Tingrui Zhao, MD

Start Year
2019

Basics

Hometown
Rockville,MD

Where did you attend college/university?
University of Maryland-College Park

Where did you attend medical school?
​Duke University School of Medicine

What are your career goals?
I'm interested in hospital medicine and would like to also work with medical student education!

What did you do the summer before intern year?
I visited China, Taiwan and Europe! While in Taiwan, I indulged in desserts such as shaved ice and bubble tea, and while in Europe, I ate my way through the continent while on a Scandinavian cruise.

"Duke has an extraordinary curriculum that trains its residents into excellent physicians while also simultaneously being supportive. Part of this lies with the faculty, who all enjoy teaching residents and fight to have a chance to be a rounding attending with the general medicine service. More importantly are the residents themselves, all of whom look out for each other."

-Tingrui Zhao

Reflections on the Duke Program

What were you looking for in a residency program?
As a medical student from Duke, I worked with many medicine residents and every single one I encountered was incredible. They were all extremely kind to both students and patients, while also being extraordinary educators. I was inspired by my experiences with them and wanted to find a program where I could grow into someone who the same compassion and wisdom. Ultimately, I found the best fit to be Duke's Internal Medicine Residency program.

What are the strengths of the Duke Program?
Duke has an extraordinary curriculum that trains its residents into excellent physicians while also simultaneously being supportive. Part of this lies with the faculty, who all enjoy teaching residents and fight to have a chance to be a rounding attending with the general medicine service. More importantly are the residents themselves, all of whom look out for each other. It goes without saying that those within each year support each other, but the camaraderie extends beyond that. It is easy for programs to become segregated by training level, but at Duke I have felt well loved even when interacting with my junior and senior residents.

What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff?
Faculty and house staff work together for the goal of patient care! There is incredible respect between everyone at the "Duke Family".

Tell us about your co-interns. What has helped you connect, support each other, and for friendships?
My co-interns have been supportive and kind to each other within minutes of meeting. There is an incredible breadth of interests and hobbies amongst my classmates and despite the diversity we all immensely enjoy each other's company. I've personally connected with many of them over video games and board games and food.

What has surprised you most about Duke?
I've been most surprised by the camaraderie between the different training years! There is no awkward divide and I can enjoy spending time with my junior and senior residents! It's truly a testament to the idea of the "Duke Family".

About Duke University and Durham

What is the best thing about living in Durham and the Triangle?
No traffic, cheap housing, and surprisingly good food! There have been many new Asian restaurants popping up over the last few years, including bubble tea places, hot pot buffets, and dumpling houses.

Where did you choose to live and why?
I live at Hope Valley Farms, a townhouse complex in South Durham. It is about 15 minutes away from the hospital and it feels close to many different fun things. It has a wonderful neighborhood feel to it, with many people going for jogs or walking their dogs daily.

What are your interests outside of medicine?
I play violin and I enjoy cooking. I also play board games with friends (favorites include Smallworld, 7 Wonders, Mice and Mystics) and video games (favorites include Breath of the Wild, Super Smash Bros, Overcooked).