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Sandy Beverly Sandy Beverly
Hometown: New Ashford, MA
College: Middlebury College
Medical school: University of Massachusetts Medical School

Why you chose CMC: Before visiting CMC, my peers and preceptors at UMass said nothing but excellent things about the faculty, residents, and the patient population. My interview day not only confirmed this, but showed me what a truly amazing place CMC is. The entire program embraces the idea of family and supporting each other both personally and professionally. On top of that, the program is well established and trains truly superb emergency medicine physicians.

What you love about living in Charlotte: I am originally from a small town in Massachusetts and wanted to live in a place that offered modern conveniences but still had a small town feel. Charlotte offers the best of both worlds. It is a smaller city but still has everything you would need or want. The weather is also much nicer than Massachusetts. In addition, Charlotte also has several opportunities for great outside fun—kayaking, climbing, running, etc.

What you see yourself doing in 10 years: I see myself splitting my time between a large academic center and a community affiliate. The academic institution will offer me the ability to teach residents and medical students while the community center will offer me the opportunity to continue to practice and perfect my clinical skills. Most importantly, I hope to be happy, healthy, and still loving emergency medicine!

Bryon Callahan Bryon Callahan
Hometown: Cascade, Iowa
College: Coe College
Medical school: Texas Tech

Why you chose CMC: The most important things I was looking for in a residency program were how well I liked the residents and faculty, reputation of the program, location, and overall gestalt. CMC fulfilled all of those things and more. It was my very last interview and, as they say, save the best for last.

What you love about living in Charlotte: As I am writing this I just moved to Charlotte, but I will say it is absolutely beautiful and there is a lot to do. The people here are wonderful.

What you see yourself doing in 10 years: I see myself enjoying a career in academic medicine where I can do what I was meant to do: emergency medicine and teaching. Also, enjoying my family and traveling the world.

Jessica Goldonowicz Jessica Goldonowicz
Hometown: Brandon, Florida
College: University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL
Medical School: University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

Why you chose CMC: I've never experienced a working environment and community where people are so genuine, happy, enthusiastic, and supportive of each other before I came to CMC. From my visit on interview day, I really felt invited to become part of a family. I was so impressed with how everyone at CMC is so brilliant, accomplished, down-to-earth, and fun—I really wanted to be like them and to become friends with them. This program has an amazing reputation and is well organized with a thoughtful curriculum led by strong, caring, and approachable leadership. We are also super fortunate to have Mary as our EM Residency Coordinator—she's basically like a really cool mom who is always there to answer questions and to keep us on track with all the nitty gritty details of residency. CMC is a high volume, high acuity center in a beautiful area with the perfect blend of county/community/academic exposure. The faculty and upper level residents are incredibly dedicated to support you and to help you learn. My co-residents and attendings alike are always there ready to give you a high-five or fist bump to celebrate your accomplishments with you, as well as to offer a hug, an encouraging word, or a laugh on a challenging day.

What you love about living in Charlotte: This city is gorgeous and has everything you could ever want in a location—great weather, beautiful neighborhoods and parks for running and outdoor activities, restaurants, shopping, and downtown attractions, it's super affordable, and it's only a short drive to the mountains or the beach for a getaway. I love that I live only a mile away from CMC and still live in one of the nicest neighborhoods in Charlotte where I feel comfortable, safe, and can easily walk to work.

What you see yourself doing in 10 years: I'm pretty certain it will involve teaching, a husband and babies, and an emergency department somewhere in the south.

Benjamin Graboyes Benjamin Graboyes
Hometown: Blacksburg, VA
College: University of Mary Washington
Medical school: Medical College of Virginia

Why you chose CMC: The people! Most cohesive and friendly group that I met on the interview trail! The patient volume, acuity and diversity were obviously a big part as well.

What you love about living in Charlotte: Proximity to the mountains (1 and 1/2 hours from Asheville etc.) And I'm sure I will discover many other things in the coming years but I am new here so ask me in a few months.

What you see yourself doing in 10 years: Good question... Right now I would say working in an academic position with some international work as well (South America maybe?). But, I change my mind a lot.
Patrick Jackson Patrick Jackson
Hometown: Greenville, SC
College: Clemson University
Medical School: University of South Carolina School of Medicine

Why you chose CMC: I was lucky enough to rotate here as a medical student and I instantly feel in love with the program and the city. Everyone you meet is smart and friendly and the kind of people you easily see yourself being friends with. And after doing way too many interviews all over the country, it was easy to see why CMC is regarded as one of the top programs and make them my number one choice.

