San Antonio, TX
Where did you attend college/university?
Where did you attend medical school?
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
What additional degrees do you have and from what institution?
Health Care MBA from Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management
What are your career goals?
I am interested in cardiology and palliative care, as well as management and leadership opportunities in healthcare.
What did you do the summer before internship?
I traveled and spent time with friends and family.
I would make the decision to train here again in a heartbeat, and can't think of a better place to spend these years.
Reflections on the Duke Program
What were you looking for in a residency program?
I wanted to find a program that would help me become an excellent clinician and give me some autonomy throughout the process. I was also looking for a program that would support me in pursing my own interests and goals in medicine. Finally, I wanted to be join a supportive and collaborative community with people that I would enjoy working with every day.
What are the strengths of the Duke program?
The Duke internal medicine program prides itself on training residents to be physicians and "something else." The "something else" is what differentiates this program. The recognition the we need to follow our passions and develop another side of ourselves to be the best physicians that we can be reminds me that the program keeps my best interests in mind.
What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff?
It has been a lot of fun working with faculty that truly love interacting with the house staff. The Duke faculty manages to provide guidance and leadership while encouraging the house staff to develop clinical autonomy. It's always entertaining to hear the faculty's stories from training, particularly those who have been at Duke forever!
Tell us about your co-interns. How long did it take to connect?
Our intern class was so excited to get started that most of us had already met before orientation. We have a great group of interns, and I have really enjoyed getting to know everyone both in and out of work. Getting to work with such great people everyday makes the whole experience ten times better. And my co-interns are always game to grab a beer, try a new restaurant, or even offer to watch my dog.
What has surprised you most about Duke?
Residency is obviously a challenge in many ways, but I continue to be surprised by how supportive the internal medicine program is at Duke. I would make the decision to train here again in a heartbeat, and can't think of a better place to spend these years.
About Duke University and Durham
What's best about living in Durham and the Triangle?
Durham is pretty centrally located in NC so we are within 2-3 hours of both the beach and the mountains. There are also some great state parks within 15-20 minutes of downtown Durham, making it easy to go for a run or hike when you finish work early. There is actually a pretty good food scene too, and each little city in the Triangle has its own character and vibe.
How does the Triangle appeal to people of diverse backgrounds?
The Triangle is home to people from all kinds of backgrounds and in different industries. There are so many universities in the area and there are a lot of transplants from all over the country. Everyone is very friendly and welcoming to the area!
Where did you choose to live, and why?
My fiancé and I have a one and a half year old lab mix, so we really wanted to have a house and a backyard for her to enjoy, We like in a small house near Hope Valley Farms, about a 10 minutes drive from Duke hospital. There are some great local restaurants and stores within half a mile of our house - we love it here!
Based on your life, what advice would you give about moving to Durham?
Definitely give Durham a chance - it is actually a pretty cool city with a lot to do. It is such an easy place to live with great food, music, and lots to do outdoors.
What do you like to do outside of medicine?
I love to be outside, so whenever I have time off I like to go hiking, hang out at the lake, or take a quick weekend trip. We enjoy cooking and grilling and having friends over for dinner too. I also like listening to live music and exploring other cities in the Triangle.