Jamal Barrett, MD
Where did you attend college/university?
Florida State University
Where did you attend medical school?
University of Southern California
Reflections on the Duke program
What were you looking for in a residency program?
It was essential for me to be in a residency program that allowed me to help the medically underserved. I also looked for a program that would allow me to work with a diverse population. However, my priority above all else was being at a place that emphasized patient care and compassion.
What are you involved in at Duke that particularly interests you (i.e., committees, research, interest groups, quality improvement, etc.)?
I am part of the diversity task force which helps foster the diversity that we see so much of at Duke.
What are the strengths of the Duke program?
Duke's impact on the Durham community is tremendous. We get to take care of so many great patients from so many different backgrounds due to Duke's prominence in the area. Duke is also a leader in research and clinical innovation which allows novel ideas to be applied here before anywhere else in the U.S.
About Duke University and Durham
What’s best about living in Durham and the Triangle?
I have to say without a doubt, the food is the best part about living in Durham. That's big praise from a foodie like me. There's a restaurant for any taste you're in the mood for. The people are another thing I love about Durham. They really do embrace you like you're one of their own.
What advice would you give about moving to Durham?
The biggest piece of advice I would give is to spend a day in Durham experiencing the different areas. I guarantee there's an area in Durham for you. There's a great mix of trendy city areas and more relaxed areas.
What do you like to do outside of work?
I love to go out to eat with friends. Brunch is my favorite meal of the day. I also enjoy walking trails, and going to museums and sporting events.