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Bryant Kendall Allen Bryant Kendall Allen
Hometown: Fairhope, Alabama
College: Birmingham-Southern College, Birmingham, Alabama
Medical School: University of Alabama at Birmingham

Why you chose CMC: From the very beginning, I was interested in CMC. Everyone I talked to about EM told me to check out this "little gem" of a program, and they could not have been more correct. CMC feels like the perfect blend of a private setting and an academic center, nestled ideally in between the mountains and the sea. Not just that, but as soon as I set foot on campus, I felt at home. The faculty, staff, and residents are all such incredibly smart, caring, and energetic, which makes every day fun and exciting!

What you love about living in Charlotte: Charlotte is a beautiful city that has so much to do! I love playing outdoors and there are tons of local hiking and biking trails, as well as parks, to enjoy. Also, there are loads of options in the areas outside, be it the mountains in Boone and Asheville or the beaches down in Charleston. Basically, Charlotte has it all.

What you see yourself doing in 10 years: I think that I would like to take some time after residency to work in the private world. Also, international work in Emergency Medicine is a big goal of mine, so let's just say I do that for a bit as well. But ultimately, I see myself working at a place like CMC, where I can blend private-like practice with teaching.

Jessica Baxley Jessica Baxley
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
College: University of Maryland: College Park
Medical School: University of Maryland

Why you choose CMC: Nowhere else on the interview trail did I find a group of residents who seemed happier, more down to earth and well educated than at CMC. Everyone I spoke with was genuinely happy about their decision to train here, and the faculty were all approachable and truly excited about being part of CMC.

What you love about living in Charlotte: It's warm, the people are kind, and it's the perfect pace of life. The city is a few miles away, and there are lots of great restaurants and watering holes closer to home. Plus the running hiking and biking trails are hard to beat.

What you see yourself doing in 10 years: I'm up in the air on that at the moment. I'm interested in critical care medicine and may explore fellowship options in that area or possibly get some community experience first.

Nkemka Ezeamama Nkemka Ezeamama
Hometown: Nigeria
College: University of Florida
Medical school: George Washington University

Why you choose CMC: This program is truly the definition of what a family is. Everyone loves and supports each other and the learning is outstanding. DEFINITELY THE PLACE TO BE!!!

What you love about living in Charlotte: The changes of the seasons are spectacular… Oh and I am also looking forward to all the festivals and semi warm winters.

What you see yourself doing in 10 years: Ask me in 2022 and I guarantee you a detailed breakdown but I am pretty sure that it will include babies.

Diana Jo Godfrey Diana Jo Godfrey
Hometown: Tyler, TX
College: University of Florida
Medical School: Florida State University

Why you chose CMC: Happiest residents + accomplished yet supportive faculty + broad scope of training.

What you love about living in Charlotte: Charlotte offers big city dining, entertainment and sports with the cozy feel of small town neighborhoods. The people are nice, it's affordable, and the mountains are a day trip away. I had never been here before my interview but felt at home right away.

What you see yourself doing in 10 years: Great question. I'm open to suggestions but would like to be working in the trenches in large volume, non-academic ED, at least for the first bit of my career.

Revathi Jyothindran Revathi Jyothindran
Hometown: Austin, TX / Abu Dhabi, UAE
College: University of Texas at Austin
Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX

Why you chose CMC: I did an away rotation here during my fourth year and loved every moment of it. The people here are smart, funny and kind and the program truly cares about its residents. On my interview trail, I found myself comparing every other place to CMC…lucky for me, things worked out!

What you love about living in Charlotte: The trees. There are so many trees.

What you see yourself doing in 10 years: I really enjoy the team based dynamic of academics and that is probably the route I will take. I’m not used to thinking of my life in more than 3-4 year increments, so only time will tell.

David Kiefer David Kiefer
Hometown: Carmel, IN
College: Indiana University, Bloomington
Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine

Why you chose CMC: Carolinas Medical Center is an absolutely fantastic training facility, with phenomenal faculty, and a very diverse patient population. However, what really sets this institution apart from others is the amazing interpersonal relationships and the camaraderie between all the residents and the faculty. I knew CMC would be a place where I would be excited to go into work, enjoy making great friends and would be sad to leave once three years have gone by.

What you love about living in Charlotte: Great unique restaurants, fun bars/pubs, and the Whitewater Center. There is always something to do, no matter what time of day, which is great when you have our schedule.

What you see yourself doing in 10 years: Academic practice post (maybe simulation?) fellowship.

