Ellicott City, MD
Weill Cornell Medical College
University of Michigan
Keeping an open mind, but leaning towards academics in genitourinary oncology and translational research.
Reflections on the Duke Program and Durham
What were you looking for in a fellowship program?
I was looking for great mentorship and research opportunities. I knew that my interests in GU oncology aligned with their strong track record of mentoring. If I had been more unsure, having been through the career development team (CDT) in my first year, I am confident that my CDT team would have been able to help me.
What are the strengths of the Duke Program?
-Alternating inpatient and outpatient blocks in the schedule helps you get a breather
-Having your own patient panel at the VA gives you more autonomy and allows you to grow outside of going to attendings' clinics (which you do on outpatient blocks and can do in the later years as well)
What has surprised you most about Duke?
Changes happen quicker than I expected, which stems from Dr. Riedel's advocacy for the fellows. Examples include: changing the solid tumor fellow role to consults only and adding additional outpatient clinic time, increasing the conference/educational stipend from $1200 to $2500 a year.
What is the best thing about living in Durham and the Triangle?
Mild winters = being able to stay active outdoors year round - RDU is close and a great airport (especially for Delta and Southwest)
What are your interests outside of medicine?
River tubing, tennis, golf