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Hayley Naasz, MD

House Staff
College/University: 
University of South Dakota
Medical School: 
University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine

Clinical and Research Interests

  • Toxicology
  • Critical Care
  • Public Health
  • Global health

What were you looking for in a residency program?

Since I knew I would be moving alone across the country, I wanted a residency program that, in addition to being a fantastic place to learn, felt like home and family.

What are the strengths of the Duke program?

Training in both academic and community settings with attendings who will go to bat for you. Everyone says this everywhere, but this time it's true - the people!

What advice do you have for incoming interns?

Making the jump from med school to residency is difficult for everybody, no matter your background, step scores, or perceived weaknesses. I would advise everyone to stay confident, beat off the impostor syndrome with a stick, and continue to do the things that make you happy!

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

The weather is amazing here! The nature in the area is lovely, and you can be in the mountains or on the beach in just a couple hours. Eno River State Park - with gorgeous areas to hike, run, kayak, or whatever! - is less than 10 minutes from Durham. There are lots of breweries and restaurants to choose from, and many of them have outdoor seating (requisite for COVID-19).

What do you like to do outside of Duke?

  • Weightlifting and cycling
  • Hiking, camping, anything outdoors
  • Singing, playing piano/other musical instruments poorly
  • Petting animals