Robert Diep, MD

Start Year


Queens, NY

Where did you attend college/university?
Duke University

Where did you attend medical school?
Stony Brook University

What are your career goals?
Academic Medicine/General Medicine/Nephrology

What did you do the summer before internship?
I worked as a SAT II tutor to fund my NYC food adventures and I went on a trip to Vietnam!

The program leadership is genuinely interested in our personal development and will do anything to help us achieve our goals. The network of support is unparalleled.

Reflections on the Duke program

What were you looking for in a residency program?
My ideal residency program combined world-class training from enthusiastic faculty with a sense of community and family at ever level. Duke does both exceptionally.

What are the strengths of the Duke program?
The academic strengths of the Duke program are indisputable. Every academic or research opportunity is at your fingertips, and they will work with you to create new ones if they don't exist already. The program leadership is genuinely interested in our personal development and will do anything to help us achieve our goals. The network of support is unparalleled.
At Duke, the house staff come first. We are listened to, and it is surprising how quickly the administration responds and turns our suggestions into reality.

What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff?
Faculty and house staff enjoy a very collegial relationship. House staff are respected and faculty care equally as much about our learning as they do about patient care, which is saying a lot. Even as an intern, you're given a high level of autonomy and help whenever you need it.

Tell us about your co-interns. How long did it take to connect?
My co-interns are an incredible group of people. We were connecting even before orientation by e-mail and Facebook. Even before orientation, pick-up basketball games, house gatherings, and BBQs were already being coordinated. With this group, sometimes you can forget that it's actually only been a few months into intern year!

About Duke University and Durham

What's best about living in Durham and the Triangle?
As a New Yorker, you can take my word that the Triangle has everything you would want or need within driving distance. I definitely have spent much of my free time exploring the food scene here and have not been disappointed. Asheville, only a couple hours west, is also a wonderful getaway.

How does the Triangle appeal to people of diverse backgrounds?
The Triangle is diverse and being in and nearby college-towns fosters even more racial, social and thought diversity.

Where did you choose to live, and why?
I couples matched with Rachel Feder and we are staying at Trinity Commons within walking distance from the hospital. We felt it would be nice not to drive if we didn't have to and we do not regret it!

Based on your life, what advice would you give about moving to Durham?
You will need a car to get around Durham. Other than that, there is an abundance of great, affordable housing. Reach out to residents to see where they're living and their thoughts on the area/building.

What do you like to do outside of medicine?
Basketball, cooking, and eating out!

Parting thoughts?
We are the first class through the 4+1 block scheduling here at Duke. The model really does work for resident wellness, minimizing inpatient interruptions, and maximizing outpatient continuity.
I'm only a few months into my intern year and so far it can be challenging at times. However, it has always been fun and the support system is amazing!