Neha Kayastha, MD

Start Year


Whitehouse Station, NJ

Rutgers University

Medical School
Duke University School of Medicine

What are your career goals?
I still have a lot of medicine to explore and learn about, but I know that I love taking care of patients, so practicing clinical medicine will definitely be the strong focus of my career. I love palliative care and am interested in medical education.

What did you do the summer before internship?
I went to India to see my grandma, and I spent a lot of time at home with my family! My sister also got engaged, so we did a lot of wedding planning :)

Life in Durham is easy, and in choosing a program I was looking for a location where my life outside of the hospital could be as stress-free as possible. 

Neha Kayastha

Reflections on the Duke Program

What were you looking for in a residency program?
First and foremost I was looking for a strong clinical education. My goal for residency is to graduate as a strong internist, and I have no doubt this program will get me there. There are many programs that can offer strong training- the thing that sets Duke apart is the fact that this training happens in the most supportive environment. 

What are the strengths of the Duke program? 
The Duke family! You'll hear this term a lot when you're here, and it couldn't be a more accurate description of the experience here. The training is intense, the research opportunities are endless, as are the opportunities to teach and lead. What makes all of this enjoyable is the fact that your co-interns step up to help when you need it, your upper level residents and attendings set you up for success every day, and your program leadership is your biggest cheerleader. 

What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff? 
The faculty here are so energized about teaching, and also learning from their teams. This creates a team dynamic that lends itself to two-way learning, which makes every day so much fun.

Tell us about your co-interns. How long did it take to connect? 
My co-interns are amazing! They are people who I trust with my patients at work. And they are people I want to hang out with after work! What more could I ask for?

What has surprised you most about Duke? 
I went to Duke for medical school so I assumed there would be no surprises. I found myself surprised on interview day to fall in love with the program all over again.

About Duke University and Durham

What's best about living in Durham and the Triangle? 
Life in Durham is easy, and in choosing a program I was looking for a location where my life outside of the hospital could be as stress-free as possible. 

How does the Triangle appeal to people of diverse backgrounds? 
Durham and the Triangle has something for everyone. If you're a foodie, you'll love the restaurant scene here. If you're an outdoor person, there's no lack of hiking and biking trails. We're a few hours from beautiful mountains and beaches. If you're a city person, Raleigh is close by. 

Where did you choose to live, and why? 
I live in an apartment complex downtown. I have an easy drive to work and am close to lots of good restaurants when I come home

Based on your life, what advice would you give about moving to Durham? 
If you're coming from a big city, Durham may seem small, but give it a shot. I would also recommend having a car here.

What do you like to do outside of medicine? 
I like hiking, dancing, eating food, and hanging out with my family and friends