Michael Grant, MD

Start Year
2016

Basics

Hometown
Smithtown, NY

Where did you attend college/university?
Dickinson College

Where did you attend medical school?
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

What are your career goals?
Hematology/Oncology

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 be challenged and work hard to get better everyday.  I desired a program where the faculty and house staff was approachable and supportive.

What are the strengths of the Duke program?
This program has many strengths- one being the collegial 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. People come to Duke from all over the country to seek medical care- the diversity of the patient population and pathology is remarkable.

What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff?
There is a certain culture of positivity here at Duke. The Department of Medicine faculty have a lot of confidence in the house staff, and in turn, provide the right balance of support and autonomy.  It creates an ideal environment for clinical development.

Tell us about your co-interns. How long did it take to connect?
I am regularly impressed by my co-residents.  I connected with them instantly and I'm amazed at how smart, humble, and motivated they are.

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?
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 Berkshire Main Street with my wife. It is less than a mile from Duke University Hospital and the Durham VA and about 10 minutes from Duke Regional Hospital. My wife commutes to Raleigh for work which is about a 20-25 minute drive. It is very affordable and comfortable and in a nice location between the medical campus and downtown Durham.

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 University campus, experiment with local breweries, attend college football and basketball games, spend time outdoors.  I also enjoy venturing out to Raleigh, Boone, Asheville, and Wrightsville Beach.