Overland Park, KS
Where did you attend college/university?
Where did you attend medical school?
University of Missouri - Columbia
What are your career goals?
Generally speaking, to provide patient-centered and evidence-based care for each of my patients. At this point in residency, I plan to pursue a fellowship in Cardiology.
What did you do the summer before Intern year?
I took a trip with my fiancé, Laura, to Thailand and Bali! I also spent as much time as possible catching up with my friends and family.
"The people make the program what it is, and the people here truly care about one another. Duke is full of bright residents and attendings who are all willing to go out of their busy work days to help you at any moment."
Reflections on the Duke Program
What were you looking for in a residency program?
I was looking for a residency program that I felt was going to challenge both me and my colleagues to get the most out of ourselves over the three years. I wanted to find a program where the residents seemed to have great interactions with each other as well as the attendings.
What are the strengths of the Duke Program?
First and foremost, there is undeniably a culture that is centered around family. The people make the program what it is, and the people here truly care about one another. Duke is full of bright residents and attendings who are all willing to go out of their busy work days to help you at any moment.
What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff?
I have been most surprised by how genuine and sincere faculty members have been in getting to know me and my fellow residents on a personal level. Additionally, faculty members are consistently encouraging us residents to think critically and make the difficult decisions for our patients all while providing the appropriate amount of support.
Tell us about your co-interns. What has helped you connect, support each other, and form friendships?
My co-interns are great about maintaining a healthy work-life balance. It seems as though people are constantly posting in the GroupeMe about activities they have heard going on in the area or inviting us to their houses/apartments.
What has surprised you most about Duke?
How real the "Duke Family" truly is. I had heard about it prior to arriving for orientation, yet each day I am realizing more and more how exciting it is to be a member and to share in the experiences of all those involved.
About Duke University and Durham
What is the best thing about living in Durham and the Triangle?
Durham is not too big and not too small. There is plenty of entertainment and even more great places to eat. Also, if you are looking for a quick weekend get-away, there great cities to visit (as well as beaches and mountains) that are just a short road trip away. The weather is a huge plus as well, especially if you like spending time outdoors.
Where did you choose to live and why?
I chose to live on 9th Street. It is a close 5 minute drive to the hospital which I especially value. There is plenty of great shopping and restaurants that are all within walking distance, and even with all of the close entertainment, it is still a quiet area that is nice come home to.
What advice would you give to someone looking to move to Durham?
Explore your options, as they can appear endless. This can be good or bad depending on how you look at it, but it is nice to know that there is probably something out there that will fit exactly what you are seeking.
What are your interests outside of medicine?
I'm a huge sports fan, both playing and watching. I enjoy running, cooking/grilling, and spending time outdoors.