Mya Sendak, MD
El Cerrito, CA
Where did you attend college/university?
University of California – Los Angeles
Where did you attend medical school?
Reflections on the Duke program
What were you looking for in a residency program?
I was looking for a residency program where I felt challenged to be my best. I knew I wanted to feel inspired by my co-residents, pushed to think critically by my supervisors, and exceptionally trained in a variety of rigorous settings. At Duke I knew I would get all of that and feel supported at the same time. Having excellent mentors in areas I am interested in was also very important. Lastly, I wanted a residency program that felt like a good fit with my co-residents. Great friends I could chill out with too.
What are the strengths of the Duke program?
I love our resident clinic at Roxboro Road. The attendings love to teach and care a lot about the patients. The nurses are excited to have you there and are always looking out for you. The patients and their families are wonderful. In one clinic visit I've discussed contraception and depression with a teenager, coordinated care for an elementary age kid with a rare genetic disorder, completed a well child check for one month old I discharged from the nursery and worked up a couple acute visits. Having interpreters, social work, labs and an amazing nursing staff at your fingertips makes a huge difference in what you can do for families.
About Duke University and Durham
What’s best about living in Durham and the Triangle?
We've lived in Walltown, Northgate Park, and now the southside near the Durham Bulls baseball stadium. There are lots of great neighborhoods to live in and all are walking distance to great food, beer, and events. Right now our favorite Sunday tradition is biking down the Tobacco Road trail to Fullsteam Brewery for live music and beer in the afternoon--our two year old loves to dance and play with the games they have. On our way back home, we stop at the slides in Central Park, grab some ice cream at the Parlour and say ‘hi’ to the bull in main square. I love downtown! There are festivals and concerts all the time, and it feels like there is a new restaurant to try every week. Did I mention my commute to the hospital is seven minutes?
What advice would you give about moving to Durham?
There is a lot of new development in Durham and a variety of different types of neighborhoods to live in. Some new, some old, and some part of sustainable community initiatives. You can live on your own acre of land, rent a loft downtown with an in-house gym, and everything in between--all within a reasonable commute to the hospital. It's a great place to invest but I recommend coming to explore the city before you decide where you're going to settle. Hit me up if you would like a tour.
What is something interesting/surprising about you?
I am a transplant from Northern California and have been here five years. I grew up all around the East Bay and went to Berkeley High School, so weird is second nature to me. . .having the grocery store clerk ask about my life, however, not so much. I guarantee no one will confuse me for a native even now, but I have come to find great comfort in the daily acts of kindness and connection that are part of Southern culture. What I love about Durham is you get both progressive and community in the same place. Now when I go back to Berkeley and greet strangers on the street, people look at me like I'm the crazy one.