Marius Chukwurah, MD

Start Year


Anambra State, Nigeria and Baltimore, MD

University of Maryland

Medical School
Howard University College of Medicine

What are your career goals?
I plan to pursue a career in cardiology. I am particularly most drawn to aspects of  heart failure cardiology and academic medicine. I envision the majority of my career in affiliation with a large academic institution, being more clinically based with integration of clinical and health disparities research.   

What did you do the summer before internship? 
I spent the majority of my time with my family, loved ones and friends. I was able to do a bit of traveling too.

The leadership and enthusiasm of our program director and associate program directors in cultivating the family-like environment at such a premier institution still leaves me in awe. 

Marius Chukwurah

Reflections on the Duke Program

What were you looking for in a residency program? 
I was looking for a program that challenged its residents and promoted a fine balance between autonomy and support on the wards to allow the resident to develop clinical acumen. I also sought a program in which the residents displayed a good deal of comradery both in and out of work. Lastly, I desired the program to have faculty that provided a great deal of support and mentorship to its residents. 

What are the strengths of the Duke program? 
Duke has world renowned faculty that are considered pioneers in medicine, and it's amazing that these individuals still dedicate time to attending on teaching hospital services for residents. The Duke medicine program also has a tendency of recruiting resident classes comprised of the most brilliant but humble and down-to-earth individuals that work well together. The leadership and enthusiasm of our program director and associate program directors in cultivating the family-like environment at such a premier institution still leaves me in awe. The 4+2 system is also amazing!

What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff? 
The faculty is extremely supportive of the house staff in all endeavors. They are also very down-to-earth, with most preferring to be on a first-name basis with residents. And they genuinely like teaching and working with residents, making a point to always teach when the opportunity presents itself.

Tell us about your co-interns. How long did it take to connect? 
Within a couple weeks of Match Day, there was already a cohort Facebook page created and soon afterwards a group chat. Those that were already in the area or moved soon after were meeting up and socializing. By the first day of orientation, a large portion of our cohort had already met from an outing together. 

What has surprised you most about Duke? 
I am truly most surprised by how personable all the faculty and house staff are. Everyone is always willing to help however they can.

About Duke University and Durham

What's best about living in Durham and the Triangle? 
The diversity of people that come here from all over the world to spend a portion if not the rest of their lives here is amazing. Also, the food here is great, and the cost of living is very reasonable. 

How does the Triangle appeal to people of diverse backgrounds? 
The triangle is full of professionals of all age groups who are pursuing an education or starting their career. The amount of research and innovation generated by the institutions and businesses here attract the best and the brightest.

Where did you choose to live, and why? 
I chose to live in an apartment complex that's about 10 minutes away from the hospital in southern Durham. I wanted a place that wasn't too close but not too far from the hospital. The market is really good here so buying a house is definitely a reasonable option, but I chose an apartment so I didn't have to worry about the maintenance. 

Based on your life, what advice would you give about moving to Durham? 
Coming from spending my last four years in Washington, D.C., I would say that Durham is a lot more slow paced with a more relaxed vibe. For those coming from larger, more metropolitan types of areas, I suggest that you come and explore the city of Durham to ensure you can see yourself here for 3+ years. 

What do you like to do outside of medicine? 
I like to hang out with family and friends, try new restaurants, watch a good movie, go out dancing, and workout. 

Parting thoughts? 
If you want to train at one of the world's best hospitals that gives you the family atmosphere and support to become the best physician you can be, Duke is the place for you. You also won't find another "Top 10" institution in such a clean and quiet city!