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The Carolinas Medical Center Family Medicine Residency program provides an array of special training opportunities, including training in both academic and community environments, with diverse patient communities to become the most skilled, well-prepared family physicians. The residency program formally began in 1973, but its heritage dates to 1969 with its predecessor, a general practice training. We are 1 program with 1 curriculum delineated in 3 tracks; the tracks delineate the location of residency continuity clinics.

  • Atrium Health Biddle Point, a facility of Carolinas Medical Center/Urban Underserved Track
  • Carolinas Medical Center - Elizabeth Family Medicine/Traditional Track
  • Atrium Health Union Family Practice/Community Apprenticeship Track

Residents have the advantage of departmental programs that include award-winning, primary-care-oriented clinical research, the teaching of medical students and community involvement via various initiatives. Family Medicine Residents will receive hands-on experience in the following:

  • Integrative medicine
  • Sports medicine
  • Geriatrics
  • Behavioral medicine
  • Clinical research

The residency program is fully approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

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An Inside Look at the Family Medicine Residency Program

Learning and Growing: A Resident's Perspective

Building a Strong Foundation: Our Faculty’s View

Where You Will Train


Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center

Family Medicine residents spend the majority of the first year at Carolinas Medical Center (CMC), a large, tertiary-care medical center, cementing relationship with residents in other specialties while preparing them to be in our community hospitals, Atrium health Mercy and Atrium Health Union. The maternal and pediatric Family Medicine inpatient service is located at CMC for the residents in the Biddle Point and Elizabeth Tracks.

Meet the Faculty

Shala Sundaram, MD.

“It is my pleasure to introduce you to our Family Medicine Residency program. Our residents and faculty enjoy collaborative, supportive, and collegial relationships with each other and our peers in other specialties both in the hospital and beyond. We welcome you to visit our ‘family’.”

Shala Sundaram, MD
Residency Program Director

With a nationally and internationally renowned team of family medicine physicians who serve as faculty, our residents have access to a breadth of experience and knowledge in the Carolinas Medical Center Family Medicine Residency program. View their bios here.

Program Curriculum

The Family Medicine Residency program is designed so each resident assumes increasing patient management responsibilities commensurate with his or her professional development and maturity. In our program, the family medicine resident (while serving on the medical, pediatric, emergency medicine or obstetrical services) enjoys all the privileges and responsibilities of comparable residents in these specialties.

Family Medicine residents receive hands-on experience in various procedures and examinations, including critical care, code blue management and other patient care interactions in our state-of-the-art Simulation Center on campus throughout the 3 years of residency.

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Salary and Benefits

In addition to the educational and career benefits of the Carolinas Medical Center Family Medicine Residency program, residents will receive many financial benefits.

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Application Criteria

Applications will be accepted only from participants in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). If you wish to apply to the department’s residency program tracks (Elizabeth/Traditional, Biddle Point/Urban Underserved and Union/Community Apprenticeship), please indicate within ERAS what tracks you are interested in when you complete your application. Please note that you can apply to all three tracks or any combination that you prefer.

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