Where did you attend college/university?
Where did you attend medical school?
Indiana University School of Medicine
What are your career goals?
What did you do the summer before internship?
I got married the week after medical school graduation. I then went on a two week honeymoon to Europe and then moved to Durham shortly after returning.
From my experience, faculty allow the house staff to take control of their patient's and respective teams, but are there for support and backup when needed. The faculty I have worked with have been very kind and are eager to teach and further your education.
Reflections on the Duke Program
What were you looking for in a residency program?
I was looking for a program that had a strong reputation in training excellent clinicians as well as the opportunity to conduct research in a structured academic setting. Location was also a very important factor for me. I wanted to find a place that my wife and I could live affordably while also being able to find things to enjoy our time away from work.
What are the strengths of the Duke program?
First and foremost, the people. Right away, I felt like I was taken in and made a part of the Duke family. I was initially nervous about transitioning from a medical student to an intern, but the people here have made this transition very smooth. Other strengths include faculty that are at the top of their respective fields, a multitude of research opportunity, and the great program leadership.
What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff?
The relationships between faculty and house staff are great. From my experience, faculty allow the house staff to take control of their patient's and respective teams, but are there for support and backup when needed. The faculty I have worked with have been very kind and are eager to teach and further your education.
Tell us about your co-interns. How long did it take to connect?
My co-interns are great. They are all very social as well as very intelligent people. We have people that have come from all over the country and bring a variety of attributes to our class. It didn't take very long for us all to connect. Most of us moved to Durham a couple weeks prior to starting orientation. We had social events scheduled pretty much every night up until our start date.
About Duke University and Durham
What's best about living in Durham and the Triangle?
The best thing about living in Durham and the Triangle is the food and beer. There are so many unique restaurants around the area that have excellent food options. I have yet to find a place where I didn't like my meal. The craft beer here is also awesome. There are multiple breweries that have a variety of tasty beer ranging from IPA to stouts. The outdoors are great here too!
Where did you choose to live, and why?
I chose to live just northwest of campus, about a ten minute drive away in a townhouse. My wife and I wanted to find a place that was close enough to get home quickly after a long shift, but far enough away from the commotion of everyday life.
Based on your life, what advice would you give about moving to Durham?
I think that many people are concerned when considering Duke that Durham is too small and that there isn't anything to do. This couldn't be further from the truth. During my days off, I have made day trips to the beaches in Wilmington, hiked near the Eno River, and played golf at the beautiful courses in the surrounding area. I have also found that the cost of living is great compared to many big cities, allowing my wife and I to live very comfortably. My advice would be to keep an open mind, and trust that "gut" feeling when considering location for residency.
What do you like to do outside of medicine?
I love to play basketball, sand volleyball, and golf. Pretty much anything sports related. I also like to try new restaurants, hike, and sometimes just be lazy on the couch.
Enjoy 4th year of medical school! It truly is a great year and a good excuse to spend money on travel.