Kent Feng, MD

Start Year
2016

Basics

Hometown?
Sunnyvale, CA

Where did you attend college/university?
Duke University

Where did you attend medical school?
University of California, San Francisco

What are your career goals?
Hospitalist or fellowship (Pulmonary/critical care or Gastroenterology)

What did you do the summer before internship?
I traveled to Vietnam and I went to Pismo beach. I also did a night climb to top of Half Dome (Yosemite, CA) to watch the sunrise.

Duke's program stood out among the others because of many things, but the aspects that resonated with me most were the efforts of the program leadership to be involved in the continued improvement of the residency, the clear opportunities for residents to make a niche for themselves and the camaraderie among the residents.

Reflections on the the Duke Program

What were you looking for in a residency program?
Residency programs that intrigued me were ones that provided residents with high patient volumes, involved them in both safety-net and tertiary care health systems and placed an emphasis on promoting residents' career choices.

What are the strengths of the Duke Program?
Duke's program stood out among the others because of many things, but the aspects that resonated with me most were the efforts of the program leadership to be involved in the continued improvement of the residency, the clear opportunities for residents to make a niche for themselves and the camaraderie among the residents.

What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff?
As soon as I started residency here, I've recognized just how fluid the relationship is between the faculty and the residents. Discussions are always bi-directional and the resulting patient care decisions always reflect efforts from all team members.

What would you like faculty members to know about you before starting service together?
I'm still debating between hospitalist (academic medicine) versus fellowship (either pulm/crit or GI). I'm interested in patient safety initiatives. I'm always working to improve my presentation flow and trying to see the bigger picture. Otherwise, I love to eat and cook (and exercise when I can).

About Duke University and Durham

What's best about living in Durham and the Triangle?
Having been here as an undergraduate five years prior, I've been astounded by the amount of change that has occurred Durham. The number of new things such as food trucks, restaurants and city events (eg. festivals) that have since sprouted has really been a driving force for me coming back.

Where did you choose to live, and why?
There's a place for everyone in Durham. Personally, I chose to live in an apartment complex near campus for the easy walk to and from work; but even if you decided to rent/buy a house (very affordable to do), it's usually only about 10-15 minute drive at the most. In fact, most "life necessity" things are all within 10-15 minute drive (eg. Costco, supermarkets, Target, banks, shopping malls, restaurants, downtown).

What do you like to do outside of medicine?
Being from the Bay Area, diversity of food is important and the number of options in Durham is actually rather surprising. It's been a goal to try all the new places that have sprung up since I've left undergrad. Aside from eating, I've also been able to enjoy the quick and easy trips to the outdoors for hiking (Eno River and Falls Lake state parks).

Parting thoughts?
The Duke Family is real--the approachability and friendliness of everyone top to bottom (leadership to senior residents to interns to medical students) is unparalleled.