Nicole Koutlas, MD
Where did you attend college/university?
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Where did you attend medical school?
East Carolina University
Reflections on the Duke program
What were you looking for in a residency program?
I was looking for a medium-sized program with close knit residents and faculty, in an environment where I could learn the basics of pediatrics, but also see cases of rare diagnoses. I was also looking for a program that had interactions with fellows, but not so many fellows that the residents did not get to participate in patient care.
About Duke and Durham
What advice would you give about moving to Durham?
If you are planning on buying, start as early as possible, especially with financial pre-approval, if possible, to speed up the process. Houses in Durham have been selling within a few days of going on the market, and usually above asking price, so be prepared. However, there are several smaller towns surrounding Durham where the buyers have more flexibility. My husband and I bought a townhouse in Hillsborough and love it!
What do you like to do outside of work?
I like to explore new restaurants, go horseback riding, travel, go to concerts, and spend time with my husband, Nick, and family and friends.