Grand Blanc, MI
Where did you attend college/university?
Grand Valley State University
Where did you attend medical school?
University of Michigan
What did you do the summer before internship?
Traveled and spent time with my friends & family prior to leaving Michigan
The faculty are very approachable and involve residents in every step of the decision-making process.
Reflections on the Duke Program
What were you looking for in a residency program?
I was looking for a program that would challenge me so that I would feel confident in a variety of clinical situations when I am practicing on my own. I was also looking for a place where I would be making my own clinical decisions and receiving feedback along the way from senior residents and faculty.
What are the strengths of the Duke program?
- Supervised autonomy. You get to be the physician in charge of your patients care and they see you as their doctor. Whenever you have a question about anything, help is always available.
- Excellent clinical training
- The 4+2 system provides an amazing balance between being a resident and maintaining a life outside of residency.
- Amazing support system other residents and attendings. I never feel that I am in a situation where I cannot ask for help.
What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff?
The faculty are very approachable and involve residents in every step of the decision-making process. They let us create plans for all of our patients and provide great feedback. I really have enjoyed how active the learning process has been.
Tell us about your co-interns. How long did it take to connect?
Our class has been really social right from match day. We had a group social chat that was constantly active for months before we met each other. We became really close over the orientation week and I have quickly formed great relationships with many people from my class. I know that I can count on any one of them for help if I need it.
What has surprised you most about Duke?
I knew the people were friendly on my interview day, but the faculty, residents, and support staff continue to surprise me with how supportive they are. I really do feel like I am a part of the Duke family.
About Duke University and Durham
What's best about living in Durham and the Triangle?
I have really enjoyed exploring the Durham/Triangle area. My fiancé and I love trying out new restaurants, and they are in no shortage in Durham! You are also only 2 hours away from the ocean, which is great on the +2 weekends!
Where did you choose to live, and why?
My fiancé and I chose to live in West Village Apartments because it was in the heart of downtown Durham. We had been living near downtown Ann Arbor, so we both wanted to live somewhere we could walk to multiple restaurants/bars. We have really enjoyed how convenient the location is.
What do you like to do outside of medicine?
I like to run, explore new restaurants/breweries, hang out with my friends/fiancé, and travel