Where did you attend college/university?
Appalachian State University
Where did you attend medical school?
What are your career goals?
I'd like to stay in academic medicine and find a position where I can balance patient care with clinical research and medical education.
What did you do the summer before Intern year?
Got married, spent a week in Italy, and moved to Durham.
"Duke is strong all around, but I would say the biggest strength here is the learning environment. Faculty are passionate about teaching and the residents are excited to learn."
Reflections on the Duke Program
What were you looking for in a residency program?
When I was interviewing I was looking for a strong program with research support, happy residents, and located in a city where I could afford to live. Duke was an obvious choice for me at the end of interview season.
What are the strengths of the Duke Program?
Duke is strong all around, but I would say the biggest strength here is the learning environment. Faculty are passionate about teaching and the residents are excited to learn. It's also been really cool to go in to the hospital each day and work with world-class faculty who choose to spend their time teaching me.
What are you observations about the relationship between faculty and house staff?
Faculty here seem to really respect the house staff. Despite my limited experience I’m often asked for my opinion by faculty, which I wasn’t expecting, especially not as an intern. This has been great because everyone here is made to feel they’re an important member of the team, which keeps morale high.
Tell us about your co-interns. What has helped you connect, support each other, and form friendships?
My co-interns are all very impressive people, but still down-to-earth. I think the program leadership does a good job of selecting people who don’t take themselves too seriously.
What has surprised you most about Duke?
I'm still surprised at how nice everyone here is.
About Duke University and Durham
What is the best thing about living in Durham and the Triangle?
Good restaurants, easy access to the wilderness, no traffic, great weather, what’s not to like?
How does the Triangle appeal to people of diverse backgrounds?
The triangle has something for everyone. Raleigh has more of a big city feel, Chapel Hill is a college down, and Durham is somewhere in between.
Where did you choose to live and why?
I'm renting a house near downtown with my wife. I wanted a fenced backyard for my dog, and I wanted to be close enough to bike to work and downtown.
What advice would you give to someone looking to move to Durham?
I would recommend driving around to get a feel for where you would want to live. There is pretty much no traffic around here so don't feel like you need to live near the hospital.
What are your interests outside of medicine?
I play soccer, cook, and hike with my dog.