Zachary Il'Giovine, MD

Start Year
2015

Basics

Hometown
Cleveland, OH

Where did you attend college/university?
Ashland University

Where did you attend medical school?
Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine

What are your career goals?
Cardiology

Some programs may have amazing people, others may have a reputation for training excellent physicians, and some are in great locations. Duke has it all. Continuing my training at Duke has been one of the best decisions I have ever made.

Reflections on the Duke program

What were you looking for in a residency program?
I wanted a program that would challenge me, support me, and provide an environment to succeed in any path of medicine I might choose. In residency it seems the best learning occurs while doing, and I wanted to go somewhere that would have both bread-and-butter and the rarest of rare cases. I wanted a program that would prepare me to handle anything.

What are the strengths of the Duke program?
Duke is a world class institution that trains its residents to be leaders in whatever field they choose. More importantly, the environment and opportunity I have found here is unmatched. I always felt that residency is what molds you into the type of physician you will be for the rest of your career, and the incredible people here want to help you grow and succeed in any way they can. It truly is the "Duke Family".

What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff?
The faculty give the right balance of autonomy and support so that you feel that the patients you take care of are truly your patients. They are very approachable and love teaching.

Tell us about your co-residents. How long did it take to connect?
Your co-residents are your rocks, your lifelines, and some of the best friends you will make! Everyone tells you that you need to go somewhere you will enjoy the people you work with, but you don't realize how true this is until you get into the thick of residency. Duke has brought together some of the most funny, compassionate, and exceptional people I have had the pleasure of knowing. I couldn't ask for a more supportive or fun group.

About Duke University and Durham

What's best about living in Durham and the Triangle?
There are so many fun things to try! No matter your hobby or how you enjoy spending your free time, there is a place here to do it. Between restaurants, hiking, sports, beer, the beach, multiple trampoline parks, or whatever you can think of, there is no shortage of fun.

Where did you choose to live, and why?
My wife and I are in an apartment in southeast Durham, near Morrisville. It's right in the middle of everything. We have easy access to Durham, Raleigh, Cary, and Chapel Hill.

Based on your life, what advice would you give about moving to Durham?
Durham is exactly the kind of place I wanted to live. It has everything you could want and more, and the cost of living is amazing.

Parting thoughts?
Some programs may have amazing people, others may have a reputation for training excellent physicians, and some are in great locations. Duke has it all. Continuing my training at Duke has been one of the best decisions I have ever made.