Where did you attend college/university?
Where did you attend medical school?
University of Washington, Seattle
What additional degrees do you have?
Masters in Health Administration, UW
What are your career goals?
Academic medicine, QI, reducing health disparities, recruitment, retention and advancement of URM students in Medicine.
Halfway through the first day of orientation I knew I had a great group of future friends and buddies that would back me up to the fullest!
Reflections on the Duke program
What are the strengths of the Duke program?
The program leadership, starting with Dr. Zaas are spectacular! Friendly and welcoming environment that is perpetuated by attendings, fellows, residents and staff. Awesome co-interns and residents that you connect with instantly, almost as if they hand picked them just for you. The patient population and community is very diverse! The EMR is excellent and improves efficiency, allowing you to spend time proving care and to focus on learning. Free parking, meals for overnight call, Friday night pizza rounds, what more could you ask for!
What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff?
Friendly and welcoming environment that is perpetuated by attendings, fellows, residents and staff. Faculty is accessible and always encourages strong communication and any questions/concerns that house staff may have.
Tell us about your co-residents. How long did it take to connect?
I would say half way through the first day of orientation I knew I had a great group of future friends and buddies that would back me up to the fullest!
About Duke University and Durham
What's best about living in Durham and the Triangle?
The ethnic diversity of the city.
How does the Triangle appeal to people of diverse backgrounds?
I think that the community of Durham is very diverse, with an up and coming Latino population. You can't go one block in the Durham without seeing people from diverse ethnic backgrounds.
Where did you choose to live, and why?
I live close by. About three blocks away from campus. I wanted to be sure that I could maximize sleep during the tough rotations.
Based on your life, what advice would you give about moving to Durham?
You can't go wrong no matter where you live. Everything is 10 minutes away!
What do you like to do outside of medicine?
Mentoring, running, basketball, watching college football, movies, BBQing, cooking, dancing.
No place like Duke. AMAZING program leadership, awesome co-residents, fellows and faculty. Diverse patient population and community. National Basketball Champions, 'nuff said!