Welcome to the Duke Internal Medicine Residency Program

[Now speaking: Joseph Lerman, MD] What makes
Duke a great place to train is that the bar is set extremely high, but there is a culture,
that really supports you and empowers you and makes you feel like you have what it takes
to kind of strive to this level that, you know, certainly as an intern you haven’t
been at before. [Now speaking: Tsion Aberra, MD] I think one
of the big reasons why I chose Duke, was because when I came to the interview day, I met so
many people who were very enthusiastic about the program and who were also very enthusiastic
about mentorship. A lot of the conversations that I had really
made me feel that this would be a very encouraging environment where my success would be fostered
and where I could flourish. .
[Now speaking, Daniel Maselli, MD] It’s an academically rigorous program, but there
is a lot of fun to be had here. You’ve got a type of resident here that
is just—it’s so unique to Duke, where you have a very personality-driven place,
people like to work very hard, but they also like to have a lot of fun with each other. [Now Speaking Nicole Jawitz, MD] So I came
to Duke with my husband, who is a general surgery resident now. And we were obviously both looking for a different
set of things. For me, I was looking for, you know, a really
state-of-the-art, rigorous internal medicine training program, where I knew that when I
came out I would be able to take care of patients with any sort of medical problem. And so far, that’s definitely lived up to
expectation. [Now speaking, Joseph Plaksin, MD] My first
impressions of the interview day were really how much of a family everybody seemed. On the interview trail, you meet a lot of
program directors and a lot of chairs of medicine that come into say—say hi to everyone. But here really it did seem like they were
really plugged into the program, they knew all the residents personally, not just by
name but knew things about them, and were laughing and joking around. And that really made it feel …a very comfortable
place to be. [Now speaking, Michael Grant, MD] The room
outside where we interview — the residency program usually hangs a banner, “Welcome,
new Duke interns.” And it just gives off that welcoming feel. I have not had anything contradict that since
I’ve been here. Everybody treats me, like Dr. Zaas always
says, like future faculty. It’s really such a supportive environment. [Now speaking Taylor Triana, MD, MBA] My background
as an MD, MBA was fairly unique on the interview trail, and I wanted a program that would nourish
that skill set and help me grow it further during residency. Duke was actually the only program that I
interviewed at that had an opportunity for me to pursue these two interests, and that’s
through the MLPR program. And the MLPR program actually lets residents
pursue business interests and learn about systems administration and how we deliver
healthcare during residency. [Now speaking, Tsion Aberra, MD]: I interviewed
for a program called the clinician-investigator pathway. I had an interview day that was just specifically
geared towards meeting potential mentors in the cardiovascular research realm. I knew there would be a lot of mentorship
here right off the bat. But what I didn’t realize is that we have
so many formal mentorship opportunities that are kind of built into the program. So beyond the kind of organic mentorships
that you form, there is a coaching program and then I also have an advisor. And this is someone who is appointed kind
of through the Internal Medicine Residency Program And so I just feel fully supported, and that’s
one of the things that I really value about being here at Duke. [Now speaking, Juan Magana, MD, MHA] The Minority
Recruitment Retention Center is great because it provides amazing mentorship with some amazing
role models, that you can look up to, that are doing great things and research in the
clinic, in the community. They also provide funding for us to host community
events, community-building events, and they also support us to travel to conferences so
that we can go explore our own professional career and life development. [Now speaking, Lauren Donnangelo, MD] I think
we have a really great, broad clinical exposure here. We have top-notch specialists in every subspecialty. We see a really large depth and breadth of
different patients and different cases. We have very robust ambulatory experience,
very robust inpatient experience, experiences at the VA. So I think it’s just a matter of getting
exposure to as many different clinical environments and as many different types of patients that
you can, and that just the more you see, the better you become as a physician. [Now speaking Taylor Triana, MD, MBA] You
know, I’ve thought a lot about where that sense of community does come from, because
so many programs try to achieve that, and very few have managed to create a culture
like they have at Duke. And I think that the people that come here
all have a common goal, and that is to support each other and to do your best during residency
[Now speaking, Lauren Donnangelo, MD] I just want to say that I think it’s great here
[LAUGHS]. I’m really, really happy with my decision
to come to Duke, and I hope medical students around the country consider this program,
because it’s really just as wonderful as it is portrayed on interview day.

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