Central California, then the San Francisco Bay area
Where did you attend college/university?
What did you do, or where did you go, next?
Fulbright Scholarship in Thailand - worked at a hospice and cancer center for ~1.5 years, then I earned a Master's in Public Health at Yale University. My concentration was management and global health.
Where did you attend medical school?
University of California, San Francisco
What are your career goals?
Patient safety and figuring out ways to deliver quality care
Duke has a wealth of innovative programs that are non-traditional such as the MLPR and Global Health Pathways program, allowing you flexible time to explore interests in health care.
About the Duke program
What were you looking for in a residency program?
A supportive program that would nurture my growth as a physician. Having started a company (ChatrHealth), some programs did not embrace the idea of being very passionate about something in a non-academic setting. Duke has been tremendously supportive so far in helping me think about ways where I could combine my passions within an academic medicine program. This was truly unique insofar that they have non-traditional programs that allow you to "grow a career" in medicine. Duke has a wealth of innovative programs that are non-traditional such as the MLPR and Global Health Pathways program, allowing you flexible time to explore interests in health care. That is truly unique about Duke!
What are the strengths of the Duke program?
- Incredibly supportive faculty
- The best global health programs
- Variety of patient populations; I requested working at the VA for outpatient clinic as I felt that it was important to serve and learn from this special population.
What has surprised you most about Duke?
I had admired the program from afar and each day has only confirmed how amazing this place is. The faculty have become people that I genuinely admire, which makes going to work so much more rewarding. The patient census is incredibly challenging and complicated as Duke gets cases from all over the region. However, it makes for great learning and training. The best part is that it feels like a family here. Everyone helps to take care of each other. I have left the hospital many times, thinking how thankful I am to be part of place where you are interacting with so many incredible human beings on a constant basis. That's something truly special.
What is a funny or memorable experience from your time at Duke?
There are too many to count!
About Duke University and Durham
Where did you choose to live, and why?
In an old textile factory that has been renovated into lofts near downtown. Large brick lofts with concrete floors. Each loft has office space where I have set up an office and painting area.
What do you like to do outside of medicine?
Photography, stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, hiking (every week), painting, cooking.
Based on your life, what advice would you give about moving to Durham?
There is lots to do in Durham, coming from SF I was worried I would be a little bored, but there is so much variety in terms of food and events. Everyone tries to go out when they can.
Find a place that will foster what you are passionate about and be confident that you can be happy. Environment is key. Work can be hard enough, so it's essential to have role models you admire all around you and a team that is fun to be around.