Rebecca Lumsden, MD

Start Year
2016

Basics

Hometown
Manchester, MA

Where did you attend college/university?
Emory University

Where did you attend medical school?
University of Massachusetts Medical School

What are your career goals?
Global health has been a large driver of my path to medicine, and I am primarily interested in pursuing an international clinical research career focused on non-communicable diseases in low- and middle-income countries.

What did you do the summer before internship?
I spent much of it on an airplane or in a car, between Kenya (where I spent much of 4th year of medical school), Massachusetts (home), California (for my brother's wedding!), and moving to North Carolina! It was quite a whirlwind, but super worth it!

Despite being housed in a large hospital, I feel like I'm in a small community where everyone smiles and waves hi in the random hallways of the hospital (and noon conference is like a big social event with all your friends!). 

Reflections on the Duke program

What were you looking for in a residency program?
I was looking for a rigorous program that would give me enough autonomy to challenge me but do so within a supportive, community and team-focused environment.

What are the strengths of the Duke program?
Duke has all the strengths of "old-school" residency in that house staff are the foundation of the hospital and there is a lot of focus in providing residents with adequate independence to learn how to be decision-makers and team leaders. What's more amazing, though, is how engaged and supportive the program leadership is and how invested everyone is (not just the leadership!) in us both as residents and as people. Despite being housed in a large hospital, I feel like I'm in a small community where everyone smiles and waves hi in the random hallways of the hospital (and noon conference is like a big social event with all your friends!). 

Tell us about your co-interns. How long did it take to connect?
I still do not know all of our intern class, which is kind of crazy but also pretty cool because there are always more people to get to know. Being on certain rotations (cough VA Gen Med) has been a huge bonding experience with some of my co-interns and JARs and we already have all kinds of hilarious and sobering stories that connect us. The intern class is super awesome! 

Cake, laughs...and pages! (Residency staff gave the JARs a cake to celebrate the end of their intern year...and the beginning of ours!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cake, laughs...and pages! (Residency staff gave the JARs a cake to celebrate the end of their intern year...and the beginning of ours!) 

 

Publications

Lumsden, RH, Akwanalo, C, Chepkwony, S, Kithei, A, Omollo, V, Holland, TL, Bloomfield, GS, and O'Meara, WP. "Clinical and geographic patterns of rheumatic heart disease in outpatients attending cardiology clinic in western Kenya." International Journal of Cardiology 223 (November 2016): 228-235.

PMID
27541662
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