Start Year: 2020
Where did you attend college/university?
Where did you attend medical school?
Duke University School of Medicine
What are your career goals?
I plan on pursuing a career in pulmonary and critical care medicine as a physician-scientist. I have an interest in data science and predictive analytics and will be participating in the NIH R38 research program offered by Duke for its IM residents. I hope to one day be able to practice medicine while also leading my own research projects.
The biggest strengths of Duke's IM residency are the relationships between in the residents and the relationships between faculty and residents. The culture is community driven where everyone is respected as a member of the same team!
Reflections on the Duke Program
What were you looking for in a residency program?
When applying, I was searching for a community to belong to. Residency is hard and without the right support, probably too hard. Since joining Duke's IM residency, I've found my support system in amazing friends and dedicated mentors. I could not have come this far without them.
What are the strengths of the Duke Program?
The biggest strengths of Duke's IM residency are the relationships between in the residents and the relationships between faculty and residents. The culture is community driven where everyone is respected as a member of the same team! With that as the underlying foundation of the program, teaching, learning, and growing as a physician is empowering.
What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff?
As I state above, it's one of the biggest strengths of the program!
Tell us about your co-residents. What has helped you connect, support each other, and form friendships?
I started residency at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Given all of the social constraints, I was very worried that I would not bond with my class in the same way as previous classes. Luckily, it was just the opposite. Because we started as brand new physicians in this unprecedented time in modern medicine, we grew together even more. As a class we are always finding ways to support one another inside and outside of the hospital. I anticipate that our friendships will certainly last long after we complete residency training.
What has surprised you most about Duke?
I was surprised, and continue to be surprised, with how diverse the program is. Duke pulls in faculty and trainees from all over the world with different interests and perspectives. This diversity has allowed me to grow not only as a physician but a person as a whole.
About life in Durham
What is the best thing about living in Durham and the Triangle?
I am from the area and love that my family is here. I have multiple siblings, most of whom still live in Durham and we agree that the lifestyle and culture is why we stick around!
How does the Triangle appeal to people of diverse backgrounds?
Because the Triangle not only houses three large universities, Duke, UNC, and NC State, as well as large pharmaceutical and technology companies, the area is growing very fast. With that, populations from all over are attracted to the area, bringing a large diversity of culture including music, art, and cuisine.
Where did you choose to live and why?
My husband and I live in south Durham where we own a house. It's a little farther out from downtown, but we needed a backyard for our puppy golden retriever, Rosie!
What advice would you give to someone looking to move to Durham?
The triangle is a fast-growing place with so many different housing options so look for housing early! From living downtown walking distance to fun breweries and restaurants, to having a house in a quaint neighborhood, there is a place for everyone.
What are your interests outside of medicine?
I love reading murder mysteries, painting, and cooking as well as spending time outdoors hiking with my husband and puppy! We love trivia nights with my co-residents and their significant others as well as frequently hosting wine night.