John Davy, MD

Start Year
2018

Basics

Hometown
Forest, VA

College/University
Liberty University

Medical School
University of Virginia

What are your career goals?
General internal medicine, specifically primary care in an academic setting

What did you do the summer before internship? 
Took time off to go on vacation, renovated and sold our fixer-upper house, spent a lot of time with family at the beach

I was surprised at the breadth of clinical cases in Durham, whether at the VA, outpatient clinic, the regional hospital, or Duke hospital. You see all sorts of patient populations and an incredibly diverse array of pathology as well. 

John Davy

Reflections on the Duke Program

What were you looking for in a residency program? 
While on the interview trail, I was looking for a program that would support who I was as a person, not just my career goals. I was also looking for a place that would train me to be the best doctor I could become. 

What are the strengths of the Duke program? 
One thing that really stands out is the Duke family. Everyone here, not just the internal medicine department, is committed to excellence and to supporting their colleagues in the pursuit of the same. It doesn't take long to recognize how much the program leadership looks after you.

What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff? 
From the very beginning, faculty are excited to engage with the housestaff. Additionally, there are always opportunities for career mentoring and projects that faculty are willing to share.

Tell us about your co-interns. How long did it take to connect? 
Our intern class definitely connected fast, before internship even started. Definitely a unique group of people from all over the country, and it has been a blast getting to know everyone. You never know what sort of interesting talents and or abilities people are carrying around!

What has surprised you most about Duke? 
I was surprised at the breadth of clinical cases in Durham, whether at the VA, outpatient clinic, the regional hospital, or Duke hospital. You see all sorts of patient populations and an incredibly diverse array of pathology as well.

About Duke University and Durham

What's best about living in Durham and the Triangle? 
It's a great convenient place to live. Easy to get around, easy to find things to do, cheap compared to most major cities. I like to take advantage of growing food and craft beer scene. I also enjoy doing some fly fishing at the Eno River or paddle boarding on Lake Johnson. It's also an easy drive to the beach! 

How does the Triangle appeal to people of diverse backgrounds? 
People come from all over the country for education, research and training. Because of all the major universities in the area, there is a steady influx of people from all sorts of different backgrounds.

Where did you choose to live, and why? 
I chose to buy a house in Hope Valley Farms. It has plenty of space for us (my wife and our dog) and it's a convenient 15 min commute to the hospital. I'm the type of person who likes a little separation between my home and the hospital and it's a great location near the American Tobacco Trail for running and biking. Plus I get to work on some house projects in my free time.

What do you like to do outside of medicine? 
I love anything outdoors- hiking, backpacking, running, biking, fishing etc. I also am a big sports junkie and love watching and playing hoops, soccer, football, tennis, beach volleyball, disc golf, you name it! My wife and I love to explore the area around the triangle with our black lab, Wally.