Start Year: 2020
Where did you attend university/college?
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Where did you attend medical school?
University of Alabama in Birmingham
If applicable, what other degrees do you hold and from what institutions?
PhD in Genetics, Genomics and Bioinformatics
What are your career goals?
I am in the PTSP program for Heme/Onc. Some day I hope to work as a physician-scientist developing genomic technologies to improve our understanding of cancer mutation profiles and also maintain some connection to patient care.
Reflections on the Duke Program
What were you looking for in a residency program?
I was looking for a well rounded program that had strong research and clinical training that was located in a region of the country my wife and I could afford to live.
What are the strengths of the Duke Program?
I'm just starting as an intern, but one obvious thing that is already jumping out to me is how tight-knit of a community the residency program is.
What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff?
Faculty really respect the time of the house staff. The priority is always patient care and your education.
Tell us about your co-interns. What has helped you connect, support each other, and form friendships?
It's been difficult in the current environment to do a lot of large social events, but the chief residents have made it a priority to host more feasible, smaller events and keep people connected on social media forums.
About Duke University and Durham
What has surprised you most about Duke?
The lack of ego in my fellow residents. It is difficult to tell these are some of the strongest/most competitive residents in the country based on how grounded they are and how much they look out for each other.
What is the best thing about living in Durham and the Triangle?
My wife and I were able to afford a home with a yard for my two dogs. This is impossible at most other top academic hospitals.
How does the Triangle appeal to people of diverse backgrounds?
Durham seems to be a very diverse population and that is reflected in the medical staff and patient population.
Where did you choose to live and why?
I live in a home in northwest Durham. My wife and I own two dogs and we prioritized living in an area we could own a decent size yard and neighbor the Eno state park. There is almost no traffic getting to the hospital from this part of Durham as well.
What advice would you give to someone looking to move to Durham?
The housing market is pretty crazy. If you are looking to purchase or rent a home, get to know the neighborhoods you would be interested in living early so that way you are primed to make quick decisions when housing becomes available.
What are your interests outside of medicine?
I enjoy hiking, camping, and really activity that gets me outdoors with my dogs.