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David Conner, MD

House Staff
University of Tennessee - Knoxville
Medical School: 
Wake Forest University School of Medicine

Clinical and Research Interests

Prior research in chest pain risk stratification.

What were you looking for in a residency program?

Academic excellence, focus on resident training and education, and receptiveness to resident feedback

What are the strengths of the Duke program?

Duke's EM program has been fantastic at responding to resident feedback. Our program director, Dr. Broder, is very personable and a reliable resource for all of us. Our didactics, procedure training, and sim labs are top notch. Our faculty has been excellent at teaching residents, and being at a major academic medical center gives us exposure to a wide variety of pathologies and training with special patient groups (LVAD, Lung transplant, etc) which may not be seen everywhere else. Also, our residents tend to be very friendly and have been a great source of support.

What advice do you have for incoming interns?

  • Be open and seek out constructive criticism from your supervisors.
  • Everything may seem overwhelming at the beginning, but you will quickly begin to figure it out.
  • Try to be efficient with your time. It is important to try to maintain some kind of life outside of medicine.
  • Remember why you chose this job in the first place. Things will be hard and stressful, but it can be very rewarding.

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

Durham is big enough to have everything you could really want and need without the hassles of larger cities, but if you want to visit a large city, Raleigh is only a short drive away.

What do you like to do outside of Duke?

Hiking, fishing, rock climbing, beer brewing, and wood burning

Honors and Awards

  • Emergency Medicine - Resident of the Month - August 2019