Rakhee Devasthali, MD

First Year

What attracted you to the Duke Family Medicine Residency Program?

I'm very involved in grassroots organizing in Durham, and Duke Family Medicine emphasized during the interview that they see our role as family physicians as an entry point into working with our community to improve health both in and out of the clinic.

In your opinion, what makes Duke Family Medicine special?

I didn't hear anything about environmental racism or discussions of justice in any other interview and that stood out. Until my interview at Duke, I didn't realize that was a focus I could look for in a residency program.

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

I am comfortable leading groups or actively backing someone else's leadership. I also speak Spanish and a little Arabic and am excited to work with patients and coworkers from many different backgrounds. Additionally, I am very well connected to many community groups working for justice in Durham.

What are your hobbies outside of work?

I love to learn new things. Lately, its been aerial silks, belly dancing and sewing clothing. I also love gardening and getting to know the different amazing local plants and their medicinal qualities. And of course, I love spending time with my friends and their kiddos.

If you have lived in the area for awhile, what is the best part of living in the Durham/Triangle area?

My friends are the best part of Durham. Also, for my partner and me, its an ideal location about an hour and a half from both of our families.


Education and Training

UNC School of Medicine, MD

UNC, Bachelor's Degree in Women's Studies