From the Chief Resident

As a resident at Duke Family Medicine, the styles of living are nearly as endless as the opportunities open to you at a large academic medical center.

Duke is uniquely situated in a dynamic and changing city where residents are exposed daily to a wide range of people both from rural, suburban and city neighborhoods. These individuals invariably become your friends, colleagues and patients; the mélange of cultures creates a challenging learning environment in Duke Health’s clinics and hospitals.

Residents are asked to manage patients with chronic comorbidities that resemble the health disparities of inner cities like New York City and Chicago, in rooms adjacent to those who have been afforded great health, education, and social opportunity.

Being part of community clinics and projects in second and third years of residency teaches residents how to meet the health needs of people from all walks of life. While this unique environment requires an adjustment period to the hard hours and broad social, medical, and interpersonal knowledge base needed, the support of fellow residents and faculty and weekly longitudinal teaching days provide a strong home base to truly make residents feel part of a family.

Durham’s laid back social scene of farm-to-table and multicultural restaurants, local distilleries and breweries, and natural hiking trails, rivers and quarries makes for great places to recharge and relax with friends and family. It wouldn’t be uncommon for residents to gather at each other’s homes, catch up over much-needed coffee or drinks, or meet up to work on projects and mentor each other even.

The most beautiful thing is that you really can enjoy it all.

Sam Fam, DO
Chief Resident

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Living in Durham and Research Triangle Park

Nicknamed the City of Medicine, Durham's reputation has been built on outstanding hospitals and specialty clinics, major health care companies, cutting-edge biomedical research enterprises, and nationally recognized educational programs for health care professionals. Nearly one-third of Durham’s 230,000 residents work in a health-related field. 

Durham is an integral part of a growing tri-city area called the Triangle, which includes Raleigh and Chapel Hill. These three cities are home to Duke University, North Carolina State University, and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, three prominent educational institutions that help create an active intellectual, cultural, and recreational atmosphere.

In the heart of the Triangle lies Research Triangle Park, one of the oldest and most successful high-technology research parks in the country. The Triangle is conveniently located just a few hours from the mountains and the coast, offers a moderate climate, and has been ranked among the best places in the nation to live and to do business.

Learn more about Durham and the Triangle.