International Trainees

International Trainees

As part of a bilateral exchange with our partnering institutions, the HYC hosts medical students, residents, fellows and faculty each year. These trainees participate in clinical observership and research rotations at Duke ranging in length from four weeks to one year. 

Tanyamon Kittidumkerng - Spring 2018
Medical Student from Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand

"At Duke University Hospital, I had a chance to be a part of the team: observing the counseling session and discharging process. The team took time with each patient, let them ask questions and explained the situation he or she had to get through. Moreover, each patient always has a role in making decisions on their own. I would like to make this happen in my workplace back in Thailand."

Johana Delgado Aráuz - Fall 2017
Medical Student from HEODRA, UNAN-Leon in Leon, Nicaragua

"Personally I think this has been one of the best experiences in my life. It makes want to be a better doctor, help my Leon community in Nicaragua, and use all the knowledge and the experience learned in the Duke hospital with the patients in Nicaragua. Professionally, it makes me want to work harder and try to go forward for all my academics goals."

Benson Njuguna - Winter 2016
Pharmacist from Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret, Kenya

"It was inspiring and challenging to see the clinical pharmacists at Duke perform at a really high level consistently. They seemed to have a solid grasp of the medical literature, they think through how these apply to their patients, they commit time to teach their students and they have cultivated incredible working relationships with the nursing team and the physicians. They really have given me a new height to try and reach." 

Ana Carolina D’Ettorres Coelho - Fall 2015
Medical Resident from Universidade Federal do Espirito Santo in Vitoria, Brazil

“During my three months at Duke, I had the opportunity to learn about new research and technology. I was able to share our experiences in Brazil from what diseases are most prevalent to how we do medicine in limited resource areas. This provided a new perspective to my colleagues at Duke. This was the best time of my medical residency so far!” 

Dr. Felix Barasa - Fall 2013
Cardiology Fellow from Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret, Kenya

“I experienced technology at its best; what was hitherto textbook knowledge to me, being practiced to save the lives of many patients. I also experienced state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment and a well-integrated record system where all patients’ data can be accessed via a click; all these being done by dedicated and available staff that treat their patients with utmost dignity. As I travel back to Kenya, my patients, students and colleagues have expectations of learning from my experience. It is practical from my perspective to implement a few things I have learned that border on behavior change and efficient recourse utilization to improve patient care.”

Dr. Yingying Li - Fall 2013
Nephrology Fellow from Beijing Hospital in Beijing, China

“I have had an extremely wonderful experience at Duke. I had the opportunity to work with world-class faculty and outstanding staff to provide comprehensive care to patients. I was deeply touched by their dedication to patients, work, research and education. This was the most rewarding time of my life.”