Where did you attend college/university?
Saint Mary's College of California
Where did you attend medical school?
Georgetown University School of Medicine
What are your career goals?
I am hoping to become a cardiologist. I've always loved the heart and I think it's a profession with limitless potential. I'm also very interested in critical care and am looking for a way to combine these two passions into a fulfilling career.
What did you do the summer before Intern year?
I traveled with friends and family! I went on a trip to Amsterdam with some friends from medical school, spent a week in the Outer Banks with all my friends, and flew back to California for a few weeks to be with my family. Best use of my time ever!
"Duke's mission for excellence extends well past our residents and faculty. It permeates throughout all of the support staff, which was a joy to discover. Everyone here is dedicated to doing the best they can for the patient."
Reflections on the Duke Program
What were you looking for in a residency program?
I was looking for colleagues and mentors with a strong bond and camaraderie. My other requirements were that I would have highly complex medical patients with good support and mentorship to help me achieve my career goals. Duke checked all of my boxes!
What are the strengths of the Duke Program?
The camaraderie among our co-residents is palpable, and we are not only close as co-workers, but we are good friends outside the hospital. Our associate program directors and Dr. Zaas are some of the most dedicated educators in the country, and genuinely care about our training and well-being. I'm also constantly being surprised and humbled by the talent and intelligence and compassion of my peers and mentors. I've found myself truly enjoying rotations that are incredibly tough and challenging because of my peers and co-interns.
What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff?
The faculty are amiable and truly care about us as residents and people. They are dedicated to teaching us and allowing us to grow as physicians by giving us graded autonomy, and we are real people to them, not a source of labor. This is especially true of the APDs and Dr. Zaas; it has been clear from day one that they are in our corner, and they make this program feel like a family.
Tell us about your co-interns. What has helped you connect, support each other, and form friendships?
Within hours of orientation, we were already becoming a close knit group. I've been blessed in my life to have many incredible groups of friends, and my co-interns have continued that trend. My co-interns are the kind of people I would hope to have take care of my family, and I'm so often humbled by their compassion, intelligence, and their determination.
What has surprised you most about Duke?
Duke's mission for excellence extends well past our residents and faculty. It permeates throughout all of the support staff, which was a joy to discover. Everyone here is dedicated to doing the best they can for the patient.
About Duke University and Durham
What is the best thing about living in Durham and the Triangle?
I love the smaller town feel and there are so many great places to grab a beer or dinner. There are many great trails and parks in our surrounding area, and after living in Washington, DC for four years, I will say the cost and ease of living is substantially better here in Durham without sacrificing many social opportunities.
How does the Triangle appeal to people of diverse backgrounds?
The Triangle is a hub for education, both medical and non-medical, and draws in students from around the world. Durham itself is a diverse town as well, and our program reflects that.
Where did you choose to live and why?
I have chosen to live in an apartment complex about half a mile from the hospital, where I can walk easily (weather permitting) to the hospital and be at my workroom in about 10-15 minutes. It has been really convenient to be so close, and I have quick access to the freeway, so I can get downtown in less than ten minutes.
What advice would you give to someone looking to move to Durham?
You have to decide what really matters to you in a place that you live. For me, being able to be close to nature, with a larger space to live, and easy parking and affordability were all criteria for me. There are townhouses, luxury apartments, and even single family homes that you can rent, and the market is still good enough that many residents are considering buying or have bought a house.
What are your interests outside of medicine?
I love exercise, and anything related to the water or the outdoors, especially swimming, scuba diving, or trail running/hiking. I've also recently been getting more into golf, and there are a few good courses around here.