University of Pennsylvania
Duke University School of Medicine
MHS in Clinical Research, Duke University School of Medicine
What are your career goals?
I aspire to be an excellent clinician with a patient-centered mindset in a to-be-determined field. I also hope to perform clinical research and engage with medical education.
Reflections on the Duke Program
What were you looking for in a residency program?
Professionally, I was looking for a program that first and foremost felt like home and simultaneously focused on compassionate patient care and provided rigorous clinical training. Personally, I wanted to be in a place that would easily allow me the opportunities to do the things I enjoy outside of medicine such as outdoor activities and all things pertaining to Duke basketball!
What are the strengths of the Duke Program?
The co-residents I get to work with, the faculty I get to learn from, and the patients I get to provide care to!
What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff?
The relationships between faculty and house staff are driven by the shared goal of exceptional patient care. The faculty effortlessly foster house staff autonomy and the development of clinical reasoning skills while still being available for support when needed. The approachability of faculty creates a positive learning and clinical care environment.
Tell us about your co-residents. What has helped you connect, support each other, and form friendships?
My co-residents are an incredibly down-to-earth yet extremely accomplished group of individuals that make showing up to work each day incredibly fun! I couldn't imagine going through this crazy adventure with any other group.
About Life in Durham
What is the best thing about living in Durham and the Triangle?
Durham and the Triangle have the conveniences of living in a smaller city (little traffic, reasonable cost of living, lots of green space, nearby mountains and beaches) with the perks of living in a larger city (independent restaurants, museums, college sports, tech, etc.). It also has a surprisingly similar feel to the Midwest which is the best of course.
How does the Triangle appeal to people of diverse backgrounds?
The Triangle attracts people from all over the country which is reflective of the patients we care for each day.
Where did you choose to live and why?
I rent a home in a residential area about a 7 minute drive from Duke. It has a "homey" feel and is close to all the Durham places and people I want to be near.
What are your interests outside of medicine?
Playing basketball, attending Duke basketball games, running, biking, hiking, faith, board games, cooking, and spending time with my incredibly supportive family (Thanks mom, dad, Chris, Katie, and Dan!).