Lena Eder, MD

Start Year
2018

Basics

Hometown
Palos Verdes, CA

College/University
Brandeis University

Medical School
FAU Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine

What are your career goals?
Interested in Geriatrics, Rheumatology, and Allergy!

What did you do the summer before internship? 
Got married and went on a magical honeymoon!

Within hours of opening my envelope on match day, I had already received countless phone calls, text messages, and emails from everyone I had met at Duke or anyone who had any connection to Duke welcoming me into the Duke family. I was overwhelmed by all the support. It was the best day!

Lena Vaynberg

Reflections on the Duke Program

What were you looking for in a residency program? 
I chose the program I wanted to go to by relying on my gut feeling. After meeting so many amazing people during my Duke interview and seeing the residents in action, I left thinking, "that's the type of doctor I want to be!"

What are the strengths of the Duke program? 
Providing a really comprehensive and amazing training experience but also encouraging and fostering a work life balance for its residents.

What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff? 
The relationship between faculty and house staff is wonderful. Residents are treated with a lot of respect; I always feel like an integral part of the team. Moreover, the faculty is approachable and always available to the residents. 

Tell us about your co-interns. How long did it take to connect? 
No time at all! Even on day one of orientation everybody had already started bonding by exploring Durham together. We truly are a #dukefamily. The real bonding continues in the hospital as well; my on call buddies make everything fun and have been a pleasure to work closely with!

What has surprised you most about Duke? 
Within hours of opening my envelope on match day, I had already received countless phone calls, text messages, and emails from everyone I had met at Duke or anyone who had any connection to Duke welcoming me into the Duke family. I was overwhelmed by all the support. It was the best day!

About Duke University and Durham

What's best about living in Durham and the Triangle? 
There is so much to do!!! There are countless festivals, farmers markets, hiking trails, historic landmarks, sporting events, and restaurants in the area!

Where did you choose to live, and why? 
I live on the border of Chapel Hill and Durham counties in a community called "Chapel Run." We were looking for a place half way between the two universities because my husband is a PhD candidate at UNC. I'm only 15 minutes from Duke and find Chapel Hill, Durham, and Raleigh very accessible (all <20 min away).

Based on your life, what advice would you give about moving to Durham? 
Having grown up in California, living in the triangle has been an amazing change of pace. You have access to anything and everything you can possibly want WITHOUT traffic and crazy prices. It's been a dream!

What do you like to do outside of medicine? 
I love to play soccer, watch old movies, bake, read, and most of all travel!

Parting thoughts? 
Duke is a unique place, and I feel very lucky to be here!

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