Nkiru  Osude
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Education and Training

University of Missouri, Kansas City 

Graduate School
Northwestern University

Medical School
University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Medicine

Loyola University

Honors, awards and distinctions:

Internal Medicine Chief Resident, 2020-2021

Fellow Perspective

Tell us briefly about your background before fellowship?
I was born in upstate New York, but raised in the suburbs of Chicago. I completed both my medical school and undergraduate studies at the University of Missouri-Kansas City in their accelerated BA/MD program. I returned home to Chicago for my residency and chief year. During my last year of residency and my chief year I completed a masters degree in healthcare quality and patient safety. I loved learning about how to improve processes to improve the quality of care that we can provide to our patients. When looking for programs for cardiology, I looked for a program that would help me combine my clinical love of cardiology with my desire to improve health care from a systems level. I was excited to make the move down south to North Carolina for fellowship.

What are your career plans in cardiology?
I am interested in a career in cardiovascular prevention and improving systems of care that focus on risk reduction in disadvantaged populations. 

Why did you choose Duke for your fellowship training?
I was looking for a place where I would have not only great clinical training, but a place I would be able to explore my passion in implementation science. I was also looking for a place with an inquisitive culture and one that valued diversity. I found all of that, and so much more in Duke!

What advice might you offer residents looking at fellowship programs?
Find a place where you are not only valued, but cherished. You can get good clinical training at a lot of different places but finding a place where you can get great clinical training and belong is a bit harder to find. 

How is your life in the Triangle area outside of work?
Moving from Chicago and interviewing during a virtual season, I wasn't sure what I was going to find in North Carolina. However, I have been pleasantly surprised! The food scene is diverse and amazing. Also, I am a distance runner, and I have enjoyed exploring the trails. There is always something to do or some place to travel. The Triangle is a great place to train and live.

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