Tenafly, New Jersey
Where did you attend college/university?
Where did you attend medical school?
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
What are your career goals?
Happily undecided at the moment
What did you do the summer before internship?
Got married and traveled!
My co-interns are hands down the most incredible people I've ever met. These are people who have accomplished so much but have somehow remained humble and fun. Everyone is so nice, helpful and hard working.
Reflections on the Duke program
What were you looking for in a residency program?
I was looking for a place that would make me a great clinician and challenge me academically but would provide a fun, supportive environment.
What are the strengths of the Duke program?
I think the biggest strength of the Duke program is that everyone is incredibly supportive. No one pressures you to fit the mold. The Duke program wants to give you the tools you need to become your best self. The program manages to achieve this in a low pressure and fun environment.
What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff?
The faculty and house staff have a great working relationship. The faculty respect the residents and give them the autonomy they need to become strong clinicians. The faculty don't act like superiors in the traditional medicine way, which is especially amazing considering that many of them are highly accomplished leaders in their fields.
Tell us about your co-interns. How long did it take to connect?
Minutes! My co-interns are hands down the most incredible people I've ever met. These are people who have accomplished so much but have somehow remained humble and fun. Everyone is so nice, helpful and hard working. There is no weakest link.
What has surprised you most about Duke?
I am surprised at how much people take care of each other here. Someone is always trying to help you. People constantly check in to see if you're doing ok. Everyone is willing to put in the extra time and effort to help each other out. Most importantly, people are not afraid to reach out for help. I think that's especially telling of a program - to know that when you're lost or when you don't know the answer, you're not afraid to ask for help because you know that no one will put you down or chastise you but will help you and teach you.
About Duke University and Durham
What's best about living in Durham and the Triangle?
It's easy to enjoy days off here. You can stay in town, enjoy a nice meal at a local restaurant. You can take a quick drive over to Raleigh for a different more modern city vibe. Or you can drive a little farther away and enjoy the beach or the mountains. It's really up to you how you want to create those happy moments. Also the weather is really nice and most apartment complexes have pools, so a lazy day by the pool is never a bad way to spend a day off!
Where did you choose to live, and why?
I live at Legacy at the Meridian which is an apartment complex near the Streets at Southpoint shopping mall. We chose to live here because of the convenient location. We are right off highways 40 and 540, so it's a 15 minute commute for me and a 20 minute commute for my husband who works in Raleigh. Also, we have the mall, movies, restaurants and many shopping centers close by so anything we need is just a few minutes away.
Based on your life, what advice would you give about moving to Durham?
Have an open mind! Go to all the festivals, try all the food and enjoy the unique community vibe.
What do you like to do outside of medicine?
I love exploring, traveling, hiking, PureBarre, Flywheel, (basically all fitness classes), shopping and spending time with family and friends.