Sunny Chung, MD, M.H.S

Start Year
2019

Basics

Hometown
​Florence, SC

Where did you attend college/university?
Yale University

Where did you attend medical school?
​Yale School of Medicine

What other degrees do you hold and from what institutions?
M.H.S. from Yale School of Medicine

What are your career goals?
Potentially gastroenterology, although I'm still exploring! Interested in healthcare delivery/systems research and medical education.

What did you do the summer before Intern year?
​I visited my extended family in Taiwan and hung out with some friends. 

I think the clinical training that you receive at Duke is second to none. In my first month here I've already seen and learned to treat/manage some complex pathologies and medical cases! Yet at the same time, I definitely felt like I was part of a supportive #dukefamily.

-Sunny Chung

Reflections on the Duke Program 

What were you looking for in a residency program?
I was trying to find a program that had rigorous training while still maintaining a sense of collegiality and family that I experienced as a medical student. I also wanted to find program that was located in a city that was up and coming - a place where there's always things to do out in the community and yet wasn't going to be so expensive to live in!

What are the strengths of the Duke Program?
I think the clinical training that you receive at Duke is second to none. In my first month here I've already seen and learned to treat/manage some complex pathologies and medical cases! Yet at the same time, I definitely felt like I was part of a supportive #dukefamily. It definitely felt like everybody from my fellow co-interns to the JAR/SARs, the faculty, and the program leadership were all looking out for each other.

What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff?
In the past as a medical student, I've always felt like there's this barrier between people in training like me and attendings (perhaps unfairly so). This perspective was completely shattered when I came to Duke! The relationships between faculty and house staff are very warm and collegial; I've seen the faculty joke around with residents and vice versa. They look out for each other. At times, when residents get overwhelmed with new admissions/discharges, new consults, and notes to write, attendings would even help out the workload as well! Faculty would even take the resident team out to dinner somewhere out in Durham to celebrate sometimes as well!

Tell us about your co-interns. What has helped you connect, support each other, and form friendships?
I think the best part of Duke is my fellow co-intern class! Within a week or two of finding out where we matched, my fellow co-interns have already emailed out phone number spreadsheets, set up GroupMe messaging threads, and offered advice about where to live and what to do in Durham! A month into intern year, we still hang out regularly, playing soccer, going to trivia, and hanging out!

What has surprised you most about Duke?
Overall, what has surprised me most about Duke how easily it was able to create this sense of collegiality and family even with rigor of medical training it provides.

About Duke University and Durham

What is the best thing about living in Durham and the Triangle?
The best part of Durham and Triangle is how up and coming it feels. It seems like every week there is something new that is going on and starting in the area. I'm constantly amazed at how many things there is to do every day; you'll never be bored here. Plus, almost everybody that I've met out in the community seem to be so nice and welcoming.

Where did you choose to live and why?
I chose to live in Downtown Durham, because I wanted the experience of being to walk to many different places without needing to use my car, especially since I came from the New England area where I would walk everywhere. There are a ton of restaurants, bars, and parks within walking distance in the area. Plus, it's only a 5-10 min drive to the hospital, so it's basically the best of both worlds!

What advice would you give to someone looking to move to Durham?
You definitely need a car, so definitely plan on getting one if you don't have one yet.

What are you interests outside of medicine?
I'm into running, and there are some awesome running trails in the area! I also dabble into photography, and the Umstead State Park and Sarah P Duke Gardens are awesome places to try out your photography skills!

 

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