Tyler Atkins, MD
Resident
Neurological Surgery Residency Program

Tyler Atkins, MD   PGY4

Medical School:  Indiana University

Undergraduate Education: Indiana University, BA Biology, Chemistry

Academic Honors:  Admitted to Phi Beta Kappa Society as an undergraduate, elected into Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society as a Junior medical student. Awarded Julius M. Goodman Scholarship in Neurosurgery as a senior medical student.

Q & A

What attracted you to our residency program?  The large number of faculty who now dedicate themselves to the education of residents trained at many of the most respected residency programs in the country.  The high volume and range of cases that are performed offer an amazing clinical learning environment. With many of the faculty also participating and actively leading ambitious clinical research projects, there is great opportunity for clinical research. Finally, the city of Charlotte, itself, as a medium-large metropolitan area offers a great place to live with much to do in town and is just a few hours from both ocean and mountains.

What have you enjoyed most so far?  The early clinical experience has been invaluable and the faculty have all proven to be very excited about having residents and teaching. Carolinas Medical Center is a wonderful place to work as a resident with immense resources, a high level of resident support, and very helpful and skilled hospital staff from nurses to surgical techs. The numerous midlevel providers have also proved a highly valuable resource to my education and adjustment to the hospital.

What are your personal hobbies? I enjoy spending time with my wife exploring the city's restaurants and parks, as well as rock climbing at a local indoor climbing gym, hiking and mountain-biking.

 

Jonathan Parish, MD
Resident
Neurological Surgery Residency Program

Jonathan Parish, MD PGY3

Medical School:  Indiana University

Undergraduate Education:  Indiana University, BS Biology; Minors in Business Management, Spanish and Chemistry

Academic Honors:  Elected to Gold Humanism Honor Society, elected into Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, awarded Julius M. Goodman Scholarship in Neurosurgery as a senior medical student.

Q & A

What attracted you to our residency program? The operative experience first and foremost attracted me to this residency program. There are very few residency programs that offer the volume and complexity of cases that Carolinas Medical Center (CMC) provides. The amount of responsibility and autonomy given to me as an intern has helped me strengthen my clinical decision making as well as develop my technical surgical skills. The surgeons at CMC have trained all over the country and are highly involved in regional and national organized neurosurgery societies. When searching for residency programs, I knew I wanted a program with high-level training as well as a program that would be conducive to having a life and hobbies outside the hospital. The faculty at CMC are family oriented and encourage a positive work-life balance.

What have you enjoyed most so far? I have really enjoyed the work environment at CMC.  The faculty and staff promote a collaborative team environment but encourage residents to have primary direction of patient care.  Furthermore, the faculty, staff and residents have a great relationship and residents are treated extremely well by the hospital staff and administration. The city of Charlotte is incredibly friendly and welcoming which has made it very easy to make friends. There is an endless amount of entertainment and activity to take advantage of from mountain biking and great hiking trails to walking food tours and free concerts. There is always something new and fun to do in the city. We have really enjoyed trying all of the great local restaurants and breweries. There are also a lot of great cities within a short drive of Charlotte.  We have already made weekend trips to Charleston, Asheville and Savannah.

What are your personal hobbies? My wife and I try to stay as active as possible.  We enjoy road cycling on the weekends, running, walking our dog Henry, snow skiing in Park City and traveling when possible. We also have enjoyed checking out the U.S. National Whitewater Center, located 20 minutes from uptown Charlotte, which has kayaking, zip lining, ropes courses and whitewater rafting. We bought a house in Charlotte and enjoy hosting cookouts with our friends and residents from other programs. Being from Indiana, I am a die-hard IU basketball and Colts fan.

Vincent Rossi, MD
Resident
Neurological Surgery Residency Program

Vincent Rossi, MD   PGY2

Medical School:  Rush University

Undergraduate Education:  Southern Methodist University, BA Biology, BS Economics

Academic Honors:   Phi Betta Kappa, Alpha Omega Alpha, Gold Humanism National Honor Society

Q & A

What attracted you to our residency program?  I was fortunate enough to have done a month long sub-internship at Carolinas Medical Center prior to applying.  This allowed me to experience first-hand how special the training environment is within the program.  I was captivated by the infinite learning opportunities available to me.  This training program is unique in that it entails one of the largest, most respected private practice neurosurgery groups in the country operating in a level 1 trauma center with a large multi-state catchment area.  This provides a training opportunity that will allow for the development of technical excellence in all aspects of neurosurgery while giving the trainee exposure to a diverse set of pathology.  The large attending-to-resident ratio allows for an unparalleled early operative experience while simultaneously requiring early ownership in managing neurosurgical patients.

What have you enjoyed most so far?  Outside of the tremendous clinical and training experiences, I have most enjoyed getting to know the residents and faculty.  The neurosurgical faculty at Carolinas Medical Center are deeply invested in the success of this program and are sincerely interested in the well-being of their residents.  In addition, every employee of Carolinas Medical Center is extremely welcoming and helpful.  This creates an enjoyable work environment that makes it a pleasure to help take care of patients and their families every day.

What are your personal hobbies?  I spend my free time playing pick-up basketball, biking, and running to explore the many miles of trails that Charlotte has to offer.  I also enjoy trying out the newest restaurants, breweries, and coffee shops in Charlotte.  In addition to all of the exciting aspects within the Charlotte city-limits, I have started traveling to destinations within driving distance of Charlotte such as Asheville, Charleston, and the Outer Banks.

David Peters, MD
Resident
Neurological Surgery Residency Program

David Peters, MD   PGY1

Medical School:  University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

Undergraduate Education:  Indiana Wesleyan University, BS Biology; Minor in Business Administration

Academic Honors:   Elected into Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, President of Alpha Omega Alpha University of Iowa Class of 2017, Jensen-Albrecht Scholarship for Excellence in Neuroscience as a medical student, NAIA Scholar-Athlete Award

Q & A

What attracted you to our residency program? After completing my interviews, I was convinced that the operative experience at CMC was among the very best in the country.  The ratio of attendings to residents is higher than any other program in the country, and the entire spectrum of neurosurgical treatment is covered.  There are always cases available that have the appropriate level of complexity suitable for your current experience, interests, and growth.  In addition, the opportunities for clinical research are immense.  I believe that the wealth of opportunity at CMC creates a very high ceiling for resident growth and allows them to quickly improve and advance.  Furthermore, I strongly felt like it was a group of faculty and residents that would be easy to get along with and fun to work with.

What have you enjoyed most so far?  I have really enjoyed the culture of the program.  Our attendings have a tremendous amount of experience and accomplishments, yet remain down to earth, approachable, fun to work with, and committed to the success of the residency program.  Likewise, my co-residents are a small but fantastic group that have taught me a lot and been very fun to be around.  I have also learned a lot from the mid-level providers, who have been very friendly, helpful, and great to work with. I could not be any happier with the training program at CMC.

What are your personal hobbies?  I am a huge fan of both the NBA and college basketball, and I enjoy playing basketball as well.  I love anything outdoors including camping, skiing, hiking, biking, and wakeboarding.  I also enjoy playing the piano.

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