Justin Yoo, MD

Start Year


Baltimore, Maryland

Where did you attend college/university?
Emory University

Where did you attend medical school?
Emory University School of Medicine

What additional degrees do you have and from what institution?
Master in Science, Georgetown University

What are your career goals?
Combined Heme/Onc

What did you do the summer before internship?
I visited many cities in the US like San Francisco, South Lake Tahoe, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, New York City. I attended a lot of my friend's weddings!

Reflections on the Duke Program

What were you looking for in a residency program?
I was looking for a program that had excellent training in both the internal medicine and pediatrics categorical programs. Ultimately I wanted to have a program that would support me in my endeavor to be a great pediatrician and internist. I also wanted a program that valued evidence based medicine, and that consistently incorporated research into their practice.
I looked for a program with a decent size, but not too big or to small, but "just right," as Goldilocks would say. Lastly, I looked for a place where I felt people valued the experiences outside of medicine and valued relationships.

What are the strengths of the Duke program?
I figured regardless of what I ended up doing in 4 years, I wanted a great clinical training. Duke had great resources not only for the bread and butter but also for rare diseases. Duke exposes me to rare pathology that really challenges my inclination towards tunnel visioning. It helps me to constantly explore the possibilities in medicine.

What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff?
The faculty here really value the education of the residents. Many set aside time for teaching points and really get into the pathophysiology that we so forget many times. The faculty I worked with extremely care about the patients and really role model for the house staff. It definitely helps that the faculty are truly approachable.

Tell us about your co-interns. How long did it take to connect?
It didn't take long to realize that I've chosen the right specialty and right residency when I met my co-interns. It was even as early as match day when it became obvious that my co-interns and I were going to get along well. I mean, one month into intern year, we were already having luau themed slumber parties!

About Duke University and Durham


What's best about living in Durham and the Triangle?
There's really no traffic! You can really get anywhere within 15 minutes!

Where did you choose to live, and why?
I chose to live closer to the Research Triangle Park area. It's pretty central to everything like Raleigh, Duke, and Chapel Hill. When I want to mix it up, nothing is too far!

Based on your life, what advice would you give about moving to Durham?
I would consider what you are looking for. If you want to be walking distance to many hip and cool restaurants, I'd recommend living on 9th street! If you'd rather pay less and want more room, I'd consider further areas from Duke where it may be worth buying!

What do you like to do outside of medicine?
I really enjoy doing all sorts of things. I like the outdoors but also enjoy bumming at home watching some great TV.