Where did you attend college/university?
Where did you attend medical school?
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
What are your career goals?
Heme/Onc or Cardiology
Come down and check out Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill and go to a sporting event, eat at different restaurants, try the breweries. There really is a lot to do around the Triangle!
Reflections on the Duke program
What were you looking for in a residency program?
I was looking for a place where I would have no reservations about my preparedness after 3 years. I wanted to work hard but feel comfortable and supported.
What are the strengths of the Duke program?
Duke's program has many strengths- one being the family atmosphere. Many of the fellows and attendings have trained here and are very invested in the residency program. It also helps that the staff at the hospital is very well-trained and motivated- one of the things that I noticed right off the bat. People come to Duke from hours and hours away to seek medical care- the diversity of the patient population and pathology is astonishing.
What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff?
Nothing but support and positivity. I feel comfortable approaching all staff and when I feel shaky about a decision I always have somewhere to turn for help or advice.
Tell us about your co-interns. How long did it take to connect?
Really have been impressed with my co-interns. I connected with them instantly and I'm amazed at how smart, yet humble and easygoing, they are. They remind me of my friends from high school/college/med school.
About Duke University and Durham
What's best about living in Durham and the Triangle?
Coming from New York, I have been really impressed by how easy it is to get around, how much there is to do, and how much less expensive things are here.
How does the Triangle appeal to people of diverse backgrounds?
Lots of culture in the Triangle region and I'm looking forward to exploring it in the three years (and beyond) to come. Because of the many opportunities in various industries and many reputable institutions here, there are so many people from all over the country- and world- living in this area.
Where did you choose to live, and why?
I live at 300 Swift. It's a little over a mile from the hospitals. I live with my girlfriend in a 1-bedroom with a lot of space- and a nice pool, a theater, and an awesome gym. She commutes to Raleigh for work which is about a 20-25 minute drive. It is very affordable and comfortable. Couldn't be happier with the digs.
Based on your life, what advice would you give about moving to Durham?
I visited this area a few times before deciding it is where I wanted to be for residency. Come down and check out Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill and go to a sporting event, eat at different restaurants, try the breweries. There really is a lot to do around the Triangle!
What do you like to do outside of medicine?
Play basketball at the Duke gyms, try different local beers, spend time outdoors, visit Raleigh, Duke basketball and football games, and most of all hang with my interns.