Where did you attend college/university?
Where did you attend medical school?
Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine
What additional degrees do you have, and from what institution?
Master of Science, Georgetown University
What are your career goals?
What did you do the summer before internship?
Drove California State Route 1
When it comes to the Program Leadership I could go on for days. We are very lucky here to have people looking out for our best interests, willing and excited to reflect and change, and who are consistently on the floor side-by-side sharing in our passion for care.
Reflections on the Duke program
What were you looking for in a residency program?
I was looking for a program that would challenge me to be better every single day. I wanted to be surrounded by others who shared my passion to "chase the why" in what we do. I wanted to work with people who went home after a long day with a feeling of satisfaction and shared my excitement to come back and do it again the next day.
What are the strengths of the Duke program?
It goes without saying that you will be surrounded by world class research, amazing faculty, and interesting patients. For me I was hooked after watching on interview day the empathetic manner that each person, from medical student to attending, brought to the patient’s bedside. To surround myself with those focused on the humanistic aspects, who took pride in the art of patient care was of the utmost importance to me. After my interview it was a clear choice and I have never looked back.
What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff?
The interactions have been incredible. I have consistently felt to be an equal voice in the management of patients on the service. I have been given as much autonomy as I can handle while always knowing that support is all-around. When it comes to the Program Leadership I could go on for days. We are very lucky here to have people looking out for our best interests, willing and excited to reflect and change, and who are consistently on the floor side-by-side sharing in our passion for care.
Tell us about your co-interns. How long did it take to connect?
I am consistently impressed every day by the diversity of experiences and stories that have led each of us to Duke. It is such a pleasure to come and work side-by-side with them. Although I have no doubt I am in the presence of some of the brightest minds in the country everyone is extraordinarily humble and hardworking. I head home every day with a smile because of the intern class I am lucky to be a part of.
About Duke University and Durham
What's best about living in Durham and the Triangle?
Everyone is amazingly friendly. It is near impossible to walk ten feet without someone saying hi or asking how your day is going! The area has a focus on the outdoors. With both a diversity of natural beauty to outdoor bars/restaurants you have plenty of opportunity to make time out of the hospital count.
Where did you choose to live, and why?
I wanted to live in a place that was close to the hospital but also near enough to downtown. I wanted a place where several of my colleagues lived that was safe. I found all of this at Berkshire Main Street.
Based on your life, what advice would you give about moving to Durham?
Bring shorts. Summers are hot. It seems like a simple fact, but a hot summer day has a new meaning for this New Yorker.
What do you like to do outside of medicine?
I love to be outside. You can find me camping, running, hiking, biking or at a Durham Bulls game.
If you share in a passion for care, a commitment to better yourself every day, and are ready to become friends with extraordinary people we look forward to welcoming you on July 1st.