Martin Weiss, MD

Start Year
2017

Basics

Hometown
NYC

Where did you attend college/university? 
Stony Brook University 

Where did you attend medical school? 
SUNY Downstate College of Medicine 

What are your career goals? 
Clinical Neurologist 

What did you do the summer before internship? 
Cross Country Road Trip 

As a prelim (going on to the Neurology residency program next year), the Internal Medicine program has welcomed me with open arms and I feel like any other member of the intern class.

Reflections on the Duke Program

What were you looking for in a residency program? 
I was looking for a place that felt like "home" where I also knew I would get top-tier training.

What are the strengths of the Duke program? 
The excellent faculty - both in their knowledge, as well as their teaching. I constantly feel fully supported by them as well as the rest of the team and am excited to come to work everyday. Your fellow residents quickly become your best friends.

What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff? 
The entire environment is supportive, but they also appropriately challenge us to become the best physicians we can be. I feel like I can reach out to the faculty for anything.

Tell us about your co-interns. How long did it take to connect? 
They're amazing. The entire class is willing to help each other out. I'm constantly amazed by how smart everyone is, yet they are all humble and supportive. We have endless opportunities to get to know each other and relax outside of work.

What has surprised you most about Duke? 
As a prelim (going on to the Neurology residency program next year), the Internal Medicine program has welcomed me with open arms and I feel like any other member of the intern class.

About Duke University and Durham

What's best about living in Durham and the Triangle? 
I chose to live in Chapel Hill. My wife and I love the laid-back vibe but the ability to go to so many amazing restaurants which are all so close. Coming from NYC, life here is generally a lot less stressful but we still feel like there is plenty to do here and we aren't missing anything. Everyone in the area is very friendly and you tend to meet a lot of very smart people with all the research that is happening in the area.

How does the Triangle appeal to people of diverse backgrounds? 
I think there is something for everyone here. The area is extremely diverse and people of all backgrounds get along here. There are also various cultural events to celebrate and learn about different cultures. 

Where did you choose to live, and why? 
Chapel Hill. Honestly we found a great home here which we love, and we are still in walking distance to Durham, so I have an easy commute to work. We love how quickly we can get to any part of the Triangle, but we mostly hang out in Chapel Hill and Durham since these two cities have so much to offer.

Based on your life, what advice would you give about moving to Durham? 
There are definitely affordable options available to buy. For residents. Your money will go a lot further here than many other cities in the U.S.

What do you like to do outside of medicine? 
Explore the area with my wife and dog. We love to cook, try new restaurants, go to concerts, etc.

Parting thoughts? 
When choosing a residency program, make sure you pick a place where you can picture yourself being happy. My mentors gave me this advice, and they were absolutely right.