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Thomas Blackwell
Hometown:Greenville, SC
College: Clemson University
Medical school: University of South Carolina School of Medicine-Greenville
Why you chose CMC:  Carolinas Medical Center has the reputation of being one of the top EM programs in the entire country and I knew if I had the opportunity to train here, there was no way I was going to pass that up.  The faculty are engaging and are invested in our education as to makes sure we are becoming the best provides we can be.  During virtual interviews, it was often difficult to get a gauge on the vibe of certain programs, but not here.  CMC is a big family, and I could sense that over a computer.  There is a terrific balance of working hard but playing hard as well which makes residency a little less daunting. I couldn't see myself learning how to practice emergency medicine anywhere else and I'm glad I could be part of such a prestigious program! 
What you love about living in/moving to Charlotte: I grew up in Charlotte so when I found out I was coming back, I thought I was going to know my way around the city and what to expect, but Charlotte has grown tremendously and there is so much to do for anyone! There are parks, breweries, every sports team you can think of, and endless number of activities.  Work-life balance can be difficult at times, but when you are in a place like Charlotte, it makes things a lot easier! 
What you see yourself doing in 10 years: I would love to be in a large academic medical center teaching medical students and residents.  Everyone who has taught me along the way has got me to where I am today and I am thankful for each and every one of them, so I think this would be the best way I could give back!

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Kylee Brooks
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Sofiya Diurba
Hometown: Kosiv, Ukraine and Silverthorne, CO
College: University of Colorado Denver
Medical school: University of Colorado School of Medicine  
Why you chose CMC: Because it is a three-year program that is community, has many academic resources, and feels county, where the residents manage a high volume of complex and diverse patients. The faculty is world-renowned but down to earth and incredible to work with. I also wanted strong pediatric training and CMC offers longitudinal peds training with peds shifts during every EM month and inpatient peds and PICU experiences. The program has plenty of fellowship opportunities. Ultimately, the residents sealed the deal - the camaraderie among residents is incredible and they were happy and seemed like they genuinely liked each other. After moving to a new city where I didn't know a single person, my fellow residents made me feel like family before I even got here and continue to do so now. Significant others are always welcome and hang out, the program is family friendly, and there is always someone open to hanging out (like literally every day) if you're bored or had a hard shift or just feel like being around people. I feel incredibly supported and I could not imagine residency without these amazing people. 
What you love about living in/moving to Charlotte: It's a medium sized city that doesn't feel like a huge city but has all of the fun big city things. The traffic isn't bad, and you can get anywhere in the city within about 15 minutes. The White Water Center is epic, there is mountain biking in and around the city, hiking nearby, an awesome craft brewery scene, and tons of awesome restaurants, and you're about 2.5-3 hours away from the mountains AND the beach. 
What you see yourself doing in 10 years: Working in rural EM, possibly doing EMS or disaster/operational medicine. I think I want to do a fellowship but it's too early to tell what exactly I will be doing. I know that I am not a big city person so I am confident about the rural EM part. I also hope to be teaching residents, med students, or paramedics on some way throughout my career. 


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Destiny Folk
Hometown: Apex, NC
College: North Carolina State University (Go pack!) 
Medical school: University of North Carolina
Why you chose CMC: As a UNC medical student I was fortunate to have the opportunity to rotate at CMC despite the pandemic canceling away rotations. This rotation was by far my favorite month of med school. The residents, faculty, and nurses were amazing teachers and were also incredibly fun people to spend time with both inside and outside the hospital.  I was amazed by the positive energy and talent exhibited by the residents on each shift.  I was inspired by their drive to improve every day and ability to provide compassionate care to patients in such a high volume, high acuity environment. I was able to thrive in an environment where I was granted enough autonomy to push me outside of my comfort zone but always had help when I needed it. I was also looking for a program that would provide unparalleled clinical training yet offer the academic opportunities I am interested in…like the amazing EM Guidewire podcast! The people, unparalleled training and mentorship, and the amazing Charlotte location sealed the deal for me. I still wake up daily and am so thankful to be at my dream program!
What you love about living in/moving to Charlotte: Charlotte is a fun city with all the outdoor activities, beer/wine, and concerts you could ask for and it is only a short drive from the beach and Asheville!  I love living in an area of Charlotte where I can easily walk to coffee shops, restaurants, and the grocery store while also having a fenced in backyard for our pup, Gemma!  The cost of living is affordable and my commute time to work is 10 minutes door-to-door which was important to me considering the busy resident lifestyle.
What you see yourself doing in 10 years: I’m still working on my long-term career goals but if I had to take a guess…I see myself working at an academic institution where I am actively involved in medical education and helping to foster wellness among the residents I work with. I’d love to become a clerkship director, aPD, and maybe even a PD one day but those interests may change as I delve more into other areas of EM. The good news is I know that I will be well supported and mentored here regardless of which niche I choose to pursue in EM.


