St. Henry, OH
Where did you attend college/university?
Miami University (OH)
Where did you attend medical school?
The Ohio State University
What are your career goals?
Specialize, career in academics
What did you do the summer before internship?
Married a pretty girl! Even squeezed in a honeymoon!
The breadth and complexity of medicine presenting to Duke, even on Gen Med, has made every day full of new learning.
Reflections on the Duke program
What were you looking for in a residency program?
I wanted to find a program that would provide excellent clinical training and a strong collegial atmosphere. Duke has great resources for research and education, but I also wanted a VA since I didn't have that experience during medical school. Finally, I wanted to make sure I would move to an area where I could see myself living beyond residency, and so far the Triangle has been great!
What are the strengths of the Duke program?
Camaraderie! My co-residents have been fantastic. Everyone has been quick to offer help or advice when needed, and the workrooms are always full of laughs. The patient population has been excellent for my learning. The breadth and complexity of medicine presenting to Duke, even on Gen Med, has made every day full of new learning.
What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff?
The faculty have been incredibly approachable on the wards, and program leadership seems genuinely committed to the residents and are very responsive.
Tell us about your co-interns. How long did it take to connect?
My co-interns are great people! It's been so fun getting to know everyone, and our class bonded pretty quickly during orientation. Between official program events, Dr. Zaas's welcoming party, or just meeting up in the evenings, it has been very easy to meet my co-interns and upper levels too. I think everyone is already close, and I'm looking forward to good years ahead.
About Duke University and Durham
What's best about living in Durham and the Triangle?
It's been fun exploring Durham and the Triangle to start intern year. I'm sure I've only scratched the surface, but Durham has some great food spots and I've already made a weekend trip to the Outer Banks. There is plenty to do for outdoor enthusiasts for a day-trip or weekend. Asheville is up next!
Where did you choose to live, and why?
I chose to live near the hospital so that I could walk to work. It's been very convenient so far, and a lot of friends are only a short walk away. Durham is also very easy to navigate, and nothing is more than a short drive away.
Based on your life, what advice would you give about moving to Durham?
Durham has plenty to offer to anyone. I have been very happy with the food scene, and there is always something to do. When I was looking at programs, I also wanted to make sure the area would be a good fit for my wife's career. I think the Triangle has a lot of growth and development that can make the transition easier for significant others.
What do you like to do outside of medicine?
Sports, grilling out, hiking outdoors, boating on nearby lakes