Where did you attend college/university?
University of Nairobi, Kenya
Where did you attend medical school?
University of Nairobi, Kenya
What additional degrees do you have and from what institution?
M.Sc in Global Health from Duke University
What are your career goals?
I have various interests in clinical medicine (physical diagnosis in general inpatient medicine, pulmonology and infectious disease), research (clinical quality, health disparities/global health and infectious disease biomarkers) and medical education. I am still working on finding a path that provides the best opportunity to explore these interests.
As a foreign national, I have found my niche in the Triangle. I have found a grocery store, meat shop and even a night club that reminds me of home. That's how appealing this place is.
Reflections on the Duke program
What were you looking for in a residency program?
Top tier clinical medicine in a setting with expansive global health and clinical research opportunities, world class mentorship, and a sense of family/camaraderie
What are the strengths of the Duke program?
I think my co-residents are the strongest component of this program. Rounding with both senior and junior colleagues has been one of my most educational moments. Duke residents have such diverse backgrounds, experiences and interests that every interaction has been personal enriching.
What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff?
For an institution as big as Duke, the humility and amiability that I have experienced in my interactions with Attending Physicians is unbeatable. It is so easy to forget that your Attending co-authored national guidelines or led a landmark trial when having a friendly banter about hobbies or sports (I am intentionally being vague to protect some identities).
About Duke University and Durham
What's best about living in Durham and the Triangle?
Quite diverse culturally, small town vibe with large city amenities and opportunities for fun. Lots of fun places to dine and drink. And of course, Maple View Farm Ice Cream, home of the best ice cream, is just 15 minutes away in Hillsborough.
How does the Triangle appeal to people of diverse backgrounds?
As a foreign national, I have found my niche in the Triangle. I have found a grocery store, meat shop and even a night club that reminds me of home. That's how appealing this place is. I am sure most other people would agree that there is something for everyone here.
Where did you choose to live, and why?
My wife and I live in the American Village. It is approximately 5 minutes to the hospital, affordable housing, quiet decent neighborhood.
Based on your life, what advice would you give about moving to Durham?
Don't over think it, you are unlikely to be wrong about this place.
What do you like to do outside of medicine?
I mostly watch English Premier League (that's European soccer). I also try to play soccer when I get a chance. I am a big TV series person and I have probably watched each episode of Family Guy at least twice. I am so looking forward to the next seasons of Game of Thrones and Walking Dead.
Regardless of your background, you'll find others like yourself here.