Lara Hayes, MD

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Cheyenne, WY and Salt Lake City, UT

Where did you attend college/university?
University of Utah

Where did you attend medical school?
University of Utah School of Medicine

What are your career goals?
I would love to work in an academic setting working primarily in clinical and clinician educator settings. It's also my goal to be able to continue to working with underserved patients doing volunteer clinical work.

Faculty places high importance on learning, and not just "getting work done."

Reflections on the Duke program

What were you looking for in a residency program?
I was looking for a rigorous academic program that placed importance on education and learning practical clinical skills, but most importantly did so in a supportive and friendly environment where residents could succeed.

What are the strengths of the Duke program?
The quality of the education is truly astounding, and I'm continually impressed with each resident I meet. The program really cares about each of the residents, and will do anything in their power to listen to residents concerns and implement changes.

What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff?
There is a very friendly and supportive relationship between faculty and house staff. Faculty places high importance on learning, and not just "getting work done." Importantly, the faculty is always very friendly and seem genuinely concerned about the wellbeing of their residents.

Tell us about your co-interns. How long did it take to connect?
I'm constantly impressed by my co-interns and all the amazing things they have done. It's been really fun getting to know everyone, especially on rotation where you have great bonding time with co-interns.

About Duke University and Durham

What's best about living in Durham and the Triangle?
I love all the fun things there are to do! Durham is the perfect combination, where you are only a short distance from outdoor activities and has tons of access to fun city activities. Coming from Utah we were worried about leaving our mountains, but we have absolutely loved learning to stand up paddle board and have had a blast backpacking in Western NC! The restaurants are amazing, and it's super fun to be able to bike from our house to have nights out downtown. The music scene is also fantastic - especially the free bluegrass concerts at the American Tobacco Campus.

Where did you choose to live, and why?
We chose to live north of Ninth Street in a neighborhood called Walltown. It's very very affordable, a short drive to the hospital and the DOC (luckily we live right in between the two) and a fun bike ride downtown. It was very important for us to be close enough to get to work easily but far enough to feel like I could leave work at the hospital after work. We also really wanted to be within biking distance of restaurants and downtown.

Based on your life, what advice would you give about moving to Durham?
It's humid - but you'll get used to it! Coming from the west, this was my biggest concern but believe me it's very doable. Durham is truly the perfect balance of city and outdoors and we couldn't be happier with where we chose to live!

What do you like to do outside of medicine?
I love to hike and camp, and now to stand up paddle board! We also love to try new restaurants and see live music. I have a serious reading addiction, which luckily I've been able to continue into residency!