Holly Nichols, MD, B.S. 2009

Assistant Consulting Professor of Radiology, Duke Radiology, Cardiothoracic Imaging Division – Durham, NC

2009 Major: Biology; MD (2014)

How has being a Biology graduate from Duke helped shape you personally and/or professionally?

"Being a biology graduate from Duke has had an immense impact on my career trajectory. I loved my time in the biology department as an undergrad so much that I took more than the classes required to graduate with a biology major. My undergraduate biology classes provided a strong foundational understanding that allowed me to excel in the accelerated basic science curriculum at Duke University's School of Medicine. From there I was able to match into my dream residency program - Duke Radiology, where I now serve on faculty as Assistant Consulting Professor in the Cardiothoracic Imaging Division. I firmly believe that my biology degree provided the foundation on which I have built my career in medicine."

What advice would you give students in Duke's Biology programs? 

"My advice would be to all students, but especially those that are premed: Don't be afraid to step outside of the box. The biology department offers so many unique and exciting courses and learning opportunities beyond those which seem to directly apply to a career in medicine. Undergrad is the perfect time to explore interests and diversify your knowledge base. Some of my favorite memories and most lasting learning experiences from undergrad were from smaller, lesser known courses, including some of those that I took at the Duke Marine Lab."

Holly Nichols, MD