Kimberly Darlington, MD

Start Year


Barrington, RI

Duke University

Medical School
Duke University School of Medicine

What additional degrees do you have and from what institution?
PhD Pharmacology and Cancer Biology, Duke University 

What are your career goals? 
I seek to become the best physician I can be. I believe this will be an evolving process. Throughout my career, I anticipate pulling from varied, at times even atypical, experiences to create my own path. 

What did you do the summer before internship? 
I spent time with friends and family in Durham. 

Even though I have been here for a long time, I never seem to get tired of this place. Every stage of my career has been a new challenge, and I have always felt fully supported by Duke each step of the way. 

Kim Cocce

Reflections on the Duke Program

What were you looking for in a residency program? 
I was looking for a residency program that played an active role in helping its trainees set themselves up for successful career. I admired the way Duke incorporated varied types of mentoring relationships: formal advising, clinical and research mentorship, and the coaching program. I also wanted to train at a rigorous program, such that I would feel as well-equipped as possible after residency. 

What are the strengths of the Duke program? 
The Duke "family" is not just a saying. Its real and its thriving! It makes it a joy to learn and now, work, here. Coming to work is enjoyable because I know everyday I have the chance to work with and learn from some of the most intelligent and kind-hearted and humblest people I have ever met. 

What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff? 
Duke Internal Medicine has a knack for attracting people who are incredibly hard-working, happy, and intelligent. That combination is truly special, and permeates at all levels-- down from the leadership, to the staff, to the interns. 

Tell us about your co-interns. How long did it take to connect? 
Connection was instantaneous. For some of us, the connection even started before match day. Some of my favorite, most memorable people on the interview trail matched here as well! It really has been uncanny how easy it has been to connect with my co-interns. It already seems like many of us have been friends for several years, rather than just a few months.

What has surprised you most about Duke? 
Even though I have been here for a long time, I never seem to get tired of this place. Every stage of my career has been a new challenge, and I have always felt fully supported by Duke each step of the way.

About Duke University and Durham

What's best about living in Durham and the Triangle? 
Durham has undergone some absolutely amazing changes in the past decade. We have seen enormous cultural and economic growth in the past 3-5 years and we are still looking upwards. There's a ton to do here and its been fun to basically grow-up with the city. I love to hike, and go to the beach -- really just spend as much time as I can outside. The Duke Gardens is a great place to bring family and it seems like just about every week there is a new restaurant to try. I also love seeing all the new shows that come to the Durham Perming Arts Center. There's really no shortage of interesting things to do here. 

How does the Triangle appeal to people of diverse backgrounds? 
People come from all over the world to work at the local universities. Research Triangle Park, within a 10 minute drive, is also one of the largest research parks in the country. Because we are a smaller city, the hospital is also not very far from rural communities. This adds to the great amount of varied life experiences coming together in a relatively small community. 

Where did you choose to live, and why? 
I live in West Village - which is an apartment complex inside a renovated tobacco building. We have awesome lofted ceilings. I love the history here and the ease of being able 1) to get the hospital within 5 minutes, 2) to walk pretty much anywhere downtown without difficulty. I don't have a pet myself, but I do know that it is pet friendly. 

Based on your life, what advice would you give about moving to Durham? 
Ask a local about different apartment buildings, if you are interested in renting. There are *tons* coming up all the time...seems like a new one each week! It would be helpful to know more about the surrounding community for each building you are looking at.

What do you like to do outside of medicine? 
I spend a lot of time being physically active outdoors. I enjoy playing sports and have found a family in my CrossFit community. Going to local farmers market is one of my favorite weekend activities. I also love exploring all the new restaurants in Durham and the rest of the triangle.