Jung Hyun Ko, MD, MPH

Start Year
2019

Basics

Hometown
Korea and Asheville, NC

Where did you attend college/university?
Duke University

Where did you attend medical school?
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

What other degrees do you hold and from what institutions?
Master of Public Health at UNC-Chapel Hill

What are your career goals?
I would like to pursue fellowships in neuro-critical care or stroke.

What did you do the summer before intern year?
I got married and went on a honeymoon to Korea and Japan!

"From administrative staff to co-residents and faculty, everyone has been extremely supportive. People here come from so many different backgrounds that you will be certain to find someone with similar interest as yours and find support for whatever your passion might be.​"

-Jung Hyun Ko

Reflections on the Duke Program

What were you looking for in a residency program?
As a prelim to neurology, I was looking for a program where I would be completely integrated into internal medicine program. I also wanted a place with world-renowned researchers and opportunities. I found all of that here at Duke!

What are the strengths of the Duke Program?
From administrative staff to co-residents and faculty, everyone has been extremely supportive. People here come from so many different backgrounds that you will be certain to find someone with similar interest as yours and find support for whatever your passion might be.

What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff?
The faculty at Duke have been extremely friendly and supportive. They give us autonomy to think through problems and make decisions, and they are always available for questions and help.

Tell us about your co-interns. What has helped you connect, support each other, and form friendships?
My co-interns are an amazing group of people. We started connecting months before the start of residency. I feel lucky to be training next to such motivated and talented group of people.

What has surprised you most about Duke?
How connected Duke is to the surrounding community.

About Duke University and Durham

What is the best thing about living in Durham and the Triangle?
The variety of food and cultural events and living in the area with three major ACC schools.

How does the Triangle appeal to people of diverse backgrounds?
Durham, Raleigh, and Chapel Hill have their own characters. People come to this area from all over the world for education and business.

Where did you choose to live and why?
We chose to live in Raleigh as it was halfway between Duke and where my wife works.

What advice would you give to someone looking to move to Durham? 
Although it would be convenient to live close to the hospital, there are a lot of up-and-coming areas in the Triangle if you are willing to explore.

What are your interests outside of medicine?
Working on home improvement project, hanging out with my cat, and running on trails.