Joyce Hwang, MD, PhD

Start Year
2019

Basics

Hometown
Hong Kong

Where did you attend college/university?
Princeton University

Where did you attend medical school?
Harvard Medical School 

What other degrees do you hold and from what institutions?
PhD (Immunology), Harvard University

What are your career goals?
​Academic physician-scientist

What did you do the summer before Intern year?
Went to Hawaii with my husband! It was amazing. Ask me for recs.

"Duke has an incredibly supportive environment. You get the feeling that everyone - from program leadership to your fellow interns - wants you to succeed."

-Joyce Hwang

Reflections on the Duke Program

What were you looking for in a residency program?
Excellent clinical training and research opportunities. Duke had both which made coming here an easy decision!

What are the strengths of the Duke Program?
The incredibly supportive environment. You get the feeling that everyone - from program leadership to your fellow interns - wants you to succeed.

What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff?
Faculty love to teach and mentor house staff.

Tell us about your co-interns. What has helped you connect, support each other, and form friendships?
We are a large class so there is a great diversity of interests and always someone up for hanging out. What has been unifying from day one is the feeling that we are all in this together. My co-interns have already been a great source of support.

What has surprised you most about Duke?
How genuinely nice people are!

About Duke University and Durham

What is the best thing about living in Durham and the Triangle?
The low cost of living!

Where did you choose to live and why?
Thomson Ridge, for its proximity to the hospital and walking trails.

What are your interests outside of medicine?
Being active, music, movies, and science!