Petra Brayo, MD

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Philadelphia by way of Cairo, Egypt

Where did you attend college/university? 
Temple University

Where did you attend medical school? 
Temple University

What additional degrees do you have and from what institution? 
I was a dual degree student in med school and also got my MA in Urban Bioethics and Health Policy

What are your career goals? 
I am one of the Neurology prelims. I am hoping that by 10 years down the line, I will be on track to be a clinician-researcher. There are so many cool things that are yet to be discovered about the human brain. 

What did you do the summer before internship? 
Traveled to Tokyo (highly recommend it), spent a lot of time with my family and friends back home, binge watched a couple of shows, and went on a quest to find the best cheesesteak in Philly!

Beginning from the program director to every resident that I met, I had this great sense that they got my back. 

Reflections on the Duke Program

What were you looking for in a residency program? 
A very supportive environment that will help me achieve my career goals all while making great friends and having fun! Residency is tough and I think it becomes easier when you feel that your program got your back every step of the way.

What are the strengths of the Duke program? 
The Duke Family. Beginning from the program director to every resident that I met, I had this great sense that they got my back. The teaching is superb too!

What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff? 
Very strong. Faculty are very invested in our learning and always trying to make our work environment great.

Tell us about your co-interns. How long did it take to connect? 
Right away. People are coming from everywhere. It doesn't matter where you're from, you'll find people here who will be awesome friends and coworkers.

What has surprised you most about Duke? 
The fanatical devotion to the basketball team.

About Duke University and Durham

What's best about living in Durham and the Triangle? 
I am still exploring my way around. I like that you get some urban element from the downtown area but also you're so close to nature. This is something I never had before.

How does the Triangle appeal to people of diverse backgrounds? 
I think the Triangle just attracts a very diverse group of people. Besides the hospital, I met people who moved to the area for various reasons and they all bring something interesting to the area.

Where did you choose to live, and why? 
I am renting about 10 minutes from the hospital. The location was just too convenient.

Based on your life, what advice would you give about moving to Durham? 
It's not the northeast anymore, but it's good different. I think I like the slower and more relaxed pace of life more. The people are also super friendly.

What do you like to do outside of medicine? 
I go to a lot of music performances, and I am on a mission to explore the food scene here.

Parting thoughts? 
I couldn't be happier I matched here!