Sean Doerfler, MD

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Douglaston, NY

Where did you attend college/university? 
Amherst College

Where did you attend medical school? 
University of Pittsburgh

What are your career goals? 

What did you do the summer before internship? 
I married the love of my life and flew off to Hawaii for an amazing honeymoon!

You work with some amazing, accomplished people and you wouldn't know it until you look them up. 

Reflections on the Duke Program

What were you looking for in a residency program? 
I was looking for a respected residency program where I would be surrounded by people who love what they do, who look out for each other and who I would genuinely enjoy spending 80 hours a week working with. 

What are the strengths of the Duke program? 
The people you're surrounded by are amazing. They're not only whip smart and accomplished, but they're kind, good people who you feel lucky to work with.

What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff? 
As an intern I've felt respected by the faculty since Day 1. You work with some amazing, accomplished people and you wouldn't know it until you look them up. Those faculty who bring in breakfast for the team in the morning of course are my favorite however.

Tell us about your co-interns. How long did it take to connect? 
Our intern class is great and we all bonded very quickly. In the first few days of orientation we went out on a hike and hit up the town a few times. Since then we've often gotten together for brunch, dinner, hanging by the pool etc. 

What has surprised you most about Duke? 
How much effort the program puts into making sure your doing ok and that your life outside of the hospital is going well. In particular I've been so happy with the efforts the program has made to include significant others in events and integrate them into the Duke medicine community.

About Duke University and Durham

What's best about living in Durham and the Triangle? 
The warm weather and how affordable it is compared to the Northeast. Coming from Pittsburgh I'm very excited for a mild winter and long spring and fall.

How does the Triangle appeal to people of diverse backgrounds? 
Durham and the Triangle are filled with the diverse talent that Duke and other universities bring to the area.

Where did you choose to live, and why? 
I chose to live in the 9th street area given it's proximity to the hospital (I walk to work everyday) as well as grocery stores and restaurants. 

Based on your life, what advice would you give about moving to Durham? 
Go for it. Having grown up in NYC it's definitely the smallest city I've ever lived in but it's beautiful, the weathers great, its affordable and you're only a 2 hour drive from the beach.

What do you like to do outside of medicine? 
Eat out, do my best to help my wife prepare gourmet meals, watch GOT, play basketball and tennis, watch the NY Giants beat the Patriots in the super bowl.

Parting thoughts? 
Come to Duke!