Lara Wadi, MD

Start Year
2019

Basics

Hometown
Lebanon

Where did you attend college/university?
American University of Beirut

Where did you attend medical school?
American University of Beirut

What are your career goals?
I intend to pursue a career in academic Neurology. I am also interested in doing a fellowship later but haven't chosen a sub-specialty yet as I would like to explore all possible opportunities during my residency training!

What did you do the summer before Intern year?
​I did some traveling, visited my relatives, and celebrated my engagement!

"Residents get to train with attending physicians and mentors who are leaders in their fields. Opportunities for learning are abundant, with a great variety and complexity of patients, in addition to daily didactic sessions."

-Lara Wadi

Reflections on the Duke Program

What were you looking for in a residency program?
I was looking for a program that would challenge me enough to become a solid physician but also provide me with opportunities to engage in research and teaching activities. I was also looking for a program where I would feel comfortable and supported by my colleagues and supervisors.

What are the strengths of the Duke Program?
There are plenty of resources available to support residents; they are encouraged to think independently in a demanding environment from the very beginning of intern year, yet are never truly alone and are always encouraged to ask for help. Residents get to train with attending physicians and mentors who are leaders in their fields. Opportunities for learning are abundant, with a great variety and complexity of patients, in addition to daily didactic sessions.

What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff?
The relationships are very collegial and faculty members are very invested in resident development!

Tell us about your co-interns. What has helped you connect, support each other, and form friendships?
My co-interns have been very supportive since before the official start of the residency year. Multiple social gatherings have helped us build connections and friendships.

What has surprised you most about Duke?
Everyone is always ready to help. There is great effort in promoting resident well-being.

About Duke University and Durham

What is the best thing about living in Durham and the Triangle?
​Warm weather, cozy atmosphere, great food scene, a lot of opportunities for outdoor activities, great dance scene.

How does the Triangle appeal to people of diverse backgrounds?
There is a lot of cultural diversity in the Triangle area, which is well reflected in the food/music scene too!

Where did you choose to live and why?
I chose to live on Erwin Road because of its proximity to the Hospital, to nearby grocery stores, restaurants, and to downtown Durham.

What are your interests outside of medicine?
​Music, piano, dance, and traveling!