Tessa Genders, MD, PhD

Start Year
2016

Basics

Hometown
Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Where did you attend college/university?
Erasmus University

Where did you attend medical school?
Erasmus University Medical Center

What additional degrees do you have and from what institution?
MSc in Clinical Epidemiology and PhD, Erasmus University

What are your career goals?
Cardiology

What did you do the summer before internship?
Getting settled into our new home and playing lots of volleyball!

At Duke, you instantly become part of the 'Duke family'. It is very clear that the program leadership is invested in you and they will work with you to achieve your career goals. 

Reflections on the Duke program

What were you looking for in a residency program?
I was looking for a program offering excellent training in clinical medicine as well as a program that would allow me to continue my career in research.

What are the strengths of the Duke program?
At Duke, you instantly become part of the 'Duke family'. It is very clear that the program leadership is invested in you and they will work with you to achieve your career goals. 

What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff?
Everyone is always willing to help or answer any questions, even if you have asked the same question three times before!

About Duke University and Durham

What's best about living in Durham and the Triangle?
There are plenty of good restaurants, coffee places, and bakeries all over the area. My favorite restaurant is Guglhupf, a German bakery and cafe! Check it out if you love European food, pastries, and bread. 

Where did you choose to live, and why?
I live in Apex, a cute small town about 25 minutes from Duke. It was actually awarded to be the #1 place to live in the USA by Money Magazine in 2015, believe it or not! It is especially convenient if your spouse has to commute to a different city/area. The expressway makes it fast and easy to get to Durham and to enjoy all the fun things in the area. 

What do you like to do outside of medicine?
I enjoy cooking dinner while sipping wine, hanging out and joking around with friends, going to a spa to pamper myself, and playing volleyball and blocking the tall guy on the other team.