Where did you attend college/university?
Where did you attend medical school?
University at Buffalo
What are your career goals?
Definitely academic medicine. If I specialize, I am interested in cardiology or critical care. It not, then I would purse the practice of primary care with a focus on refugee and global health.
What did you do the summer before internship?
Enjoyed springtime in Buffalo, worked at a juice bar, ate Lobster in Maine, rode horses in the Hamptons, and danced in Miami.
Reflections on the Duke Program
What were you looking for in a residency program?
I was looking for a program that was invested in their residents’ success and education, a place where residents were challenged but happy, and bonded together and supported each other while navigating the ups and downs that come with residency.
What are the strengths of the Duke program?
I know everyone will say this but honestly, it’s true, it's the people! Everyone I have met so far at Duke is FANTASTIC. Attendings are brilliant, yet down to earth and inspiring. My co-residents are amazing and compassionate people and physicians. The program is dynamic and constantly making changes and adjustments to make improvements based off resident feedback, with a focus on residency wellness. There is the perfect balance of autonomy and support that fosters learning how to be someone's doctor.
What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff?
I have been very impressed by the dynamics between faculty and house staff. There is respect, kindness, and an emphasis on education. My attending on Gen Med for two weeks was an amazing role model, patient advocate, and definitely influenced the way that I hope to practice medicine. The days that I need to leave for clinic, I have had multiple attendings help me complete tasks or finish my notes for me so that I can get there on time.
Tell us about your co-interns. How long did it take to connect?
Instantly. My co-interns are smart, hardworking, incredibly supportive, and really fun and simply enjoyable people to be around. I actually met a future co-intern at an interview day and we have been friends ever since. My Med-Peds intern class has become close quickly and has even had an unofficial intern retreat (aka Hawaiian slumber party with pina coladas). The medicine interns that I have worked with so far have been so much fun to spend time with in the hospital, and everyone is really social and wants to hang out ALL THE TIME. There is always someone to hang out with on your days off.
About Duke University and Durham
What's best about living in Durham and the Triangle?
Coming from Buffalo (a city I LOVE but has slightly less appealing weather), I am loving the sunshine. Durham is an interesting place to live that is artsy and has lots of character. It has really cool coffee shops and breweries, and has the Duke Gardens, Duke Forest, and an abundance of green with an urban downtown area. With the Triangle area, you get three cities in one! You can experience the southern charm of a college town in Chapel Hill, and have access to a larger city 30 minutes away in Raleigh, each of which has their own feel.
Where did you choose to live, and why?
I chose to live at an apartment place on Ninth Street which I love. I am close enough where it is a 5 min drive or 20 min walk to Duke Hospital, but feel far enough away that I live in a separate community. I can walk to Whole Foods and multiple restaurants and coffee shops, go for runs around Duke campus or Duke Gardens, and also have a few other co-interns living in the same building.
Based on your life, what advice would you give about moving to Durham?
So far it has been a wonderful place to live while starting residency. I moved here on my own and initially struggled with feeling far from friends and family, but I adjusted as my co-residents became close friends. My one piece of advice is to reflect on how important being close to home and family will be during residency, or if it is an opportunity to explore and try living in a new place.
What do you like to do outside of medicine?
Run, yoga, drink seltzer, read, hang out with co-residents, hope for Buffalo Bills playoffs, root for Syracuse basketball (even when they play against Duke), weekend trips!