Kate  Lee
Junior Assistant Resident
House Staff


Washington, D.C.

Harvard University

Medical School
Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons

Advanced Degrees
MS, Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons

What are your career goals?
I would like to practice clinical medicine in the inpatient and outpatient setting, follow patients longitudinally, and contribute to evidence-based medicine by researching questions that stem from my practice. I am also excited to educate the next generation of physicians.

Reflections on the Duke Program

What were you looking for in a residency program?
I was looking for a program with a great culture and fun people who enjoy working hard as a team.

What are the strengths of the Duke Program?
I really enjoy the vibrant culture of the #DukeFamily and love getting to know and work with my awesome co-residents. Additionally, there is great support built into the program including longitudinal coaching.

What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff?
Faculty are very friendly and interested in teaching. They actively invite resident inquiry and spend the time to explain thoroughly.

Tell us about your co-residents. What has helped you connect, support each other, and form friendships?
I love getting to work with so many intelligent and hard-working co-residents who each have their unique talents and ways of doing things. I think the best way to form friendships has been through working together on a service and really admiring each other’s contributions and company.

What has surprised you most about Duke?
I have been surprised by how much fun I am having while working actively with incredibly intelligent yet humble faculty, co-residents, nurses, pharmacy, PT/OT, case managers, and other services. The general friendliness and positive culture promotes open communication, fun, and efficiency.

About Life in Durham

What is the best thing about living in Durham and the Triangle?
The food scene around here is really great, and the location is great for enjoying a diversity of activities outside work – including hiking, biking, visiting farmers markets, visiting farms in general, walking around cute neighborhoods, visiting nearby cities, seeing mountains, and going to the beach.

How does the Triangle appeal to people of diverse backgrounds?
There is so much to try out around here in terms of activities as listed above!

Where did you choose to live and why?
I chose to live close to the hospital in a nice apartment building, as it makes work and life very convenient amidst the busy hours of residency. I can walk to multiple restaurants.

What advice would you give to someone looking to move to Durham?
Book apartment or house tours and visit in person to compare them all in one weekend!

What are your interests outside of medicine?
I love to cook (my specialty is risotto), bake muffins/bread, write, play flute, swim, and read.

House Staff