What you love about living in Charlotte: Charlotte offers everything I wanted from a big city without having all the hassle of the super big cities. It’s safe, no traffic, affordable housing, great dining options, pro sports teams, great music scene, and close to the beach and the mountains.

What you see yourself doing in 10 years: As far as my career, I see myself working in a hybrid academic/community practice, which is great since CMC is awesome at preparing you for both.
Lindsey Jannach Lindsey Jannach
Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, FL
College: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Medical school: University of Florida College of Medicine

Why you chose CMC: I rotated here during fourth year and immediately feel in love with the people. Everyone at CMC is hardworking, dedicated but also down-to-earth and LOTS of fun. The EM program had everything I was looking for.

What you love about living in Charlotte: Active, fun city located close to the mountains. Beautiful, green, trees, EVERYTHING!

What you see yourself doing in 10 years: Hopefully working as a happy, successful EM physician (maybe in an academic setting), in an awesome city, surrounded by friends and family!

Angela K. Johnson Angela K. Johnson
Hometown: Rochester Hills, MI
College: University of Michigan
Medical school: University of Toledo College of Medicine

Why you chose CMC: I met one of the upper level residents on a plane to New Orleans (true story) and he told me how awesome the program was during the flight. I had never heard a resident speak so highly of a residency, so I decided to rotate here. During the rotation, I fully understood where he was coming from—this is an inspirational place to be. That sounds cheesy, but I have never been so inspired by other people to improve myself for the betterment of our patients. The people here are SO smart, yet they are down to earth, excited to teach, and willing to address any question you may have, at your level of understanding. After rotating here, nowhere else on the interview trail came close to the level of excellence I had observed at CMC.

What you love about living in Charlotte: Coming from the north, I am in love with the climate here—mostly sunny, with four seasons for variety. I am also amazed by the fact that I can drive 30 minutes to a great hiking/climbing spot, or two hours to the beach! I like all of the different neighborhoods in town—Dilworth is where the hospital is, Plaza-Midwood is a kind of "hippie" area with dive bars and vintage shops, NoDa is where the art scene is at, Uptown has all the high rises/industrial buildings, and South End has nice shopping. Also, again compared to the north, everyone is friendly here. I have had more random conversations in elevators/walking down the hall/in the parking lot than I've ever had in my life.

What you see yourself doing in 10 years: I hope the next three years will help me figure that out...

Christina Kopriva Christina Kopriva
Hometown: Santa Rosa, CA
College: University of California, Davis
Medical school: David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Why you chose CMC: I heard a lot of great things about CMC before I even interviewed. When I met the residents I loved how friendly everyone was and I felt like I fit right in. The faculty I met were incredibly nice too. The program is fantastic and I liked the city, so here I am! And I can’t wait to see some fireflies!!!

What you love about living in Charlotte: Coming from Los Angeles I am super excited about the lack of traffic! I’m excited to be living in a more manageable sized city with tons of green areas surrounding the city.

What you see yourself doing in 10 years: I am looking forward to being an Emergency Physician, possibly with a subspecialty in EMS, and flying in helicopters! I think I would enjoy an academic center but am not sure that I want to live in a big city. The rest is up in the air!
Carey Nichols Carey Nichols
Hometown: Annapolis, MD
College: Middlebury College
Medical school: University of Maryland School of Medicine

Why you chose CMC: When my residency search began I knew that wanted to train in a high-volume, high-acuity setting surrounded by nationally recognized faculty. As the interview season progressed, I realized that while these things were important, they were also available in multiple locations. When it came to choosing a program, nothing could be more critical in my decision than my interactions with residents and faculty members that represented their respective programs. When I visited CMC I met residents who were welcoming, intelligent, motivated, and enthusiastic about emergency medicine. Most importantly, these residents were down-to-earth, willing to learn from each other, and seemed like a true fit for my personality. Combining this with the program's strong national reputation and dedication to resident education made CMC my clear top choice.