Lacey King Lacey King
Hometown:  Elk Grove, CA
College: University of California, Davis
Medical School: University of California, Irvine

Why you chose CMC: CMC was exactly what I was looking for: high volume, high acuity, pediatric ED attached, strong residency programs that would assure I learned something on my off-service rotations, and a feeling of camaraderie amongst the residents. And considering all this, it was still a 3 year program with an emphasis on balancing life outside the hospital.  It's the best residency program in the country - trust me - I did 19 interviews.

What you love about living in Charlotte: There's so much to do in Charlotte. And for those of us that like to explore outside the city, there are a lot of places you can reach in just a few hours by car.  Definitely keeps you from getting bored.

What you see yourself doing in 10 years: Currently considering a pediatric EM fellowship, but as far as 10 years.... I see myself working in some ED somewhere and loving it.

Mike Lara Mike Lara
Hometown: Las Cruces, New Mexico
College: New Mexico State University
Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine

Why you chose CMC: I was looking for a program that would prepare me to do anything after I finish. CMC has a reputation for training strong emergency medicine physicians that can thrive in the worlds of academics and community practice. Ultimately, it was the people at CMC that were the deciding factor. The faculty is approachable and fun and the residents were all people that I wanted to get to know better.

What you love about living in Charlotte: Definitely my co-residents. This is an amazingly fun group of people and I couldn't be happier that I get to hang out with these folks for the next 3 years. Charlotte also provides affordable living with fun things to do in and outside the city. It has all of the comforts and amenities that a large city can provide but is still very livable.

What you see yourself doing in 10 years: Enjoying life with my wonderful wife and maybe a couple of kids. As far as my career is concerned, only time will tell. Maybe academics... maybe community practice.. or it could be that I find a sweet hybrid type of situation. I'm not too worried, I'm sure I'll figure it out at some point.

Sarah Rackers Sarah Rackers
Hometown:
La Crescent, MN
College:
University of Missouri - Kansas City
Medical School:
University of Missouri - Kansas City

Why you chose CMC: I was lucky enough to rotate here as a student and after a month working with these residents and faculty, I knew it would be hard to NOT want to match at CMC. High volume, high acuity, only Level I trauma center in the region and some of the most personable physicians I met on the interview trail. I have no family here on the east coast, but with the community we have in the ED, I am never hurting for someone to see a movie, go for a run, or grab beers with post-shift. And that includes attendings. When you have parties where significant others will attend even when their spouse/partner is working, you know you're part of group that genuinely enjoys one another. That and the free food is why I'm here (I'm only partially kidding).

What you love about living in Charlotte: The trees. I can go for a midday run and stay completely shaded if I like. The small-town feel with the amenities of a mid-size city. I live within walking distance of hole-in-the-wall Vietnamese, Mexican, and Mediterranean restaurants, delicious dirty Chinese buffets, a sushi bar, and record, antique, and thrift clothing stores. I'm also excited to escape the bitterness of a Midwest winter and explore the nearby mountains and day trips to the beach.

What you see yourself doing in 10 years: This is pretty much up in the air at this point. Advocating for health policy reform, teaching medical students at an academic hospital, working and learning within another country's healthcare system - perhaps a combo of the above or a little of each. We shall see!

Karina Reyner Karina Reyner
Hometown: Miami, Fla.
College: Princeton University
Medical School: University of Florida

Why you chose CMC: CMC instantly felt like a perfect fit for me. It was my 3rd interview on the trail and once I left, I immediately stopped outlining the pros and cons of each program because I knew where I wanted to be. While the program has a rich history of excellence in emergency medicine, I was most impressed by the camaraderie among faculty, residents and staff. CMC is truly a supportive family away from home. The faculty here is brilliant but humble, the residents work incredibly hard but know how to kick back and enjoy themselves, and the ancillary staff makes it a priority to make our lives easier. The faculty are truly invested in resident teaching. CMC was also one of the few EM programs that offered bench research for residents. It doesn't hurt that the free hospital food is AMAZING (and it's nice to have great parking!).

What you love about living in Charlotte: Charlotte is awesome. First and foremost, it's affordable. It's so nice to be able to enjoy living in a spacious apartment, have tons of hobbies and enough money to get dinner and drinks with friends. I love that Charlotte offers a big city feel in the center of all this greenery. There are a million things to do outside of the hospital: go hiking in the mountains, white water rafting, take a day trip to the beach, go to a sporting event, Nascar, etc. It's impossible not to stay active. The concerts are also amazing. There's a huge farmer's market with amazing fresh fruits and vegetables that is open daily. Did I mention they have great restaurants?

What you see yourself doing in 10 years: Probably academic EM. Somewhere warm, near the beach. Hopefully close to my family!

