Jordan Gales, MD

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Cleveland, OH

Where did you attend college/university?
Ohio State University

Where did you attend medical school?
Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine

What are your career goals?
​Academic medicine

What did you do the summer before internship?
Traveled, read, flying, spent time with family

It's a great place to be if your interested in health care policy, leadership or management.

Reflections on the Duke Program

What were you looking for in a residency program?
I was looking for a program that stressed clinical skill. I wanted to be an excellent internist first and a subspecialty doctor second.

What are the strengths of the Duke program?
Duke is very balanced between clinical rigor and education. The residents are down to earth and collegial.

What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff?
Faculty has been very carefully selected to work on teaching services. Everyone I work with has a real passion for teaching.

Tell us about your co-interns. How long did it take to connect?
Our intern class immediate connected. It really is a social bunch.

What has surprised you most about Duke?
The number of opportunities outside of clinical medicine and traditional research. It's a great place to be if your interested in health care policy, leadership or management.

About Duke University and Durham

What's best about living in Durham and the Triangle?
There is a number of distinct areas to go to. Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill. 2 hours to the beach and 2 hours to the mountains. It's a really easy place to live.

How does the Triangle appeal to people of diverse backgrounds?
Very diverse population as a result of the university systems and tech culture. There is no shortage of jobs and the growth is incredible. Really a melting pot!

Where did you choose to live, and why?
I chose to live halfway between Durham and chapel hilll. Easy access to both and a 10 minute drive to work.

Based on your life, what advice would you give about moving to Durham?
There are a ton of great, affordable living options so do your homework! You can really be picky with the number of available places to rent. I can't speak to buying.

What do you like to do outside of medicine?
I love being outdoors and Durham provides that with the Forrest, trails and lakes.

Parting thoughts?
Come here, it's worth it.