Timothy Hopper, MD

Start Year
2019

Basics

Hometown
Jackson, MS

Where did you attend college/university?
Harvard University

Where did you attend medical school?
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

What are your career goals?
I plan to pursue fellowship after residency, but I haven't decided which one yet. I look forward to career in academic medicine with particular interest in medical education.

What did you do the summer before Intern year?
I went on a road trip down the California coast with friends and then traveled to Spain with my brother!

"So far I've been especially impressed with how much the attending physicians enjoy teaching. On my outpatient clinics, almost every provider has set aside significant time dedicated specifically to my learning. It has given me the opportunity to gain insight from experts that will shape my day to day decision-making." 

-Timothy Hopper

Reflections on the Duke Program

What were you looking for in a residency program?
I wanted to go somewhere that offered outstanding internal medicine training but more importantly a place where I would have fun every day at work. Lots of places on the interview trial met the first criterion, but Duke stood out for the way the residents interacted and had fun with one another during the interview day.

What are the strengths of the Duke Program?
So far I've been especially impressed with how much the attending physicians enjoy teaching. On my outpatient clinics, almost every provider has set aside significant time dedicated specifically to my learning. It has given me the opportunity to gain insight from experts that will shape my day to day decision-making.

What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff?
I have seen only positive interactions between faculty and house staff so far. The schedule can be demanding, but the positive interactions with my colleagues have made the challenges of residency much easier to handle.

What has surprised you most about Duke?
I didn't realize how beautiful the campus was. Duke Gardens is one of the best botanical gardens I've seen anywhere!

About Duke University and Durham

What is the best thing about living in Durham and the Triangle?
One nice thing about living in Durham is that nothing is too far away. The downtown attractions are within a mile of my apartment and my commute to work is only five minutes long.

How does the Triangle appeal to people of diverse backgrounds?
There are all kinds of attractions here, from restaurants to musical performances to cultural events. I wish I had time to take advantage of everything that goes on here.

Where did you choose to live and why?
I live at Bell West End in Brightleaf. I chose it for its central location between downtown Durham and the hospital. My drive to the garage in the morning is only about 5 min, and I'm within walking range for most places downtown.

What are your interests outside of medicine?
I love playing soccer whenever I get the chance, and there's a great pickup soccer scene here in Durham. I'm also a big fan of swing dancing and creative writing!