Where did you attend college/university?
Where did you attend medical school?
What are your career goals?
I’m interested in gastroenterology and general internal medicine / primary care. I am also passionate about medical education and mentorship and would love to find innovative ways to train and mentor future physicians.
What did you do the summer before internship?
I traveled to 10 countries, attended 4 weddings, and tried to finally learn how to cook.
From day 1, your co-residents, faculty, program leadership, and even the patients and all the hospital staff make you feel part of the #Dukefamily
Reflections on the Duke Program
What were you looking for in a residency program?
As someone who is interested in a lot of things professionally, I was looking for a place where I would receive an incredible training in general medicine and would also have ample opportunities to explore various subspecialties and avenues within medicine. I also wanted to be at a program with great mentorship, a true sense of community (both within and outside the hospital), and where people valued being happy and having fun!
What are the strengths of the Duke program?
The people, the people, the people. At Duke you’ll meet some of the most incredibly gifted but also humble and caring people. From day 1, your co-residents, faculty, program leadership, and even the patients and all the hospital staff make you feel part of the #Dukefamily. Also don’t forget the great southern food, four seasons, and Duke basketball!
What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff?
So far, all the faculty I have met are fantastic. They are committed to going above and beyond to do what is best for patients and everyone seems truly interested and dedicated to making residency a meaningful experience for the housestaff.
Tell us about your co-interns. How long did it take to connect?
AMAZING! Caring, brilliant, humble, down-to-earth, goofy. & it took us no time at all to connect — by the end of match day weekend, we had already sent each other 30+ emails, created a group Facebook, and a groupMe. The rest is history.
What has surprised you most about Duke?
Having gone to Duke for college, I felt like I had a good idea of what Duke camaraderie entailed. But I have been blown away by how much Duke IM feels and operates like a family.
About Duke University and Durham
What's best about living in Durham and the Triangle?
Durham has so many great restaurants and a strong food truck, trivia, and craft brew scene — all for prices that won’t break the bank! You get all 4 seasons, but not to the extremes. There are beaches a few hours to the east, the mountains a few hours to the west, and a ton of trails, the Duke Gardens, and fun outdoor activities nearby. And the college sports scene is unrivaled (go Duke!).
Where did you choose to live, and why?
I live in one of the new luxury apartment complexes within walking distance of Duke Hospital (~10 min walk) — which I can actually afford on a resident salary #durham. It has a full gym with weekly zumba, a pool often filled with food-shaped floaties, and free coffee 24/7.
Based on your life, what advice would you give about moving to Durham?
If you don’t have that much furniture, UPS is actually a great way to get your stuff to Durham. The housing market in Durham is booming, so consider buying a house. Definitely make sure your car / house / life has AC.
What do you like to do outside of medicine?
Play soccer, explore new breweries / food trucks / restaurants in the area, be bad at but continue to play trivia, travel, sleep, hang out with friends and family.