Pablo Plasencia, MD
Where did you attend college/university?
University of Florida
Where did you attend medical school?
Loyola University of Chicago
Reflections on the Duke program
What were you looking for in a residency program?
When on the interview trail, I was looking for a program that truly felt like a home environment where everyone looked out for each other, knew each other by first name, and were always looking for ways to elevate one another to become the best physician and person possible. Secondly, as someone who is still unsure of what I would like to do in the Pediatric realm (subspecialty vs primary care), I was looking for a program that had a well-established subspecialty curriculum but made a conscious effort to always make primary care a valued aspect of patient care and resident education. This would enable me to hit the ground running on day one no matter what route I decide to take in the coming years.
What do you like to do outside of work?
So far, my favorite things to do outside of work have been exploring Durham’s restaurant scene (check out Rose's Noodles, Geer Street Garage, M Pocha, La Vaquita Taqueria, and Monuts), breweries/cocktail lounges and outdoor events including Durham Bulls baseball games. I am looking forward to catching Broadway acts that are coming into town in the coming months to the DPAC center as well as live music and comedy entertainers in the Triangle area. Durham has a wide variety of entertainment (arts, cultural and sports), but if you somehow exhaust your options locally (good luck), Chapel Hill and Raleigh are a short drive away. As someone who has lived in Miami, FL and Chicago, IL, I have yet to be bored, if that says anything.
What is something interesting/surprising about you?
Some of my favorite hobbies include making homemade pasta and watching horror movies (I will watch any horror film). I’m also trying to rekindle my love of percussion by practicing the drums more often as it provides great stress relief for me, although it is probably not as relaxing my wife and neighbors.