Nicole Jawitz, MD

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Champaign, IL

Where did you attend college/university?
Washington University in St. Louis

Where did you attend medical school?

What are your career goals?
Gastroenterology, Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

What did you do the summer before internship?
I did a month-long global health elective in China, and then traveled throughout Japan

Reflections on the Duke program

What were you looking for in a residency program?
A rigorous program that would challenge me, but that was highly collegial and supportive.

What are the strengths of the Duke program?
The people! My co-residents are fabulous - they're smart, accomplished, and very hard-working, but also so grounded and fun to be around.

What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff?
The collegiality at Duke is truly unparalleled. I have had several opportunities to work on teams consisting of just myself and an attending, and the teaching has been wonderful, and the level of autonomy I have had is just right.

Tell us about your co-interns. How long did it take to connect?
Surprisingly, not long at all. I became very close friends with many of my co-residents within a matter of weeks. We all try to go to program sponsored events, to go out to dinner, or to do fun things around Durham on our days off together.

About Duke University and Durham

What's best about living in Durham and the Triangle?
There is so much to do here - downtown has lovely restaurants, there are lots of parks and trails to explore, and we're near Raleigh, which has a fun music scene and a fantastic farmer's market. The living here is easy, and relatively inexpensive. And, of course, Duke itself has a ton to offer!

What do you like to do outside of medicine?
I see as many of my friends as possible! I also love baking cakes and pastries, taking care of my orchid and avocado plants, and spending the day exploring new places with my husband.