Nathan Hirshman, MD

Start Year


Durham, NC

Where did you attend college/university?
University of Virginia

Where did you attend medical school?
Duke University School of Medicine

What are your career goals?
I'm currently undecided on the specific field, but I am interested in pursuing an academic career in subspecialty medicine.

What did you do the summer before intern year?
I got married and went on my honeymoon!

"The faculty members are truly committed to the education of the house staff. It is exciting to work with faculty who are invested in helping you become a better physician." 

-Nathan Hirshman

Reflections on the Duke Program

What were you looking for in a residency program?
My ideal residency program is one that would push me to become the best physician possible by providing excellent clinical and research mentors while also exposing me to a wide-variety of pathology. Additionally, I wanted to train in an environment that would help support my interests outside of the hospital.

What are the strengths of the Duke Program?
As a resident at Duke, you get to work with some of the greatest clinicians and innovators in medicine. These individuals serve as an amazing resource and can help shape your future by providing opportunities you would not have at another institution. Equally as important, the program leadership truly care about the house staff. From my time here as a medical student, it was evident that the residents are a priority and that the leadership will support us as we progress through this exciting and challenging stage of our careers.

What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff?
The faculty members are truly committed to the education of the house staff. It is exciting to work with faculty who are invested in helping you become a better physician.

Tell us about your co-interns. What has helped you connect, support each other, and form friendships? 
I am fortunate to have some of my best friends in the program. It makes my day so much better getting to work with them in the hospital.

What has surprised you most about Duke?
I am happy to say that I was surprised at how quickly the intern class became a cohesive group.

About Duke University and Durham

What is the best thing about living in Durham and the Triangle?
I love Durham. One of the many reasons I wanted to stay at Duke for residency is the city of Durham. The triangle has so much to offer and the quality of life can not be beat.

How does the Triangle appeal to people of diverse backgrounds?
The triangle has so much to offer to its residents! It has a little something for everyone. The restaurant scene here has really grown over the past decade and Durham is perfectly located in between the beaches and the mountains, making a weekend trip to either place very easy. Plus there is all of the college basketball one could ask for and more!

Where did you choose to live and why?
I live in a townhouse complex about a 5 minute drive from Duke. I lived in the same townhouse during medical school and loved the neighborhood feel, the space, and the convenience to both the hospital and downtown.

What are your interests outside of medicine?
I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, exploring new restaurants in Durham, cheering for the Carolina panthers, and watching as much ACC basketball as possible.