Where did you attend college/university?
The University of Tennessee
Where did you attend medical school?
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
What are your career goals?
In residency, you realize how important it is to work with people that you enjoy. Our intern class hit it off immediately.
Reflections on the Duke Program
What were you looking for in a residency program?
I was looking for a program that offered the entire package for Internal Medicine training. I was looking for a program that is world-class in clinical excellence, offered expansive research opportunities, and maintained a strong focus on education. But, more than that, I wanted to go to a supportive environment with like-minded people and amazing program leadership to help me develop into the best physician I can be.
What are the strengths of the Duke program?
Duke as a program truly has it all. Strong clinical training and research opportunities abound. However, the biggest strength of the program has to be its people. The people here never cease to amaze me with their intelligence, honesty, humor, compassion, and sincerity, both at the hospital/clinic and in life.
What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff?
The attendings at Duke are nothing short of incredible. Many of them are preeminent leaders in their fields, but yet they are approachable, down-to-earth, and willing to help. Additionally, they recognize that residents learn best by doing and give the appropriate amount of autonomy. Each attending has a shared interest in improving patient care and teaching house staff. Working with such influential physicians in a supportive educational environment makes Duke such a special place to train.
Tell us about your co-interns. How long did it take to connect?
In residency, you realize how important it is to work with people that you enjoy. Our intern class hit it off immediately. We actually started a GroupMe shortly after Match Day to get to know each other. Once we were in Durham, we all started to hang out together almost daily in the weeks leading up to orientation. I feel like this has made us closer as individuals and stronger as a class because we know that we can trust and rely on each other.
What has surprised you most about Duke?
The most surprising thing to me so far is how many fun things there are to do around Durham and the Triangle. Whether you like to hike, enjoy the lake, go for a run, sample new flavors at a local brewery, golf, or eat some delicious food, it is all right here. If you like to lie on the beach or hit the slopes to snow ski/board, those are just a couple of hours away. We are very fortunate in this region of the country, because everything is within reach.
About Duke University and Durham
Where did you choose to live, and why?
I chose to live in the 9th Street area. It is surrounded by a lot of restaurants and shops while still being within walking distance to the hospital. It’s under a mile to the hospital and about one mile from downtown.
What do you like to do outside of medicine?
I enjoy both watching and playing most sports. Football and golf are my two favorites. I am a big time Tennessee football fan. Go Vols!
Duke is a wonderful program with even better people. I am thrilled to part of the Duke family and hope you come join us!