Sean Chen, MD

Start Year
2018

Basics

Hometown
Nashville, TN

College/University
Duke University

Medical School
Duke University School of Medicine

What are your career goals?
Academic Cardiology

What did you do the summer before internship?
Went to Paris, London, Amsterdam, and Barcelona and finished it off with a cruise through the Caribbean's.

Everyone is very approachable and genuinely interested in guiding your development as a clinician. There is guided autonomy to help us develop into critical, independent thinkers but always someone to point us in the right direction when we run into roadblocks. 

Sean Chen

Reflections on the Duke Program

What were you looking for in a residency program? 
I wanted a residency program that trained me to be a complete internal medicine physician in a rigorous clinical environment. I also wanted a place that had ample clinical research in Cardiology and there was no better place than Duke for both. 

What are the strengths of the Duke program? 
Duke is an incredible program with a broad range of opportunities to pursue your passion in healthcare. Personally, I wanted to find a program that emphasized outcomes based research and the opportunities available through the Duke Clinical Research Institute were unparalleled anywhere in the country. 

What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff? 
The faculty here are amazing and one of the biggest reasons why I chose to stay at Duke since college. Everyone is very approachable and genuinely interested in guiding your development as a clinician. There is guided autonomy to help us develop into critical, independent thinkers but always someone to point us in the right direction when we run into roadblocks. 

Tell us about your co-interns. How long did it take to connect? 
Pretty much immediately. We set up a groupme and facebook before we were even in town for orientation and are constantly trying to organize events for people to do. 

What has surprised you most about Duke? 
Having been at Duke since undergrad, there weren't too many things that surprised me about the area. However, I am still always pleasantly surprised at how friendly everyone in the program has been. 

About Duke University and Durham

What's best about living in Durham and the Triangle? 
The triangle has change drastically over the past few years. Between Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill, you can basically find anything you are looking for, from concerts, hiking, restaurants to microbreweries.

How does the Triangle appeal to people of diverse backgrounds? 
The Triangle area really caters to people from all walks of life. Because of the close proximity to multiple universities and industries, there are people living here from many different states and countries. 

Where did you choose to live, and why?
I live at the Heights. It's a 5 minute drive from the hospital and I chose to live there because it had the most amenities while still being very affordable.

Based on your life, what advice would you give about moving to Durham? 
Get a car! Durham has some forms of public transportation, but for the most part you will need to drive places. On the plus side there is very little traffic so everything is only a few minutes away.

What do you like to do outside of medicine?
Running, basketball, watching movies 

Parting thoughts? 
Don't overlook personal happiness when choosing a place to train!