Where did you attend college/university?
University of Connecticut
Where did you attend medical school?
University of Connecticut School of Medicine
What additional degrees do you have and from what institution?
MBA - University of Connecticut School of Business
What are your career goals?
I would like to be an academic cardiologist with focus on the clinical care and clinical research. My interests surround therapeutics, disease management programs, and system-based practices to help manage patients who are high utilizers of the healthcare system, such as patients with chronic heart failure.
We have the luxury of learning from some of the foremost experts in their respective fields and also learning from an incredible group of co-residents. It's an incredible opportunity for learning and growth and a lot of fun.
Reflections on the Duke program
What were you looking for in a residency program?
I was looking for a program where I knew I would be challenged everyday in an environment that was supportive and nurturing. Additionally, I wanted a program with a strong focus on healthcare systems.
What are the strengths of the Duke program?
The people here are amazing! It may sound cliche, but its true. We have the luxury of learning from some of the foremost experts in their respective fields and also learning from an incredible group of co-residents. It's an incredible opportunity for learning and growth and a lot of fun.
What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff?
House staff are seen as colleagues at Duke. Faculty respect our opinions and are genuinely interested in our career/research interests. There is a lot of bi-directional learning.
What research opportunities have you had during residency?
I've been incredibly lucky to become engaged within a large and diverse heart failure group here at Duke. I came in with little research experience but have become engaged in a number of projects and secondary analyses that I am leading and have collaborated with others on.
Describe the mentorship that's been available to you during residency.
Clinical and research mentors have been easy to find at Duke. You quickly realize that faculty share the desire to answer many of the same questions that spur your interests. Faculty mentors are closely committed to your professional development and growth as a clinician and scholar.
About Duke University and Durham
What's best about living in Durham and the Triangle?
Durham has lots to offer! The restaurant scene continues to grow every day. There are multiple breweries to enjoy downtown when you have some time off and you have the mountains and the beach nearby for day/weekend trips! The whole area has a relaxed, laidback feel which is perfect for post-call relaxation.
How does the Triangle appeal to people of diverse backgrounds?
The Triangle is a diverse and growing community. We are privileged to have three great universities, Research Triangle Park, a burgeoning entrepreneurship community, and a diverse arts/culture scene all in close proximity.
Based on your life, what advice would you give about moving to Durham?
Don't be afraid to give Durham a shot. It really has much of what a big city would offer in a smaller space. There are great concerts, festivals, and shows happening here and it's really a great place to live and work.
There are many great programs out there, but pick the place where the house staff are happy and your conversations with them come naturally and where you feel you'll be able to have the support to do whatever you want to do.