Start Year: 2019
Where did you attend college/university?
Where did you attend medical school?
University of Pittsburgh
What other degrees do you hold and from what institutions?
MS-University of Pittsburgh
What are your career goals?
I'm interested in geriatrics and palliative care. I'd like to provide comprehensive care to vulnerable patients with both physical and mental illness at the end of life.
"Duke has a long history of dual trained internist-psychiatrists, which really drew me here. The idea of comprehensive and holistic care is woven into the culture. I've also been really impressed with how many resources and opportunities exist here. If there is something you are interested in, Duke has a specialist that does exactly that."
Reflections on the Duke Program
What were you looking for in a residency program?
I really wanted to do both internal medicine and psychiatry. I was looking for a program that truly combined both disciplines - in that, I'd be well-trained in both individually, but also would have opportunities to use both simultaneously during residency. Duke has a wonderful Med-Psych inpatient service that is the perfect opportunity to learn as both an aspiring internist and psychiatrist.
What are the strengths of the Duke Program?
Duke has a long history of dual trained internist-psychiatrists, which really drew me here. The idea of comprehensive and holistic care is woven into the culture. I've also been really impressed with how many resources and opportunities exist here. If there is something you are interested in, Duke has a specialist that does exactly that. And lastly, my co-residents are terrific. I am so inspired by them and couldn't feel luckier to be a part of the Duke family!
What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff?
The faculty are so supportive of house staff here. I've been surprised by how prioritized teaching is and how friendly and willing to share knowledge the attendings are. Patient care comes first, but your learning comes second and that is extremely important when you are choosing a program!
Tell us about your co-residents. What has helped you connect, support each other, and form friendships?
My co-residents are the best part of the program! Especially my med-psych group, I couldn't be luckier to be part of this family. At the beginning of the year, there are tons of planned events and you get to know everyone quickly.
About Duke University and Durham
What is the best thing about living in Durham and the Triangle?
It is so livable here. Even coming from a small city, I was a little hesitant about moving to an even smaller city. But, I've been really impressed with the food here and I have not once had a moment where I couldn't find something to do. Plus, it is so convenient to be able to drive anywhere and not struggle with parking. It is awesome to be able to live well on a resident salary as well. I am not pinching pennies to make rent, and that cannot be said about residencies everywhere.
Where did you choose to live and why?
I live in Chapel Hill in a beautiful 3 bedroom house with a fenced backyard! I have a large dog and wanted more space and a backyard. I also like a little physical space between work and home. Chapel Hill is a beautiful town with good food and it only takes me 20 minutes door to door.
What are your interests outside of medicine?
I play bluegrass music and love going to music festivals and playing music with friends. I also like going to nice restaurants and exploring the food scene. Central North Carolina has plenty of good music and food!