Komal Safdar, MD

Start Year
2020

Basics

Hometown
Mason, OH

Where did you attend university/college?
Syracuse University

Where did you attend medical school?
Virginia Commonwealth University

What are your career goals?
I am applying into nephrology and hope to spend a portion of my time on both clinical research and medical education.

"The relationships are extremely respectful and relaxed! Whether it's the attending on the team, my mentor, or the team I am consulting, I can tell the faculty have my best interests and are happy to be working with and teaching learners."

-Komal Safdar

Reflections on the Duke Program

What were you looking for in a residency program?
I was looking for a program that would train me to be an excellent internist but also allow me to explore my other interests.

What are the strengths of the Duke Program?
The people! Our program leadership is extremely caring. Even in the midst of entering residency in a pandemic, I quickly felt a part of the family. They are also always asking for resident feedback, especially during a time that requires a lot of flexibility and adaptability.

What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff?
The relationships are extremely respectful and relaxed! Whether it's the attending on the team, my mentor, or the team I am consulting, I can tell the faculty have my best interests and are happy to be working with and teaching learners.

Tell us about your co-residents. What has helped you connect, support each other, and form friendships?
Connecting had a new meaning in 2020, but we quickly bonded through our clinic, calls, and inpatient rotations. Now, we hang out after work at restaurants, have game nights, play soccer & tennis, and go to surrounding hiking trails. I have made life-long friends through residency and couldn’t have asked for a better crew!

About Duke University and Durham

What has surprised you most about Duke?
I was most surprised by how helpful, kind, and supportive everyone is. I think its a great balance of being challenged but also having the support behind you.

What is the best thing about living in Durham and the Triangle?
I love the trails, hikes, and nature here, all of which are a short drive from the hospital. The city also has a very diverse population. Overall, I love the small city feel. It's easy to drive in (no traffic) and there's lots of great food. Plus, Raleigh and Chapel Hill are only a 20min drive away.

Where did you choose to live and why?
I am living in the 9th street area. It's a mile from the hospital and right next to two grocery stores (Whole Foods & Harris Teeter). There's also a bunch of restaurants covering everything from American, Mexican, Indian, Peruvian, Mediterranean, South American, Mongolian, French, and Chinese food just to name a few! Plus, there is a 2 mile running loop (called the Duke Wall) right across the street. There are also many residents who live in this area.

What advice would you give to someone looking to move to Durham?
There are a lot of options with housing. While I chose to stay closer to the hospital, many residents have also bought a house if you have a family or want something new. Durham is very drivable so living further is not an issue.

What are your interests outside of medicine?
Playing tennis or soccer, running, biking, piano (not very good), traveling, and chill nights in with friends or family when I go back home!