Mary-Jo Obeid, MD, MPH

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Beirut, Lebanon and Sydney, Australia

Where did you attend college/university?
American University of Beirut

Where did you attend medical school?
American University of Beirut

What other degrees do you hold and from what institutions?
Master of Public Health - The University of Sydney

What are your career goals?
I hope to pursue a fellowship in Cardiology. I also want a career in academic medicine where I can continue to grow as a clinician, educator, researcher and public health advocate.

What did you do the summer before intern year?
I spent time with my family in Australia!

Reflections on the Duke Program

What were you looking for in a residency program?
I was looking for a program that would provide me with excellent clinical training and research opportunities, but more importantly, a work environment that is supportive, motivated, enthusiastic, and f

What are the strengths of the Duke Program?
The Duke family! The support has been incredible. Besides the excellent clinical training and research opportunities available, the collegial atmosphere has been incomparable.

What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff?
The relationship between the faculty and house staff at Duke is one of the main reasons I decided to join the program. During my away rotations as a medical student at Duke, I was amazed by how the faculty was always so eager to teach, give feedback, and support house staff throughout their training.

Tell us about your co-interns. What has helped you connect, support each other, and form friendships?
My co-interns have become my second family. We have been so supportive of each other and have explored Durham together. I couldn’t have asked for a better intern class!

About Duke University and Durham

How does the Triangle appeal to people of diverse backgrounds?
Being an international medical graduate, I didn’t know what to expect when I moved to Durham. I was surprised by the level of diversity present in the Triangle. Within two months, I have already met and worked with people from diverse backgrounds as well.

What advice would you give to someone looking to move to Durham?
It's great! I’ve lived in different cities before moving to Durham, and I can honestly say that it has a lot to offer, including great restaurants, hiking trails, and breweries.

What are your interests outside of medicine? 
I'm a big foodie! I'm always looking to try new restaurants and Durham has not disappointed. I also enjoy cooking, indoor cycling, pilates, and traveling.