David Chi

2009 Major: Biology; minor in Chemistry

Currently: Plastic Surgery Resident, Washington University / Barnes-Jewish Hospital — St. Louis, Missouri

How has being a Biology graduate from Duke helped shape your professional success?

"The challenging coursework required for a Duke biology degree pushed me beyond rote memorization and mandated that I develop creativity to apply principles to novel never-seen-before situations. These skills were invaluable in earning my MD and PhD at Harvard Medical School. Even now, during my residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery, we constantly apply the framework known as the reconstructive ladder to solve complex surgical defects. My time at Duke has made me no stranger to these challenges."

What advice would you give students in Biology?

"Focus on learning the ins and outs of the concepts. Once you know the how and why, you can apply this reasoning to just about any situation. As someone who hates memorizing facts, understanding the foundational concepts has saved me SO MUCH time. Time much better spent following Duke basketball and football!"

David Chi2009
Plastic Surgery Resident, Washington University / Barnes-Jewish Hospital — St. Louis, Missouri