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Local Information

The VA Medical Center is located in Durham, North Carolina, adjacent to the Duke University Medical Center and the Duke University campus. Durham is situated in north central North Carolina, midway between the Atlantic Coast and the Blue Ridge Mountains. From this location, both beach and mountain resort areas are within easy driving distance, offering opportunities for skiing weekends in the winter and day trips to the beach during warmer seasons. As part of North Carolina's famed "Research Triangle," Durham is a community that offers a wide variety of recreational and cultural diversions. Art festivals, theaters, clubs, dance festivals, and concerts are all locally available. Excellent restaurants, museums, markets, and botanical gardens are also located in the Triangle area. For sports enthusiasts, the Durham area offers wonderful golf courses, Durham Bulls minor league baseball, amateur sports leagues, and a multitude of athletic clubs. The area claims some of the finest collegiate athletics in the country: Duke, North Carolina State in Raleigh, and the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill are often national leaders in basketball and a number of other collegiate sports.

Durham, Raleigh, and Chapel Hill have unique personalities and resources, all within easy access of the Medical Center. From the college town atmosphere of Chapel Hill, the friendly neighborhoods in Durham, and the metropolitan feel of Raleigh, a wide variety of affordable housing options are readily available. Interns have chosen homes in cozy older neighborhoods as well as in modern complexes and developments.

Travel to and from the Durham area is facilitated by a number of major highways. The Raleigh-Durham Airport allows for easy access to and from other major metropolitan areas. In addition, other modes of transportation, including major bus and train lines, are available. Applicants invited to interview are provided directions to the Medical Center.

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