Jessica Yeary Sanders, MD

Jessica Sanders
Rural Track



Houston, TX

What are your career goals?

To become a skilled physician who practices full-scope family medicine

What attracted you to the Duke Family Medicine Residency Program's Rural Track?

I was specifically interested in training at a rural family medicine program. During interview season, I attended a virtual meeting in which Duke's program directors introduced their new rural program. Everyone was so kind, and they each had a long history with Duke. I loved the idea of being able to train at Duke facilities in both the Durham area and its smaller outlying communities.

In your opinion, what makes Duke Family Medicine special?

The family medicine program at Duke continuously aims to meet the needs of its residents and the community. The introduction of the Rural Training Track is a clear example.

What strengths or skills do you have that could be of benefit to the community?

Prior to medical school, I worked several different jobs in various environments. I have been an administrative and personal assistant at a hedge fund, a medical assistant and a restaurant hostess (to name a few). I hope that my years of real-world work experience will help me better understand and communicate with my patients.

What are you passionate about?

Professionally: developing long-term relationships with patients based on a foundation of mutual trust and confidence; emphasizing preventative care in my practice. Personally: building a happy and healthy life with the love of my life, Joe, and our fur baby, Hana

What are your hobbies outside of work?

Spending time with my husband, taking our dog to the park, trying new restaurants and reading memoirs.

What is something interesting that not many people know about you?

I have a history of spontaneously adopting animals, so it's not safe to take me to animal shelters. If I ever won the lottery, I would buy land all over to build community dog parks and animal shelters.

So far, what has surprised you most about Duke?

Duke is obviously an esteemed name in the academic and medical communities. Rather than being a stuffy environment, everyone I have met has been kind, helpful and down-to-earth. I feel like I'm part of a family here.

Education and Training

McGovern Medical School (UT Houston), (Medical Education-MD)

The University of Texas at Austin, BA in Economics (Undergraduate)