William Deardorff, MD

Start Year
2017

Basics

Hometown
Los Angeles, CA

Where did you attend college/university?
UCLA

Where did you attend medical school?
St. Louis University

What are your career goals?
Geriatrics

What did you do the summer before internship?
Spent time with family and went on a road trip to Lake Tahoe and San Francisco.

Duke offers a great balance between rigorous clinical training and a supportive environment with mentors, advisers, and program administrators who are committed to our professional development. We truly are a Duke family.

Reflections on the Duke program

What were you looking for in a residency program?
I was looking for a place that valued mentorship and career development, provided a good balance between resident autonomy and support, and placed an emphasis on resident education.

What are the strengths of the Duke program?
The program leaders are highly involved in making changes that promote resident well-being. The clinical training is incredible, and there are so many resources available for research.

What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff?
Everyone I have worked with so far has been supportive and approachable. I've met with both my adviser and coach and both have helped me connect with other faculty members and discover various opportunities here at Duke. On my clinical rotations, I have always felt that my opinion was valued, and I have never felt afraid to ask for help or ask a question.

Tell us about your co-interns. How long did it take to connect?
My co-interns represent a great mix of people from all different backgrounds. We've had a lot of fun getting to know each other.

What has surprised you most about Duke?
How nice the attendings are! Even though I know they are all pretty busy, they've always taken the time to teach, answer any questions, or explain difficult concepts.

About Duke University and Durham

What's best about living in Durham and the Triangle?
The cost of living is very low, and there's so many things to do. There's some great hiking spots and running trails. And compared to Los Angeles, there's no traffic!

Where did you choose to live, and why?
I chose to live close to the hospital (about a 6 minute walk). I wanted to make my commute as easy as possible. One of the best things about Durham is that everything is so easily accessible (e.g., downtown, hiking trails) without much traffic.

What do you like to do outside of medicine?
Running, hiking, tennis, basketball. Anything that keeps me active!

Parting thoughts?
Duke offers a great balance between rigorous clinical training and a supportive environment with mentors, advisers, and program administrators who are committed to our professional development. We truly are a Duke family.