Melanie Cabezas, MD

Start Year
2019

Basics

Hometown
Tampa, FL

Where did you attend college/university?
University of Florida

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

What are your career goals?
I am interested in pursuing fellowship and to eventually work at an academic institution. Currently, I am undecided on what specialty in particular, but I do know that I am interested in supporting URM communities and improving health outcomes in those vulnerable population, particularly immigrant families.

What did you do the summer before Intern year?
I spent the summer before intern year with family in Florida. I also bought my first home and spent a good amount of time on moving in and home improvement projects.

"I was looking for a program that offered the best education, never compromised patient care, and would allow me to meet and work with others with similar values as my own. I hoped to find an institution with plentiful resources and opportunities as well. I found all of these things and more at Duke."

-Melanie Cabezas

Reflections on the Duke Program

What were you looking for in a residency program?
I was looking for a program that offered the best education, never compromised patient care, and would allow me to meet and work with others with similar values as my own. I hoped to find an institution with plentiful resources and opportunities as well. I found all of these things and more at Duke.

What are the strengths of the Duke Program?
The Duke Program has incredible faculty, fellow house staff, and administrators that are fully dedicated to teaching and clearly love doing it. Going to work is so enjoyable because of the people I get to interact with and learn from on a daily basis. The unique opportunity to work with world renowned experts and in such a supportive environment is second to none.

What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff?
Faculty have been extremely approachable and available to house staff. From my experience, they encourage autonomy and independent decision making, but are always available for support.

What has surprised you most about Duke?
I was surprised by how approachable and available all the faculty and staff are here. People at Duke truly enjoy teaching and make it a priority to do so. I have always felt very supported here and have felt at home among my peers.

About Duke University and Durham

What is the best thing about living in Durham and the Triangle?
The Triangle is such a fun place to live and work as a young adult. There are endless opportunities for entertainment-so many restaurants, theaters, cultural events etc.

How does the Triangle appeal to people of diverse backgrounds?
The Triangle is incredibly diverse in the kinds of people who live here. There are people from all over the world, from all educational backgrounds, and it is easy to see what a multicultural place it is when you are out in the community.

Where did you choose to live and why?
I bought a home in South Durham, about a 15 minute drive from the hospital. I chose to live in this area because it is a beautiful neighborhood with plenty of parks and nature trails. I also enjoy the proximity to shopping and restaurants.

What advice would you give to someone looking to move to Durham?
I would advise a person looking to mover to Durham to do their research when deciding on where to live. There are many different neighborhoods in Durham with different advantages depending on what you are looking for.

What are your interests outside of medicine?
I enjoy watching movies, going out with friends, and going on walks with my dog.