Laura Miller, MD, MSc

Start Year
2014

Basics

Hometown
Shorewood, WI

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

Where did you attend medical school?
Medical College of Wisconsin

What are your career goals?
Critical care
Physician-educator

Reflections on the Duke program

What are the strengths of the Duke program?
Duke residents are challenged on a daily basis to become not only exceptional physicians, but those who provide cost-conscious, evidence-based, and compassionate care. One of the greatest strengths of the program, however, is the extremely diverse patient population served by Duke.

What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff?
The environment is truly one of supportive autonomy. Residents are challenged by faculty to acquire new knowledge and skills on a daily basis, while being provided a strong framework in which to do so.

What mentoring relationships have you formed with faculty?
Duke faculty are extremely approachable and always willing to discuss academic endeavors such as research, conference attendance, and case reports.

What research opportunities have you had during residency?
QI Project: Promoting advanced care planning in the Med-Peds HOCC clinic

About Duke University and Durham

Where did you choose to live, and why?
Durham is small enough to get around easily and inexpensively but big enough that I never struggle to find things to do on my days off.

What do you like to do outside of medicine?
I love exploring new restaurants in the Triangle area, as well as outdoor activities such as hiking, running, and tennis. One of my favorite things to do on Saturdays is go to the Durham Farmer's Market.

What's best about living in Durham and the Triangle?
Durham initially seemed very small when I first moved here from Milwaukee. I've since realized how much there is to do here and how quickly the whole Triangle area is developing. There are a ton of great restaurants, a popular farmer's market on Saturdays, and plenty of options for outdoor activities. For me, a typical day off would include breakfast at Foster's Market and running at Eno River State Park, then getting dinner at Pizzeria Toro or beers at Ponysaurus brewery!

Based on your life, what advice would you give about moving to Durham?
The Triangle area is extremely affordable and easy to get around. There's a pretty young social scene, particularly in Durham and Chapel Hill, with a ton of fun restaurants and bars. There also seem to be a lot of young families here.

Parting thoughts?
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