Monty Natour, MD

Basics

Hometown
Lynchburg, VA

Where did you attend college/university? 
Duke University

Where did you attend medical school? 
Virginia Commonwealth University

What are your career goals? 
Congenital heart disease

What did you do the summer before internship? 
Board/card games and lots of ice cream

At Duke, you get the information you both want and need from an astonishing number of sources. 

Reflections on the Duke Program

What were you looking for in a residency program? 
I wanted a program that would turn me into an excellent general clinician. Being at a program with fellowships in my field of interest was equally critical. But I also wanted to be within driving distance of my family. Duke was and is perfect. 

What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff? 
The faculty here are dedicated to making you a confidently capable doctor. Every attending I have worked with has made house staff the shot-caller in patient care.

Tell us about your co-interns. How long did it take to connect? 
My co-interns are the best in the world.

What has surprised you most about Duke? 
The dedication to teaching was something I did not expect. For some reason, I thought a powerhouse academic hospital would focus less on clinical teaching and more on research. Every faculty member I've worked with teaches both at the bedside and in the team room. My upper levels find time to teach as well. All the nurses, NPs, PAs, social workers are happy to teach me and my co-interns. At Duke, you get the information you both want and need from an astonishing number of sources. Also, the quality of the cafeteria here is astounding.

About Duke University and Durham

What's best about living in Durham and the Triangle?
No major traffic. Affordability. NanaTaco. 

Where did you choose to live, and why? 
My roommate is a friend from medical school. We decided to live in an apartment complex 5-10m away by car from the hospital. Everything we could possibly want - grocery stores, gyms, shopping, nightlife - is also about 5-10m away.

What do you like to do outside of medicine? 
Board games, trading card games, lifting, violin, and reading 0.99 books on Kindle.