Sachiko Oshima, MD

Start Year
2021

Basics

Hometown
Columbus, OH

Where did you attend college/university?
Harvard University

Where did you attend medical school?
Duke School of Medicine

What are your career goals?
While I am unsure of what specialty I would like to pursue following residency, I know I want to do some mixture of research in addressing health disparities, alongside outpatient and hospital-based clinical work.

Reflections on the Duke Program

What were you looking for in a residency program?
I was looking for a supportive program filled with people who take their work seriously, but don't take themselves too seriously.

What are the strengths of the Duke Program?
Going to medical school at Duke, I was already in love with the Duke and Durham communities. Duke Internal Medicine is filled with kind, intelligent, and dedicated people and I am grateful I get to be a part of the Duke Family!

What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff?
Faculty are generous with their time and energy, taking time to get to know house staff while also doing on the fly teaching.

Tell us about your co-interns. What has helped you connect, support each other, and form friendships?
My co-interns are wonderful! We've gotten the chance to do fun things like try restaurants around Durham, hike, and hang out. Of course, we also get to spend time in the hospital together, always making sure we check-in on each other during the hard days and learning together as we make our way through residency.

What has surprised you most about Duke?
The support from the upper level residents - I've learned so much from them!

About Duke University and Durham

What is the best thing about living in Durham and the Triangle?
The amazing hiking right outside the hospital doors.

How does the Triangle appeal to people of diverse backgrounds?
There are so many things to do in the Triangle - restaurants, museums, art, hiking - something for everyone!

Where did you choose to live and why?
I live in a house in Durham that I lived in for medical school in South Durham - it's a very convenient area around halfway between Durham and Chapel Hill with lots of trails.

What are your interests outside of medicine?
I spend my days off with my family and friends, hiking, cooking, going to the farmer's market and gardening.