Nick Sawyer Nick Sawyer
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
College: University of California, Davis
Medical School: University of California, Irvine

Why you chose CMC: CMC EM Residency really is the program that has it all. It’s true. (1) Busy, high volume ED (>115,000 patients seen per year) with high acuity and great pathology. (2) There is great leadership. Our Chair, Program Director and Assistant Program Directors are amazing mentors. They are exceptionally responsive, and provide us with the optimal learning environment needed to become exceptional physicians. Further, they are interested in our interests and give us the tools we need to pursue our individual goals. Additionally all the EM Attending Physicians are brilliant and love to teach. (3) Carolinas Medical Center is well resourced, so you will be well taken care of. (4) Work hard, play hard mentality. The residents and attendings work very hard but also have active lifestyles outside of medicine. We love to get together for social activities outside of the hospital. (5) Everyone is friendly. This is not a malignant environment, at all. (6) The residency program was started in 1976 so they have already worked out a lot of the kinks that you might encounter at a newer program. (7) Single training site (I don’t like commuting).

What you love about living in Charlotte: Small town with a big town feel. People are friendly and the cost of living is low. It is a metropolitan city with beautiful neighborhoods close to both Carolinas Medical Center and downtown. There are tons of things to do. The US National Whitewater center is 15 minutes from CMC, the EpiCentre in downtown Charlotte has great nightlife, and each neighborhood in Charlotte has a unique feel to it with great restaurants and bars. Weather? Remember, it doesn't really matter where you live for residency because anywhere you go it’s going to be 73 degrees and fluorescent.

What you see yourself doing in 10 years: Teaching future residents and medical students things I don’t yet know myself. Working on EM policies that allow me (and you) to care for the greatest number of patients, the best we possibly can, utilizing our resources in the best possible way. Advocating for patients and Emergency Medicine Physicians across the nation by improving US health policy working both locally (wherever that may be) and hopefully part time in Washington D.C.

Valarie Schwind Valarie Schwind
Hometown: Aransas Pass, TX
College: Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi
Medical School: Texas A&M Health Science Center – College of Medicine

Why I chose CMC: I picked CMC for a bunch of reasons. I loved the pre-interview dinner because the residents were great and seemed genuinely happy. I found the faculty very down to earth and involved with the residents. I also liked the good mix of community medicine and academics that was available. Additionally, CMC sends residents to Tanzania for an international medicine elective and that is one of my main areas of interest.

What I love about living in Charlotte: Charlotte is perfect. It’s a big city with a small town feel. There are plenty of places to hang out with friends and tons of outdoor stuff to do. The weather is 10x better than Texas and the leaves actually change colors!

What I see myself doing in 10 years: Ideally, I would like to be splitting my time between various countries in Africa and a community/academic emergency department.

Dan Troha Dan Troha
Hometown: Leesburg, Va.
College: Virginia Tech
Medical School: Penn State College of Medicine

Why you chose CMC: The people. And free lunches daily. But mostly the people. You will not find an EM residency that is more tight-knit, and you will not find attendings that care more about resident education than those here at CMC. It is awesome to learn from brilliant attendings that are leaders in the field, and then go enjoy a beer with them when the day is over. You won’t find that too many places.

What you love about living in Charlotte: Clearly getting to go to Charlotte Bobcats games. When I’m not watching Boris Diaw brick layups, I am enjoying all the food Charlotte has to offer. There are tons of great restaurants and so much to do here, but without all the hassles of traffic and expensive real estate that come with other cities. And I’m kidding about liking the Bobcats. I root for a real team – the Washington Wizards.

What you see yourself doing in 10 years: If the whole becoming Robert Griffin III’s personal physician thing doesn’t work out like I’m hoping it will, I see myself at a place like CMC that is a mix of community and academic emergency medicine. It is truly the best of both words, as we get to learn what it is like dealing with private consultants while also seeing the volume and pathology of patients usually only seen in large academic medical centers. But I’m sure RG3 is going to call me back here one of these days.
Alex Winters  Alex Winters
Hometown: Columbia, SC
College: University of South Carolina
Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina

Why you chose CMC: I was lucky enough to do a rotation here at CMC as a medical student, and really loved working with all the faculty and residents.  There is truly a feeling of "family," in addition to being a group of people very dedicated to top notch clinical care and teaching.

What you love about living in Charlotte: Charlotte is a great place to live... awesome weather most months out of the year, a ton of public outdoor areas like Freedom Park and the Greenway and a seemingly endless selection of places to eat.

What you see yourself doing in 10 years: I will likely live somewhere in the southeast, working in the emergency department of an academic institution.

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