Jeffrey Ashton, MD

Start Year
2018

Basics

Hometown
Sandy, Utah

College/University
Brigham Young University

Medical School
Duke University School of Medicine

What additional degrees do you have and from what institution?
PhD in Biomedical Engineering - Duke University

What are your career goals?
I am interested in academic radiology. I will most likely specialize in abdominal radiology. I plan to do both clinical work and continue being involved in imaging research.

What did you do the summer before internship?
I spent the whole summer moving my family into a new house and playing with my 4 children.

I have been very busy, but there are always people that I can turn to for help so I never feel anxious or concerned about the decisions that I am making. Everybody is so supportive and friendly that it I never feel like I have to do it all on my own. 

Jeffrey Ashton

Reflections on the Duke Program

What were you looking for in a residency program?
I was looking for a residency program that would provide me with a solid foundation in medicine that will build the foundation for my career in radiology. I was also looking for a program where the residents are happy, and where I felt like the administration would value the importance of my family life outside the hospital.

What are the strengths of the Duke program? 
Duke provides excellent training in internal medicine, very helpful and approachable faculty and administration, and an excellent environment for developing research and other extracurricular interests.

What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff? 
The faculty without exception have been extremely supportive and interested in the house staff and engaged in our learning and development. 

Tell us about your co-interns. How long did it take to connect? 
Our intern class has been great. Everyone is friendly, helpful, and fun to be with. People in the class have been getting together from the moment that everybody made it to Durham. I don't go out with the class as much as some people since I have a wife and 4 little kids at home, but I still feel included and connected with my other co-interns. 

What has surprised you most about Duke? 
I have been at Duke for the last 8 years doing my MD/PhD, so I felt like I knew what to expect coming into a Duke intern year. But I have still been very surprised at how low stress this year has been so far. I have been very busy, but there are always people that I can turn to for help so I never feel anxious or concerned about the decisions that I am making. Everybody is so supportive and friendly that it I never feel like I have to do it all on my own. 

About Duke University and Durham

What's best about living in Durham and the Triangle? 
My family chose to continue living in Durham because we have loved living here for the last 8 years. It is one of the only places that we looked into for residency where we could actually afford to buy a house with a real yard for our kids to play in. We love the climate (and the lack of cold!), and the people that live here are wonderful. It is a perfect size city for us. It has everything that we could want without feeling too busy or having traffic that we have to deal with. 

How does the Triangle appeal to people of diverse backgrounds? 
The Triangle has a lot to offer for people of all backgrounds. It has been a great place to have a home and raise my children, but it also has a lot to offer for people who are single and looking for more city life. It is so much cheaper than bigger cities, but it is still an exciting place to live. 

Where did you choose to live, and why? 
My wife and I bought a home in north Durham, about 10-15 minutes directly north from the hospital. We live in a house on 3/4 acres in a very nice subdivision surrounded by forest. We live across the street from a preschool for my little kids and just down the road from my oldest child's elementary school. Before starting residency we lived in a town home in south Durham, which was closer to a lot of shopping centers and things to do. That was great before we had 4 kids, but now we couldn't be happier about where we live. 

Based on your life, what advice would you give about moving to Durham? 
Durham has something to offer everybody. Whether you want to live close to the hospital, in an urban apartment, in a town home, or in your own house, you can find something that will fit your needs. And no matter what you are looking for, you will not need to live more than 15 minutes away from the hospital. 

What do you like to do outside of medicine? 
I spend most of my free time playing with my 4 kids. When my kids are sleeping at night, my wife and I love to play board games. Durham has a huge board gaming community and we try to be as involved as we can with that. We are also very involved with our local church.