Josh Robertson Josh Robertson
Hometown: Gainesville, FL 
College: University of Florida 
Medical School: University of South Florida 

Why you chose CMC: CMC is very resident friendly, striving to maximize the resident’s experience and learning environment. This coupled with the nationally recognized faculty, high volume at a Level 1 Trauma Center and close knit resident and faculty community made CMC my first choice. Their curriculum, both in the balance we have in our months in the Emergency Department (both Pediatric and Adult shifts in the same month, working in pods of varying patient acuity), as well as the extensive exposure to Critical Care, Simulation, extensive EM specialty exposure Conference topics, and weekly Morbidity and Mortality conference was easily the most robust I saw on the interview trail.

What you love about living in Charlotte: That question alone is an awesome point because EVERYONE loves Charlotte! What a city! Mountains and Ocean close by. Plenty of lakes, rivers and streams (not to mention the White Water Center!). Tons of live music, sports, food and good weather. How could you go anywhere else!

What you see yourself doing in 10 years: Man, who knows. Academics vs. community vs. fellowship vs. working internationally. I’ll tell you in 2023!

Gregory Thacker Gregory Thacker
Hometown: Charlottesville, VA
College: University of Virginia
Medical School: Medical College of Virginia

Why you chose CMC: I did a rotation here as a student and absolutely loved it. Every program talks about the camaraderie between their residents but CMC had the closest knit group of residents I came across. While rotating here I felt like I was truly valued as a member of the ED team. The residents and faculty are extremely welcoming and create an excellent learning environment. The range of pathology at CMC is second to none. Finally, the cafeteria is open 24 hours and the food is fantastic….and we get lots of it!

What do you love about Charlotte: Charlotte has all of the advantages of a big city without the horrible traffic and high cost of living. There are a ton of good restaurants and bars. It’s close to the mountains and close to the beach.

Hobbies: Running. Taking care of my incredibly labor-intensive dog, playing music, finding new hobbies.
Kathryn West Kathryn West
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
College: Dartmouth College
Medical school: Emory University School of Medicine

Why you chose CMC: In the end, I chose CMC because of the people. The residents are great people, incredibly smart, and very supportive of each other. The attendings are extremely knowledgeable and approachable. I also liked the high volume trauma center and wide range in patient demographics at a single site.

What you love about living in Charlotte: I love that I can be in the mountains or on the coast in two hours. Charlotte has all the perks of a larger city, but is still personal like a smaller city. I like that I can live less than two miles from the hospital and be in a great part of town. And I certainly enjoy not having to plan my day around rush hour traffic.

What you see yourself doing in 10 years: Unclear at this time, but I plan on practicing emergency medicine somewhere. I seem to waiver between wanting to practice in rural Alaska or pursue a fellowship in critical care. Fortunately, my training here will prepare me for whatever I decide.

Liping Yang Liping Yang
Hometown: Buffalo, NY
College: University of Rochester
Medical school: SUNY Upstate Medical University

Why you chose CMC: High patient volume and acuity with very happy residents = great training while having a great time. The residents here honestly were probably some of the happiest I’ve met on the interview trail and the teaching here is top notch too.

What you love about living in Charlotte: Being that I grew up in Upstate, NY, the weather is a BIG plus. Uptown gives me that big city vibe while the suburbs remind me of a warmer Buffalo all packaged within a nice and affordable area so I can get the best of both worlds.

What you see yourself doing in 10 years: Not entirely sure–edging towards being an EM doc in the community but certainly not ruling out the possibilities of any fellowships or academia.

Kevin Yavorcik Kevin Yavorcik
Hometown: Dublin, OH
College: University of Pittsburgh
Medical school: Wright State University

Why you chose CMC: The residents, by far, were the most welcoming, fun, laid-back group. The dinner before the interview was packed and they treated us interviewees as one of their own rather than the awkward strangers. Everyone had such an interesting background and nobody took themselves too seriously outside of the workplace. Having some of the top faculty in the nation and keeping all of my options open after graduating was a huge plus. I was honored to just receive an interview… the reputation is second to none.

What you love about living in Charlotte: Having ‘four full seasons’ is overrated... here we’re blessed with only having a flash of a mild and sunny winter. Plenty to visit and see—Blue Ridge mountains, Lake Norman, the resurrection of the Charlotte Hornets and Grandmama, NASCAR t-shirts.

What you see yourself doing in 10 years: Looking forward to teaching residents in an academic hospital and getting involved in hospital administration. And owning a fleet of Sea-Doos.

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