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Resident Life

Pediatrics residency

The Nuts and Bolts

Fifteen interns are matched each year. Additionally, six interns enter the Medicine-Pediatrics program each year and join our pediatric residents for six months during each of their four years of training. Another two interns enter the program as part of their child neurology training.

Teaching - A Priority

It is clearly important that one chooses a residency program where he or she can work with extremely knowledgeable, talented, and dedicated faculty. Duke pediatric residents are just as important in the teaching process. They take pride in teaching and learning from each other. Each year, the residents recognize one of their colleagues who has been most instrumental to their own education.


While striving to be the best residency program possible, improvements can always be made. The leadership provides many arenas for residents to discuss issues and solutions. Bagels are provided each Friday morning, giving the residents in the hospital the opportunity to gather and discuss any current issues in the program. Announcements and kudos are emailed to the group once per week to facilitate communication between the chief residents and the residents. Additionally, the Residency Council, with elected representatives from each class, meets regularly to deal specifically with issues of concern. Three rotating resident representatives join the Pediatric Graduate Medical Education Committee meetings on a quarterly basis.

A Sense of Camaraderie

The mission of the residency program is to attract a group of people with interesting and diverse backgrounds who can come together and work well as a team. The leadership realizes the importance of finding people who enjoy each other’s company for both improved teamwork and an enjoyable atmosphere.
To this end, many events that encourage the residents to get to know each other better are sponsored. Interns are invited to meet their classmates at the annual intern welcome party at Dr. Staples' home.  During the summer, the “Phantoms of Phun” group sponsors resident/faculty/family group trips to Durham Bulls baseball games. Each fall, the program holds an intern retreat at the beach for some fun and reflection on their first few months of internship.

Winter months brings  the annual department holiday party. The springtime is packed with activities: retreats for each program level to reflect on the past year and think about the future, senior dinners, a hello party, and more . . . anything that can be done for a little R&R! Monthly birthday celebrations are another great way to take a break and socialize with colleagues.  

Life - It's What's Happening When You're Busy Making Other Plans

Residency is what one makes of it. It can be a tough three years that one must "get through" or it can be a time of learning, opportunity and fun. At Duke, the latter is preferred. The resident should enjoy his or her time here and not just think of it as a means to an end. That means having a life outside of the hospital, too.
Residents here have wonderfully fulfilling lives outside of the hospital. Some of them are married with children, some have significant others, and some choose to enjoy the single life. Many have bought their own homes or townhomes; the local banks give great incentives to residents. They often socialize with each other outside of work and take advantage of all the opportunities in the Triangle area. They go dancing, out to dinner, shopping, movies, and the theater. They play sports and truly enjoy themselves in a wide range of recreational activities, including biking, hiking, kayaking, and visiting local museums and art galleries.
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Contact Us

We hope we've given you a better sense of what our residency program is all about, but we would be happy to answer any other questions you might have. Please feel free to call the office and we would be happy to give you the phone numbers and/or email addresses of some residents to contact. 
Scott Heflin
Program Coordinator
DUMC Box 3127
Duke Medical Center
Durham, NC 27710
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