Toi Spates, MD

Start Year

Education and Training

Mississippi State University

Medical School
University of Mississippi Medical School

Duke University

Fellow Perspective

Tell us briefly about your background before fellowship.
I was a resident here at Duke and had an amazing time training here for internal medicine. I found a group of colleagues that became my friends and family and thought there was no other place I’d want to further my training in cardiology than here at Duke.  

What are your career plans in cardiology?
I initially enjoyed all the subspecialties, but the one constant interest was adult congenital. I hope to find some way to merge aspects of HF and ACHD to my future sub-specialty training.  

Why did you choose Duke for your fellowship training? 
After training her for IM, I knew the caliber of training I would receive here at Duke for cardiology would be well-rounded. The mentors here are all experts in their fields, and I am grateful for the opportunity to learn grow from them and with peers that I call friends.  

What advice might you offer residents looking at fellowship programs?
I truly believe that residents should be honest with themselves in regards to their interest and find a program that can not only provide excellent training in that area but also great training to become a well-rounded clinical cardiologist.  

From your experience in fellowship, what have you learned about training at Duke?
My experience here as a fellow has been astounding. You are taught by faculty who are exemplary clinicians but also down to earth. As I look back at my first month of fellowship until now, I am surprised by how much I have grown over the past 2 years and can’t wait to see my independence further as complete my training.  

How is your life in the Triangle outside of work?
I love the restaurant seen here in the Triangle. More recently, I have gotten into biking and ceramics work.