Allison Berryhill, DO
Where did you attend college/university?
University of San Diego
Where did you attend medical school?
Midwestern University, Chicago
Reflections on the Duke program
What were you looking for in a residency program?
Starting out on the residency application trail, I struggled with wanting to be at a strong academic program that would provide rigorous, yet comprehensive training versus a smaller community setting that would provide a sense of camaraderie and unity amongst residents. At first, I wasn't sure that I would be able to decide what would be the right fit for me, and then I interviewed at Duke. Duke had everything I wanted in a program, and I am so thrilled to have the opportunity to train at such a strong program with the support of incredible faculty and co-residents that care not only about me as a pediatrician-in-training but also as a whole person.
What are you involved in at Duke that particularly interests you (i.e. committees, research, interest groups, QI, etc)?
Duke Pediatrics has so many opportunities for involvement. There are numerous committees for resident involvement that promotes our growth and development as physicians. From child advocacy and diversity to patient safety and resident wellness, there are ample opportunities for continued involvement that bring residents together off of the hospital floor.
What are the strengths of the Duke program?
Duke's program strikes the perfect balance of providing an academic environment with promoting community amongst residents. Our medium-sized program fosters a cohesive environment based upon community and collaboration. I not only feel support from my co-residents, but also the greater faculty. Residents, faculty members and administrative staff are on a first name basis. In addition to an incredible community, Duke Pediatrics offers a comprehensive training environment with ample access to pediatric subspecialties. Whether your goals are to enter primary care or pediatric subspecialty training, you will be highly qualified and prepared for success.
About Duke and Durham
What's best about living in Durham and the Triangle?
My husband and I moved from Chicago, IL where we loved the urban environment but began to grow tired of the congestion. Durham is a growing city, and the development and urbanization is bringing a lot of exciting innovation to the area - and the commute to most places around the Triangle is 20 minutes or less! There seems to always be something new for us to explore - from broadway shows at DPAC to exploring new restaurants to exciting outdoor adventures throughout the various local state parks, there's something for everyone. Durham is an incredibly dog friendly city as well, which is great since we have two dogs that keep us busy.
What advice would you give about moving to Durham?
Come for a weekend to explore the various areas. There are so many neighborhoods that offer a variety of experiences. Whether you have a family and want some extra space, or you are interested in being closer to the hustle and bustle of downtown, you can find what fits your needs. I think it is definitely worth spending a weekend prior to moving to explore all the options.
What do you like to do outside of work?
My husband and I love trying new restaurants. We haven't had a bad meal in Durham yet! We also love taking advantage of getting outside. There are so many trails in and around Durham. We especially love long bike rides on the American Tobacco Trail. We are anxious for a golden weekend to get up to Asheville, NC and get a taste of the North Carolina mountains!