Sara Coles, MD

Start Year
2018

Basics

Hometown
Livermore, CA

College/University
Azusa Pacific University 

Medical School
The Ohio State University College of Medicine

What are your career goals?
I plan to pursue a career in cardiology at an academic medical center

What did you do the summer before internship?
I went on many small vacations visiting family and friends, and I went to the Dominican Republic with friends as well.

If you want to push yourself in residency and at the same time do it surrounded by amazing people who will support you and open doors of opportunity for you along the way, then Duke is your place!

Sara Coles

Reflections on the Duke Program

What were you looking for in a residency program? 
I knew I wanted to be in a program that valued the advancement of our careers as much as balancing our lives with the non-medical things that make us whole. 

What are the strengths of the Duke program? 
Duke does a great job at pushing us to become excellent physicians with autonomy and high expectations. But they are also able to do this in a way that builds confidence, and support us by being sure that there are people around us to build us up and show us how. 

What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff? 
I’ve been struck at how already as an intern, I’ve been treated as a colleague. My opinion and perspective are valued, and the learning is much like a discussion rather than simple dictation. 

Tell us about your co-interns. How long did it take to connect?
My co-interns are fantastic people! From all walks of life, and all kinds of experiences. While we’re all so different, we have all gotten along so well and so quickly! The leadership of the program has done an incredible job at bringing together some pretty amazing, fun, and intelligent people.

What has surprised you most about Duke? 
I was surprised at how nice everyone is. No matter who I am interacting with, I have always been greeted with kindness.

About Duke University and Durham

What's best about living in Durham and the Triangle? 
The affordability here is great. Coming from California, it’s amazing how far your salary goes, and being able to enjoy a little bit of life while in residency is amazing! It’s also really beautiful, trees everywhere, and the beach is only a couple of hours away.

How does the Triangle appeal to people of diverse backgrounds? 
The area is rich in technology, pharmaceuticals, and medicine so it brings a ton of people from all over the country and keeps the area diverse.

Where did you choose to live, and why? 
I knew I wanted to live a small commute away from the hospital to get something a little larger for my husband and I without having to pay too much. The commute is very short though, and we were able to get a place that was the perfect size and a great price. 

Based on your life, what advice would you give about moving to Durham? 
I would say be ready to move to a place that used to be a town and is in transition to becoming a city. The infrastructure is in progress, and its building, but its not like living in a metropolitan area. There are a ton of new restaurants and bars to try out, and there is a nice arts scene with events in Durham and Raleigh. 

What do you like to do outside of medicine? 
I like to be outside whenever I can. Whether it’s at the pool, on a hike, or just going for a walk in the Duke gardens. I love to hang with my husband and we’ve had a great time discovering new places and things to do in the Durham area.

Parting thoughts? 
If you want to push yourself in residency and at the same time do it surrounded by amazing people who will support you and open doors of opportunity for you along the way, then Duke is your place!