Canterbury, United Kingdom
University of Kent, Canterbury, UK
University of Tennessee, Memphis, TN
What additional degrees do you have and from what institution?
PhD Biochemistry, University of Kent, UK
What are your career goals?
Physician-scientist in infectious disease. Performing basic/translation research on bacterial pathogenesis
What did you do the summer before internship?
Took my 6 month old baby to England!
The common theme is that everyone looks out for each other.
Reflections on the Duke Program
What were you looking for in a residency program?
I was looking for a program offering high volume, rigorous training at an institution renowned for its outstanding research.
What are the strengths of the Duke program?
Great people, great faculty. Lots of opportunities for tailoring your residency experience to best suite your career
What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff?
There is mutual respect. The faculty ensure that we take ownership of our patients and recognize that we learn by being the primary decision-makers on the team.
Tell us about your co-interns. How long did it take to connect?
Not long at all. There are people from a variety of backgrounds. The common theme is that everyone looks out for each other.
What has surprised you most about Duke?
How relaxed and friendly everyone is.
About Duke University and Durham
What's best about living in Durham and the Triangle?
Cost of living, nature, beer.
How does the Triangle appeal to people of diverse backgrounds?
There are so many opportunities for a wide array of careers. Many people that I've met are from bigger cities and enjoy the change of pace and friendliness that accompanies living in the Triangle.
Where did you choose to live, and why?
We chose to live in a townhouse in Hope Valley Farms. My wife and I both work at Duke, so did not want to drive far. We also wanted to live in a relatively new neighborhood, having lived in a 100 year old house for the past 8 years with 100 year old problems. We love it so far.
Based on your life, what advice would you give about moving to Durham?
Keep an open mind. The Triangle is a great place to live, you sometimes have to spend some time exploring before you find what you love. But there is something here for everyone.
What do you like to do outside of medicine?
Homebrewing beer, Brazilian jiujitsu, being a dad.