Adam Blatt, MD, PhD
Where did you attend college/university?
Penn State University
Where did you attend medical school?
University of Toledo College of Medicine
Reflections on the Duke program
What are the strengths of the Duke program?
I love that while Duke has the resources and opportunities of a much larger program, the residency program has a much more family feel. I am continuously surrounded by supportive, encouraging people who make my day easier and more enjoyable. I am exposed to cutting-edge research. I see many rare medical conditions that I may never encounter again, and of course I get a very healthy dose of bread-and-butter pediatrics. Duke is also actively engaged in the community and schools, and cares for an extremely diverse patient population. There's not a single doubt in my mind that I will be prepared to pursue any endeavor after residency at Duke.
About Duke and Durham
What's best about living in Durham and the Triangle?
Durham is an amazing place to live! It's such an active town. The weather is beautiful. The food is superb (and abundant), and there's never a shortage of things to do. Whether you like the outdoors, sports, arts, music, or exploring the food and microbrew scene, I can guarantee you won't be disappointed. To make things better, the city is chock full of young professionals and basically the nicest people you'll ever meet. If you're looking for a weekend get-away, the beach, the mountains, and many cool cities are just a short drive away. I honestly love it down here!
What advice would you give about moving to Durham?
If you're from the north like me, then ditch the winter clothes at your parents' place. Make sure you have sunglasses and a swimsuit. Invest in Coppertone stock (or Banana Boat if you prefer) - you're going to use a lot of it. Go on a diet before you move down here, because you'll definitely pack on a few pounds from all the good food and brews. If you have a dog, don't be worried about moving it down here with you. It's such a dog friendly community - they are everywhere! And be comforted by the fact that there are plenty of northern transplants who recognize the superiority of the Big Ten over the ACC/SEC.