Kaley Tash, MD

Kaley Tash, MDHometown
St. Petersburg, Florida

Where did you attend college/university?
Harvard College

What did you do, or where did you go, next?
I went straight to medical school.

Where did you attend medical school?
Harvard Medical School

What are your career goals?
I plan to pursue academic infectious diseases.

About the Duke program

What were you looking for in a residency program?
I was looking for an academically-oriented program in a livable city.

What are the strengths of the Duke program?
Duke offers strong clinical training while also supporting time for research and global health experiences.

What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and housestaff?
There is a close relationship between faculty and housestaff, but just as important, multidisciplinary professionals (RNs, respiratory therapists, pharmacists and many others) regularly invest their time in teaching residents. I've found the multidisciplinary teaching at Duke to be a particular strength, especially in the ICUs.

What mentoring relationship have you formed with faculty?
Dr. Zaas always provides practical advice on topics ranging from time management and work-life balance to fellowship applications. Dr. Jason Stout has provided research mentorship in infectious diseases. He exemplifies the intersection of clinical prowess, curiosity and creativity.

What advice do you have for incoming interns?
Remember to take pleasure in your successes. Also, when you feel fried, take a break from the computer for a while and go to the bedside. Try not to stress over documentation because it is never emergent. When emergent issues do arise, remember that calling an RRT can be the most efficient option. The RRT system can help mobilize whatever resources you need to take care of your patient, so that you can focus on the clinical situation rather than the logistics. When the nurse wants to call an RRT, it's usually a good idea.

What opportunities have become available to you during your time at Duke?
I am currently in Bangkok participating in a three month global health rotation.

What has been your experience making friends in the program?
I've formed some very close relationships with fellow residents. I married one of them.

What is a favorite memory from your time at Duke?
There are many good memories, but I will always remember celebrating with fellow residents at our wedding.

About Duke University and Durham

Where did you choose to live, and why?
We will at Trinity Commons because we like to walk to work.

What's best about living in Durham and the Triangle?
I can highly recommend Durham's restaurants. Our favorites are Mateo, Vin Rouge, Pizzeria Toro, Nana Taco and Dos Peros. Many people also love the original Nana's, though I personally found it a bit salty and think there are better values. Durham is smaller than some other cities with major academic institutions, but I find that I get out more in Durham than I did in Boston - partly because it's easy to get around, and partly because it's affordable. Errands can be accomplished in a time-efficient matter: e.g. you won't waste 10 minutes finding a parking space in order to pick up your dry cleaning. This leaves more time for recreation.

What do you like to do outside of medicine?
I grew up in Florida and have a lot of saltwater hobbies (offshore fishing, SCUBA diving), which are largely on hold, but I have learned a little bit about freshwater fishing.

About your life

Based on your life, what advice would you give about moving to Durham?
I showed up single, met my husband, and am now married. I've enjoyed living in Durham both as a single woman and as part of a married couple. For single people, going out after work is easy and affordable. The culture is friendly and outgoing, so it's easy to meet people. Also, you won't need to share an apartment with a roommate, if you don't want to. As a couple, my husband and I have found the program very supportive of our time together, especially when arranging our schedules.