Nathanael Franks
Hometown: Damascus, Oregon
College:  University of Arkansas
Medical school:  University of Texas Health San Antonio
Why you chose CMC: Word of mouth! It was hard for me to imagine a better place to train in emergency medicine. This is a well-established program with outstanding educators and upper level residents. CMC is the only Level 1 trauma center in the region and has the best relationships with other services and staff that I’ve seen. This program is also heavy in pediatrics - which I find very appealing given it’s almost impossible to get enough emergency pediatrics training. Additionally, the resident benefits here are top-notch and most importantly, you won’t go hungry - there is free and nutritious food literally everywhere.
What you love about living in/moving to Charlotte: My wife, daughter, dog, and I love how green it is here!  There is a great food and drink scene and plenty to do outdoors.  So far I've especially enjoyed whitewater kayaking, mountain biking, trail running, and hiking.  The National Whitewater Center has lots of outdoor actives, including free yoga that my wife loves, as well as live music throughout the week. 
What you see yourself doing in 10 years: Serving small communities in a rural ED


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Aaron Frolichstein

Aaron Frolichstein 
Hometown: San Antonio, Texas
College: University of Texas at San Antonio
Medical school: UT Health San Antonio 
Why you chose CMC: There was no program that I was more confident would prepare me to be an excellent EM physician. CMC has excellent teaching faculty, a diverse patient population, and resources that allow me to pursue my interests in the field. 
What you love about living in/moving to Charlotte: Charlotte is an incredible city with so much to do, I've loved spending time at the local breweries, restaurants, and biking trails.
What you see yourself doing in 10 years: Not sure yet, I’m open to exploring a fellowship and a career in academics. I would also be happy working in the community.


Parker Hambright
Hometown: Jacksonville, NC
College:  Wake Forest University
Medical school: Virginia Tech-Carilion School of Medicine
Why you chose CMC: Carolinas Medical Center combines the best aspects of community, academic, and county programs - all within one emergency department. I feel fortunate to train alongside national leaders in Emergency Medicine and be surrounded by brilliant, talented, and confident co-residents who take significant pride in serving the Charlotte community. CMC’s culture of residents and faculty being mutually invested in one another’s success and well-being makes the program a truly special training environment.
What you love about living in/moving to Charlotte: Charlotte offers the perks of a large city, plenty of outdoors space and activities, has a strong brewery scene, and four distinct seasons. Being within driving distance of the mountains and the ocean is a nice bonus too.
What you see yourself doing in 10 years: I hope to have completed a fellowship and be practicing as a confident and competent clinician who continues to provide care to sick patients. Additionally, I hope to have the opportunity to pay-it-forward through teaching in an academic setting as many of my mentors have done for me.


Douglas Maslowski
Hometown: Eldersville, PA
College: Pennsylvania State University 
Medical school: West Virginia University School of Medicine 
Why you chose CMC: I was nervous to interview at such a highly regarded program but 15 minutes into the interview I knew that no one here had an ego. Everyone was very down to earth and easy to talk to about the area and program. The residents made me laugh harder than any other interview I had that year. I knew I wanted to train in an environment where I will see it all and do it all with great leadership to back me up and absolutely amazing residents by my side. It was an easy decision. 
What you love about living in/moving to Charlotte: White. Water. Center…period. I knew I would need some good mountain bike trails nearby to shred when I had a day off and the WWC does not disappoint. Over 50 miles of bike trails right next to Charlotte? Yes. Oh, you want to white water raft too? Done. Zipline? Sure. Kayak? Got it. Yes, its real. I bought a year pass the day I matched here. Plus, I’ve found numerous other places to go. I actually have 5 miles of trails about an eighth mile from my front door. There is so much more green space here than I anticipated. Tons of parks and areas to relax. I am never indoors unless I’m working in the hospital and Charlotte has not let me down. 
What you see yourself doing in 10 years: Well I hope I don't graduate too fast so I can stick around with all these people a little more.  I'll most likely be back home working in a small rural emergency department and helping out with my family farm.  I also want to build and own a public gym...and start my own outdoor adventure center on the outskirts of Pittsburgh.  Any investors out there? 

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Aaron Sherwood
Hometown: Charlottesville, NC
College:  Appalachian State University and the University of Utah 
Medical school: Wayne State University
Why you chose CMC:   I started following a handful of EM residency programs early in medical school because I always planned to apply to the specialty. I knew that I wanted to move back to the southeast to be closer to family, but I also wanted to train in a high-volume, urban emergency department that served a diverse community. It was apparent that CMC had a well-respected reputation, but I didn't realize how special this place is until I learned more about EM during my 3rd and 4th year of med school. At the end of my interview season, I realized that the experience and opportunities provided here are unparalleled. If you aspire to produce ground-breaking research, want to go into academics, or want to become a leader in the field, our world-class faculty are enthusiastic and eager to support you. If you hoping to go straight into the community or work in a small rural town, you will receive the same amount of enthusiastic support as you work towards achieving your goal. Regardless of your trajectory, you are guaranteed a cutting-edge clinical experience if you train at CMC.
What you love about living in/moving to Charlotte: I was almost as excited about moving back to NC as I was about matching at CMC! The people here are great and it is an easy place to live. I can walk from my apartment to the ED ambulance bay in less than 10 minutes. I can drive to grocery stores in 5 minutes. There is a ton of green space, which was a must-have to maintain my mental health. You can catch me walking, running, or biking on Little Sugar Creek Greenway on most days (when I am not on MICU or Trauma). The greenway also runs right next to the hospital and connects to Freedom Park! Having a large international airport 15 minutes away is a plus too.
What you see yourself doing in 10 years:  have no idea. Fellowship and academics are still on the table, but going straight into the community sounds tempting too. I am looking forward to exploring some options during my elective months. There are so many opportunities for subspecialization in EM. Addiction, Pain Management, Palliative, Disaster, and EMS all sound pretty cool.