Start Year: 2020
Where are you from?
Education and Training
College/University/ Medical School- University College Cork
Graduate School- Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Residency- Royal College of Physicians in Ireland
Honors, awards and distinctions
Awarded, Sinead Kinsella Amgen Research Grant in Nephrology, 2019
Awarded, STAR MD Fellowship, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, 2018
Awarded, Exceptional Presentation by a Young Nephrologist, EDTA ERA, 2019
What are your career goals?
To be a leader in nephrology
What were you looking for in a fellowship program?
Somewhere to broaden my horizons. To see a different culture and a way of practicing medicine than what I am used to. Also to deepen my experience, with specialists who are expert in their field.
Which Scholar pathway did you choose and why?
The academic pathway. Where I am currently in my training it seemed a better fit.
What are the strengths of the Duke program?
Exceptional clinical and research options
Excellent support of international trainees.
A warm, collegiate environment.
What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and fellows?
On the whole, there seems to be a very good sense of collegiality between the staff and fellows. COVID has disrupted how often we can meet in person, but there is still a good environment created via online forums.
What have you liked about living in Durham/RTP?
The weather. Maybe I just have not survived a North Carolina summertime yet, but so far the winter has been clear bright and pleasant. Looking forward to a less COVID-y time so I can get to know the city better.
What advice would you give about moving to Durham?
For international trainees, reach out and talk to the co-coordinators here. Getting to the US is elaborate, and in the current times in particular, slow, but people at Duke are very helpful if you reach out and talk to them.