Alexandra Belcastro, MD
Clinical and Research Interests
- Quality improvement
- Resident education
What were you looking for in a residency program?
I wanted to find a program that would push me outside my comfort zone and challenge me. I was immediately taken with the energy of the faculty and leadership at Duke and was excited to be a part of a rapidly growing and expanding division, now department. The residents all seemed very well rounded and balanced, passionate about their work and their careers but equally invested in their personal/family lives and outside interests.
What are the strengths of the Duke program?
- Supportive and visionary faculty
- Awesome group of residents
- Tremendous support for research with opportunities to collaborate with world-renowned basic and clinical scientists
- Opportunities to work with and learn from strong faculty and residents in other surgical sub-specialties
What advice do you have for incoming interns?
Residency is both a marathon and the world’s longest roller coaster ride. You will have days where you feel on top of the world and days where you feel on the bottom. Hold onto those highs and let them be your motivation on the days where you’re feeling the lows. Know that the lows are transient and all part of helping you become the doctor you have envisioned yourself becoming. You are not alone and need only extend a hand to be lifted by those around you.
What do you like best about living in Durham and the Triangle?
- Lots of options for outdoor activities
- Great restaurant options
- Genuinely nice people
- Cost of living
- Warm weather!
What do you like to do outside of Duke?
- Hikes/swims at Eno and other local parks with my golden retriever pup
- Brunch and trying new restaurants in the Triangle
- Day trips to Asheville and the Carolina Beach
Honors and Awards
- American Association of Anatomy Annual Conference 2012 Poster Finalist.
- "A comprehensive analysis of zygomatic symmetry and implications for zygomatic bone reconstruction". Oral presentation. Canadian Society of Plastic Surgery conference in Montreal 2014.
- Students for Development Scholarship: Schulich Chapter. Funded by CIDA to promote research in the areas of maternal/fetal health in Eastern Africa. Project conducted Kenya and Rwanda.
- American Academy of Otolaryngologic Allergy Scholarship for Core Allergy & Rhinology Concepts 2020.