Maria Minor, MD

Start Year
2021

Basics

Hometown
Kinnelon, NJ

Where did you attend college/university?
The College of New Jersey

Where did you attend medical school?
Weill Cornell

What are your career goals?
Academic career in Neurology with a focus in community and public health

"I think the Triangle has a ton to offer people from diverse backgrounds. The city itself is very diverse and celebrates this diversity. Overwhelming, my experience in Durham is that people are very welcoming, open, and accepting of those with backgrounds different than their own."

-Maria Minor

Reflections on the Duke Program

What were you looking for in a residency program?
Culture of learning with a growth-mindset. Strong academic atmosphere. Commitment to mentorship. Breadth of experiences with patients from diverse backgrounds, unique presentations of illness, and different health care systems.

What are the strengths of the Duke Program?
Duke has everything I was looking for! In addition, I am so grateful for the warm welcome from faculty and house staff and the sense of camaraderie and teamwork among residents. Everyone is here to learn and do right by patients, which aligns with my ethos and makes me feel both comfort and pride in my program.

What has surprised you most about Duke?
I was somewhat anxious and intimidated about the possibility the program would be steeply hierarchical. I was surprised by how down-to-earth and genuine people are, no matter their title or how many years they have been an attending.

About Duke University and Durham

What is the best thing about living in Durham and the Triangle?
It's hard to pick one! I love downtown Durham and the cool, Brooklyn-like feel many spots offer. This place is definitely a foodie hub. I also love the easy access to wonderful nature, from Eno river state park and Duke forest to Lake Jordan and even the mountains and beach are not far for a weekend trip (in either direction).

How does the Triangle appeal to people of diverse backgrounds?
I think the Triangle has a ton to offer people from diverse backgrounds. The city itself is very diverse and celebrates this diversity. Overwhelming, my experience in Durham is that people are very welcoming, open, and accepting of those with backgrounds different than their own.

Where did you choose to live and why?
I am currently living with family while our house is being constructed. My husband and I chose to buy when coming to Durham, because we see this city as our home and wanted to lay down our roots. We bought before starting intern year because we had a period of time to tour homes and we think this place will just keep on becoming more and more desirable in the coming years!

What advice would you give to someone looking to move to Durham?
My brother is an awesome real-estate agent and would love to help you find a home!

What are your interests outside of medicine?
Being a mom! I love hanging out with my husband, daughter, and large extended family all living here. Getting out and enjoying nature, the arts, and good food. I also am very interested in anthropology and public health.