The Duke Family Medicine Residency Program announced today the six medical students who will be joining the program in July as interns, and the addition of one second-year resident. All medical students in the country learned today — Match Day — which residency program they would be joining in the 2018-19 academic year.
The department's newest family medicine residents include:
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
Clayton Cooper will graduate from Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine in May 2018. He received his undergraduate degree from Juniata College and his MBA from Penn State Smeal College of Business in 2017.
He was chosen to be part of the first class of the American Academy of Family Physicians Emerging Leaders Institute (ELI). Following two days of intensive leadership training, he completed a year-long mentored project. Following completion of the institute, he assisted in creating the student-mentorship criteria for the 2016-2017 ELI and will be serving as the ELI ambassador from 2017 to 2019.
His hobbies and interests include traveling and experiencing new cultures, especially in Latin America. He stays physically active with running, biking, swimming, hiking and skiing. He also enjoys reading and cooking and grocery shopping with his grandmother.
Wake Forest School of Medicine
Ashley Dougherty will graduate from Wake Forest School of Medicine in May 2018 and also received her undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University.
She received the Medical Student Training in Aging Research Program (MSTAR) Award in 2015, awarded by the American Federation for Aging Research and the National Institute on Aging. The MSTAR program awards students short-term scholarships to pursue research endeavors related to the practice of geriatric medicine.
Her hobbies and interests include intramural basketball and flag football, hiking, horseback riding, boating and spikeball.
UNC School of Medicine
Matthew Geisz will graduate from UNC School of Medicine in May 2018. He received his undergraduate degree from North Carolina State University in 2013.
Geisz coordinated with local charities and hospitals to schedule specialty and imaging appointments for uninsured patients. Additionally, he worked closely with the clinic’s medical director to streamline the referral process during the transition from paper to electronic health records.
His hobbies and interests include playing soccer in the local adult league, running half marathons and other road races, hiking with his dog, and watching obscure Netflix documentaries.
UNC School of Medicine
Katherine Lee will graduate from UNC School of Medicine in May 2018. She received her undergraduate degree from Emory University in 2011 and her MSPH degree from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2013.
She served as an HIV counselor and Spanish interpreter at The Student Health Action Coalition (SHAC), a weekly, free health clinic run by UNC health sciences students. As a SHAC HIV counselor, she provided health education, testing and results counseling for sexually transmitted illnesses. She also served in leadership as a SHAC HIV Manager from 2015 to 2016. In this role, Lee updated testing protocols, trained new counselors, and managed testing services at a satellite site in Durham. As a Spanish interpreter, she assisted Spanish-speaking patients throughout their clinic visits.
Her hobbies and interests include playing the alto saxophone, running and baking pies.
University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
Linh Nguyen will graduate from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in May 2018. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Oklahoma in 2014.
She created the "Let's Get Cooking!" project to address knowledge gaps and skills deficits in medical education at OU related to nutrition education and dietary counseling. The curriculum offered medical students the chance to both work with dietetic students and local restaurant owners to develop a basic foundation in the areas of nutrition and culinary science (e.g., formal cooking classes led by the executive chef of Stella Modern Italian Cuisine and an interactive tour of Uptown Grocery Co., led by its corporate dietitian) and to share what they had learned with patients at a local free clinic at a student-led cooking demonstration.
Nguyen is a budding gourmand and oenophile, a first-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, and a two-time OKC Memorial Half-Marathon finisher but prefers to run 5Ks. She like to attend monthly Corgi Rallies held at dog parks around the OKC Metro. She is a founding member of "The-Team-That-Must-Not-Be-Named," winners of the Loaded Bowl's Harry Potter trivia night. She would be a film/tv trailer editor in another life and enjoys creating home videos as gifts for friends and family.
Duke University School of Medicine
Karen Scherr will graduate from Duke University School of Medicine in May 2018. She also completed a doctorate as part of the Duke Medical Scientist Training Program. She received her undergraduate degree from Texas Tech University in 2009.
Scherr's research focuses primarily on preference-sensitive decisions, patient-physician communication and health-related consumption behaviors, such as food choice. She was also a teaching assistant for courses in Duke's Sanford School of Public Policy and The Fuqua School of Business. Scherr is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha.
Her hobbies and interests include music and singing, arranging music, and playing violin and piano. She also enjoys playing tennis, Zumba and pottery.
Janaka Lagoo, MD
Three Years, General Surgery Residency, Indiana University
Duke University School of Medicine
Janaka Lagoo is joining our program as a second-year resident. She has completed three years of general surgery residency at Indiana University and will receive her MPH from Harvard in May 2018. She received her MD degree from Duke University School of Medicine in 2012, and her undergraduate degree from University of North Carolina in 2006.
Janaka is a North Carolina native who has been involved with community health (internationally and domestically) since her days as an undergraduate. She has received a BA in anthropology and economics at UNC-Chapel Hill, served as a high school teacher in Durham through the Teach for America program, attended medical school at Duke, worked extensively in central India, and completed three years of general surgery residency at Indiana University. For the past three years, she has been a patient safety fellow at Ariadne Labs (headed by Atul Gawande) and an MPH candidate at Harvard. Her latest experiences, in particular, have reaffirmed her commitment to a career that truly combines medicine and public health. So, she is very excited about the opportunity to join the Duke Family Medicine program as a second-year resident to fully cultivate and merge her interests in clinical primary care, global surgery, social justice and population health.
Her hobbies and interests include hiking, cooking, yoga, dance, appreciating the arts, tennis and travel.