Matthew McCulloch, MD

Start Year
2016

Basics

Hometown?
Little Rock, AR

Where did you attend college/university?
Rhodes College

Where did you attend medical school?
University of Tennessee

What are your career goals?
Transitional care, QI

What did you do the summer before internship?
Explore Europe

There's so much going on at Duke, I feel like I'm getting a strong clinical experience and on top of that have the opportunity to pursue basically any other professional idea/interest I may have.

Reflections on the Duke program

What were you looking for in a residency program?
I wanted a Med-Peds residency program that was well-rounded and would offer strong training across the board, in the context of a friendly environment.

What are the strengths of the Duke program?
The Duke Med Peds program has a lot of great qualities. Our clinic in particular has been a fantastic experience. The faculty are very approachable and knowledgeable, and it's truly a blast to work with them in our own clinic. There's so much going on at Duke, I feel like I'm getting a strong clinical experience and on top of that have the opportunity to pursue basically any other professional idea/interest I may have.

What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff?
I've been very satisfied with the collegiality across specialties at Duke and between departments. The faculty have all been really approachable and fantastic teachers who really want us to have a good experience.

Tell us about your co-interns. How long did it take to connect?
It took about 5 seconds for my med peds class to get close. We were texting before we had even met and are known to always be hanging out together. They've been a great source of support!

About Duke University and Durham

What's best about living in Durham and the Triangle?
The Triangle area in general has so much to offer, from city to countryside, fine dining to diners, etc. Plus we're situated close to mountains and the beach. I'm enjoying all of the great food options in Durham and finding more and more places to do outdoor things too. There's tons of trails and parks nearby for hiking, running, and biking. Chapel Hill is close and has a fun college town feel.

Where did you choose to live, and why?
I chose to live in downtown Durham to be close to the food and fun! Downtown is a great place to live. I can bike to bakeries and restaurants, and the American Tobacco Trail. Plus I'm only an 8 minute drive from the hospital. Hard to beat.

Based on your life, what advice would you give about moving to Durham?
I'd say it's a fun place to live that is inexpensive and easy to navigate. Lots of well-educated young professionals in the area to be friends with.

What do you like to do outside of medicine?
I like being outdoors - hiking, biking, going to the beach. I also like going to the gym, watching movies, traveling.

Parting thoughts?
We're fun people who like learning, come check us out.