Matthew Abbott, MD

Start Year
2019

Basics

Hometown
Anadarko, OK

Where did you attend college/university?
Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Where did you attend medical school?
University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine

What are your career goals?
Undecided, but likely subspecialty training.

What did you do the summer before intern year?
Rocked the stay-at-home dad life with my son, Connor, who was born in February of 2019.

The #Dukefamily is as real as I anticipated on interview day! The faculty, staff, and residents are incredibly supportive of each other in both clinical and non-clinical settings. I'm always learning from the people around me and it has been great to be at a program where I feel comfortable to do so.

-Matthew Abbott

Reflections on the Duke Program

What were you looking for in a residency program?
I wanted to find a program that would provide me with diverse opportunities within internal medicine, including in populations at a Veterans Affairs hospital and university-based hospital. Additionally, I was looking for a residency that I knew I'd feel comfortable working in and that would support my goals throughout training.

What are the strengths of the Duke Program?
Duke has many strengths and most notably among them includes the clinical opportunities and supportive faculty and staff. Duke offers very diverse clinical experiences through the VA and Duke University hospital which allows trainees to learn from some of the best patients in the country. The faculty and staff are so supportive of residents' success in becoming phenomenal physicians.

What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff?
In my experience at Duke so far, the relationships with faculty have been very supportive! They take pride in educating residents and providing the right amount of autonomy. The faculty are always available and are always helping residents provide the best patient care.

Tell us about your co-interns. What has helped you connect, support each other, and form friendships?
My co-interns are great! They are genuine, brilliant, and supportive! GroupMe has been a great resource for our class during residency so far. People are frequently coordinating opportunities to enjoy life outside of work. It has also been a platform for helping each other get through the day-to-day with tips and tricks for each rotation.

What has surprised you most about Duke?
The #Dukefamily is as real as I anticipated on interview day! The faculty, staff, and residents are incredibly supportive of each other in both clinical and non-clinical settings. I'm always learning from the people around me and it has been great to be at a program where I feel comfortable to do so.

About Duke University and Durham

What is the best thing about living in Durham and the Triangle?
Durham is growing! The restaurant and brewery scene is rapidly expanding and continues to be a great pastime for life outside of the hospital.

How does the Triangle appeal to people of diverse backgrounds?
Durham is a great city for residents and new families. Durham is affordable and accessible, which makes the day-to-day workflow easier to manage when you have limited time outside of work.

Where did you choose to live and why?
My family and I live in a single-family home in east Durham just north of Brier Creek. At the time of moving, we weren't sure if my wife would be employed in Durham or Raleigh and this area is a nice in-between. It's about 15 minutes to Duke and downtown Durham and about 25 minutes to downtown Raleigh. It's also only 10 minutes from the airport and one of North Carolina's many state parks (William B. Umstead)

What advice would you give to someone looking to move to Durham?
Durham is a great city for families! There is a great food scene, a lot of great parks, and being close to both the beach and mountains is a great asset. All of this is accessible for busy professionals without much hassle or cost.

What are your interests outside of medicine?
I enjoy spending time with my family, which includes my wife, infant son, and dog. We enjoy cooking together, spending time outdoors, and exploring new coffee shops.