DC area / Brussels / CT
Where did you attend college/university?
Where did you attend medical school?
University of Pennsylvania
What are your career goals?
Primary care, ID, critical care
The program leadership is very supportive and accessible.
Reflections on the Duke program
What were you looking for in a residency program?
I wanted a program where residents had a lot of support, but were also expected to work hard and be motivated to learn. I also wanted the option to do a global health track.
What are the strengths of the Duke program?
The program leadership is very supportive and accessible. We are each assigned an advisor and each advisor only has a few advisees in each class so they are easily available. Other things that have been noticeably awesome so far are: the other interns and residents, teaching both on the inpatient and outpatient services, autonomy given to interns, patient diversity at Duke Hospital, opportunities in global health and the geographical diversity of the class.
About Duke University and Durham
Where did you choose to live, and why?
I live in a rented house in an area called "Old North Durham." It's a diverse neighborhood, with mostly small houses and some apartment buildings. It reminds me of West Philadelphia, where I lived during medical school. People in the neighborhood are really friendly, so I got to know a lot of them early on. There are many cool restaurants and bars just a couple of blocks away. There is also a farmer's market every Saturday morning just up the street. It's only 3 miles from the hospital, so I'm able to bike to work every day.
Based on your life, what advice would you give about moving to Durham?
I was worried that Durham would feel small compared to Philadelphia and/or that I wouldn't have as many opportunities to do cultural things (like concerts), which I did a lot of in Philadelphia. Durham actually doesn't feel small at all. There are tons of restaurants, bars and breweries to go to, and there's always the option of going to Chapel Hill or Raleigh for extra options. In terms of music, there's a venue in Chapel Hill called Cat's Cradle that has a lot of great shows, as well as other (bigger and smaller) venues in the Triangle area. Finally, if you like the outdoors (or want to learn to like the outdoors), there are hiking trails and lakes (with beaches!) very close by.