Student Story

Piper Hughes


“People are here to support you and to help you succeed—everyone from the staff to the attendings. And the administration, too.”

More than happy to stay.

Internal medicine resident Piper Hughes has lived a lot of places in her life—including major cities on both coasts. So it’s no small thing when she says she’d be happy to stay in eastern North Carolina and build her career here—at Vidant Medical Center or another Vidant Health hospital.

Communication is the key

As a resident, Hughes spends a lot of time collaborating and coordinating with everyone involved in a patient’s care—from specialists to social workers. What’s the takeaway for her? That communication is key to improving quality care. And not just communication across caretakers, either—any system that’s dedicated to patient satisfaction needs to keep the patient in the loop “so the patient is on board with everyone else,” Hughes says.

Support from all directions

Five years from now, Hughes wants to be a practicing nephrologist. What is Vidant Health doing to help her get there? Everything. “My goals are accepted, and my program understands that that’s what I want to do,” she says. She also appreciates Vidant Health’s culture of inclusion. “I spend a lot of time with the nephrology fellows, and they’re very welcoming and accepting,” Hughes says. As a military spouse, Hughes also notes how supportive Vidant Health and the community are. “The Vidant Health system has allowed me the opportunities to follow my dreams and to reach my goals while keeping my family together,” she says.

“The residents are great—there are residents from all over the country and international residents here.”

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