Matthew Carlisle, MD

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Birmingham, Alabama

Where did you attend college/university? 
Auburn University

Where did you attend medical school? 
University of Alabama School of Medicine 

What are your career goals? 

What did you do the summer before internship? 
I got married to my wife Jamie, and we went to Turks and Caicos. I also attended three of my best friends weddings before moving to Durham. 

When choosing a program for residency really consider if you fit in with the residents and culture of the program. Your future co-interns and residents will shape how you practice medicine.

Reflections on the Duke Program

What were you looking for in a residency program? 
I was looking for a residency program that would provide a supportive environment for learning while allowing me to take an active role in patient care. I wanted a program that had strong camaraderie among the residents. 

What are the strengths of the Duke program? 
Duke has many strengths including a diverse patient population, unparalleled teaching by experts in every field, and numerous research opportunities. The main strength that I think sets Duke apart is the willingness of everyone to work together and support one another like a family. 

What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff? 
The faculty and house staff are some of the brightest and most caring people I have had encountered. I have been really impressed by how cohesive and supportive everyone is. 

Tell us about your co-interns. How long did it take to connect? 
I needed help unloading a U-haul when I was moving into my apartment in Durham, and sent a text out to our group. Within five minutes I had two interns willing to help who I had not even met yet. We get together at least 2-3 times a week and I know that my interns and upper level residents will be many of my life-long friends. 

What has surprised you most about Duke? 
Duke is composed of some of the most gifted and exceptional people I have ever met. I was amazed at the humility that everyone showed, from attending physicians to my co-interns. No one takes themselves too seriously, which is really important since everyone is here to learn together.

About Duke University and Durham

What's best about living in Durham and the Triangle? 
There is always something fun to do in Durham no matter what you are interested in There are local outdoors activities like going to the river, lake, farmers market, or a local brewery nearby. You can take weekend trips to the beach, mountains, or Asheville. There are plenty of places to go for good food and drinks. Durham is relatively easy to navigate and there is nearby Chapel Hill and Raleigh if you are wanting to see different cities. 

How does the Triangle appeal to people of diverse backgrounds? 
The triangle has a rich history and has had a revitalization of music and arts in recent years. I feel like there is always something going on each weekend. My class comes from a variety of backgrounds and is always finding different activities for us to enjoy as a class.

Where did you choose to live, and why? 
I chose to live downtown to be close to a lot of the restaurants and other attractions. I think there are a variety of apartments and houses to accommodate everyone's individual preferences. I enjoy being close to the hospital (within 8-10 minutes) and close to downtown. You can find great houses within 15 minutes of the hospital as well. 

Based on your life, what advice would you give about moving to Durham? 
I would take your time and look at all the housing options before making a decision. Determine what is most important to you (cost of rent, proximity to the hospital, proximity to downtown) before making a decision. There are always places to rent around Durham, and there are so many options when you move up here. 

What do you like to do outside of medicine? 
I really enjoy any outdoors activities which is why Durham has been a great experience so far. There are plenty of biking and hiking trails around the city. I love traveling as well which is great because there are so many places to explore in North Carolina. Whether it be a trip to Raleigh for a concert, to the Biltmore in Asheville, the Blue Ridge mountains, or the beaches at the Outer Banks, there is really something for everyone interested in being outdoors.

Parting thoughts? 
When choosing a program for residency really consider if you fit in with the residents and culture of the program. Your future co-interns and residents will shape how you practice medicine.