Kyle Geurink, MD

Start Year
2017

Basics

Hometown
Rothschild, WI

Where did you attend college/university?
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Where did you attend medical school?
University of Wisconsin-Madison

What did you do the summer before internship?
Got married and traveled the US!

I was looking for a program with strong support for research and mentorship as I figure out which direction I want to take my career.

Reflections on the Duke Program

What were you looking for in a residency program?
I was looking for a personal and professional challenge. Being from Wisconsin and doing all of my training there, I had become accustomed to the Wisconsin way of doing things. I was looking to try a different institution with different perspectives that could challenge me to become a stronger, well rounded physician and person. Additionally, I was looking for a program with strong support for research and mentorship as I figure out which direction I want to take my career. Most of all, I was looking for a place where the people take their work seriously, but don't take themselves too seriously.

What are the strengths of the Duke program?
I find that the Duke program gives you exactly the level of support you need. When you're starting out the program is always there to support you and as you begin to learn the ropes, you are afforded as much autonomy as you can handle. Moreover, the biggest strength of the program is the people! I have not been around a group of such brilliant, fun, and compassionate people. I learn constantly from my peers how to be a better doctor and person.

What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff?
Faculty clearly have a interest in fostering the growth of young physicians. They take time to ensure teaching even in the midst of extremely busy services. The recognize our limitations and work to broaden them daily.

Tell us about your co-interns. How long did it take to connect?
About 15 seconds. From the moment we all arrived in Durham in Mid-June, our class has made fast friends. It has been a joy to learn about their varied backgrounds, interests, and talents. There is always a crowd when we get together.

About Duke University and Durham

What's best about living in Durham and the Triangle?
It's easy living down here. The city is extremely affordable and affords many options for fun outside the hospital. With the ocean and the mountains 2-4 hours away, your off weekends also have plenty of opportunities for fun.

Where did you choose to live, and why?
We live in Duke Forest. It is a great area really close to the hospital, shopping, and only about 10 minutes from downtown.

What do you like to do outside of medicine?
Basketball, biking, craft coffee, travel, hiking

Parting thoughts?
Duke is a special place, not because of its history, but because of the truly exceptional people who choose to come to work here everyday.