Rolvix  Patterson
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Start Year: 2020

College/University: Duke University

Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine

Residency: 7-Year Research Track Resident

Clinical and Research Interests

Surgical care delivery in low- and middle-income countries with a focus on otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, health and the healthcare system in Haiti, and equity in global health.

What were you looking for in a residency program?

I wanted to train in a program that offered strong and well-rounded surgical training, maintained a supportive environment among residents and faculty, and supported my aim to develop a career as a surgeon and global health researcher.

What are the strengths of the Duke program?

Duke has excellent clinical training across every otolaryngology subspecialty, offers exceptional research opportunities and support, and is quickly growing in both size and recognition. Plus, Durham is a fantastic place to live if you like food, the outdoors, sports, etc.

What advice do you have for incoming interns?

Embrace the fact that you will get to learn more in residency than any other time in your life. Don't hesitate to ask questions. Enjoy taking care of your patients.

What do you like best about living in Durham and the Triangle?

Duke basketball, the food scene, its proximity to both the beach and the mountains (perfect weekend trips), and the people!

What do you like to do outside of Duke?

I love reading, sailing, playing soccer, cheering on the Blue Devils, and traveling.

Honors and Awards

  • M.D. with Research Honors, Tufts University School of Medicine
  • William Dameshek Award in Undergraduate Research, Tufts University School of Medicine
  • Honos Civicus Society, Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life
  • Massachusetts Medical Society Annual Scholars Award
  • Kenneth W. Gregg, MD, Fund Award, Tufts University School of Medicine
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