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Shala Sundaram, MD. Welcome to Carolinas Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program! We are a very well-established, community-based program, dating back to 1973 when Family Medicine first became a specialty, and are fully- accredited by the ACGME. Our 3 tracks provide a fertile learning ground for residents to learn in both the strong academic environment at CMC and the community environments at CMC Mercy and Atrium Health Union. Residents form and solidify collegial relationships with our peers in other specialties both in the hospital and beyond. Our outstanding faculty have expertise that runs the full scope of family medicine. Please take time to explore our website and learn more about our program and community. There are a few accomplishments that I would like to highlight for you:

  • Family medicine residents and faculty have published abstracts and articles in journals and delivered regional and national presentations in family medicine, sports medicine, geriatrics, maternal health, LGBTQ+ care, behavioral health, palliative care, primary care research and national medical student associations.
  • Residents are involved with various aspects of advocacy for physicians and policy on the state level with the NC Academy of Family Physicians and nationally with the American Academy of Family Physicians.
  • Honors bestowed upon FM residents include:      
  • Dr. Bryan Galusha “Intern of the Year” award selected by PGY1 residents from all specialties in CMC.
  • Dr. Louisa Littleton award for embodied excellence in Medicine with passion for diversity and providing care for underserved.
  • Induction into the Academy of Educators for demonstrating excellence in teaching
  • Excellence in Teaching awards from University of North Carolina School of Medicine Students
  • Resident Quality Improvement projects received include Most Innovated, Most Multi-Disciplinary Teamwork and Most Promising awards from the healthcare system.
  • Our residents are community leaders who serve as mentors for undergraduate students at Johnson C. Smith University and local high school students interested in medical careers. Residents provide care, as a part of their curriculum, at Shelter Health Clinic for homeless women and children in collaboration with the Salvation Army.
  • We incorporate an innovative Integrative Medicine Curriculum. Carolinas Medical Center was one of eight initial pilot programs in the country offering this web-based curriculum which spans the three years of residency. The Integrative Medicine Curriculum covers everything from self-care and wellness, to botanicals and CAM (complementary and alternative medicine) treatment modalities, with an emphasis on integrating it all with traditional medical therapies.
  • Resident Quality Improvement projects received include Most Innovated and Multi-Disciplinary Teamwork awards from the healthcare system.

I would encourage you to contact our residents to get a feel for what it is like to work and live in the Charlotte and Monroe areas. On this site, you will find information on our faculty, curriculum, resident benefits. Please contact us if you have any questions about the program or the application process.

Thank you again for your interest in our program and best wishes to you as you strive to make this important decision and transition into the next phase of your professional life. I hope to see you soon!


Shala Sundaram, MD
Residency Program Director