smoothly and many of the faculty love to get involved in outside events with the residents such as the Stead Tread (a Duke 5K) and flag football.
Tell us about your co-interns. What has helped you connect, support each other, and form friendships?
My co-interns are awesome! We are always looking for ways to help each other out, both inside and outside of the hospital. We've gotten to know each other through meet-ups at peoples' apartments or some of the local breweries.
About Duke University and Durham
What is the best thing about living in Durham and the Triangle?
Durham is a pretty laid back place, but the Triangle has something for everyone. Chapel Hill has a number of restaurants and bars that are popular with undergrads. Durham tends to be a bit more hipster and appeals to performance art lovers and young families. Raleigh is the place for young professionals and has a really classy night scene. Cary has excellent Asian food and bubble tea.
How does the triangle appeal to people of diverse backgrounds?
There's a wide variety of restaurants and cultural groups that celebrate the cultures and cuisines of people from around the world. The triangle in general is a place that is very welcoming of people from all backgrounds.
Where did you choose to live and why?
I live at Avalon East, which is a small apartment complex off of Hillsborough Road, near Cook-Out. I mostly chose the apartment due to the cheap rent and the relatively close proximity to the hospital.
What advice would you give to someone looking to move to Durham?
You will need a car to get around as public transport is somewhat lacking, but you can basically get to anywhere you might need to go within 15 minutes by driving.
What are your interests outside of medicine?
I love board games and improv. My friends and I have recently gotten into some tabletop RPGs and long form board games such as Gloomhaven.