Where did you attend college/university?
University of Notre Dame
Where did you attend medical school?
Indiana University School of Medicine
What are your career goals?
Complete a fellowship (specialty TBD). I would like to work as an educator in academic medicine because I have really enjoyed the dynamics of medical education. Finally, I would also like to be active in global health.
What did you do the summer before internship?
Traveled! I spent 5 weeks combined in New Zealand and Australia (met some Duke IM folks there), and stopped in Hawaii and California on the way back. I also had time for a road trip through SE Canada and the Eastern US.
Collectively, the interns I am lucky to practice alongside are profoundly intelligent and impressively humble. Everyone was immediately welcoming and genuinely interested in forging strong friendships. It's been great at all hours of the day being able to turn a corner in the hospital and see a friendly face!
Reflections on the Duke program
What were you looking for in a residency program?
Criteria that were important to me as I decided on residency:
- I wanted a fundamentally robust training in internal medicine.
- I wanted training to be extremely vigorous so that I would be challenged and be able to develop fully
- I wanted a new home with colleagues that felt like family
- I wanted to move to a new part of the United States that had good opportunities to enjoy life outside of medicine in the city and the immediate surroundings.
What are the strengths of the Duke program?
The Duke program is full of brilliant and completely accessible people. It attracts great minds and clinicians who are humble and approachable. This serves to continue propagating an environment of collaboration and successful. Furthermore, the Duke program offers its members opportunities in every career imaginable because of the connections and resources it has accumulated on the trainees' behalf.
What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff?
The faculty are amazing people and honestly downright fun. It is always a treat to have attendings who will grab a chair next to the residents to engage in casual conversation before thoughtfully answering any questions or concerns about actual medical topics.
Tell us about your co-interns. How long did it take to connect?
Thus far, my co-iterns have been the highlight of my Duke experience. Collectively, the interns I am lucky to practice alongside are profoundly intelligent and impressively humble. Everyone was immediately welcoming and genuinely interested in forging strong friendships. It's been great at all hours of the day being able to turn a corner in the hospital and see a friendly face! Not to mention, my wife was welcomed right into the group, and she may have more friends than I at this point!
What has surprised you most about Duke?
Everyone is willing to drop what they are doing to help. Fellows are extremely invested. Members from other teams will stop in to discuss patients and give time and energy for patients as opposed to get rounding through their lists. Support staff are friendly and inviting. I haven't even met a grumpy surgeon yet! (although that's a joke, honestly they are delightful.) The overall attitude of Duke is infectiously positive.
About Duke University and Durham
What's best about living in Durham and the Triangle?
Durham has been great. I have been trying to eat out less often, both for monetary and diet reasons, but the food in Durham makes that close to impossible. We have had visitors from home stay with us for a week, which is not enough time to show them downtown shops, close by beaches and lakes, hiking, touring campuses, and trips to Raleigh and Chapel Hill.
How does the Triangle appeal to people of diverse backgrounds?
The Triangle attracts people from all over the world to come work, learn, and train at the facilities and institutions centered here. Talking with some of the transplants around town, it is clear they come for work, but stay for the lifestyle. Even of the 10 houses on my block, no one is originally from North Carolina, and 4 households are from outside of the U.S.
Where did you choose to live, and why?
I live right near Southpoint Mall, which is south of downtown Durham and east of Chapel Hill. My wife is a school teacher and found a job in Cary, NC, so we split the difference. We also rent a house in a nice neighborhood with a big backyard for our dog, Harvey - both things we wanted. My commute is reliably less than 20 minutes and a breeze in the morning.
Based on your life, what advice would you give about moving to Durham?
Take time and go through the materials that Duke sends out in March and April to incoming trainees - there is a lot of helpful information. Also ask around your home institutions, you will find that Dukies travel well and may be able to find some advice about the area.
What do you like to do outside of medicine?
I mostly enjoy sports and activities - going to the gym to lift weights, play basketball, run. I like the mountains - hiking, skiing, biking. During the week when I get spare time, I try my hand at cooking (with varying success).