Education and Training
Heinrich-Heine University Duesseldorf, Germany
Tell us briefly about your background before fellowship?
I was raised in Germany, and this is where I went to medical school (University of Dusseldorf).Then I completed my residency training in Medicine at Vanderbilt.
What are your career plans in cardiology?
I am very interested in heart failure and plan to complete an advanced heart failure training fellowship at Duke. After my training is complete I plan for an academic career within cardiology.
Why did you choose Duke for your fellowship training?
The cardiology fellowship training has a number of strength that together make it a unique training program in the country. First, I was most impressed by the past and current fellows in the program, their achievements and career paths. The fellows are very diverse and from very different backgrounds. Second, the clinical and research training at Duke enjoy a very good reputation. Third, the program leadership is friendly and caring, which was very important for me given that I had to make a 4-5 year commitment.
What advice might you offer residents looking at fellowship programs?
Take a look at the fellows leaving a program. If they go to places you would like to go, and start jobs you would like to have, then it is a good fit for you.
From your experience in fellowship, what have you learned about training at Duke?
There is an abundance of opportunities to learn, and do research. The pool of potential world-class mentors is large. The fellowship at Duke presents a good mix of clinical and research training that helps you to develop tools to evaluate research findings but also pursue your own projects.
How is your life in the Triangle area outside of work?
Housing is affordable and the area is kid friendly. My family loves to take weekend trips to the Smokey Mountains (2.5h away), the beach (2.5h away), Charleston (4h away), and Washington D.C. (4h away).