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Welcome to Academic Year 2019-2020! 

Welcome to Carolinas Rehabilitation, home of the Department of PM&R at Carolinas Medical Center! Last year, I discussed our resident and faculty physicians’ national leadership and achievements. It is always nice to reflect on where we are, how far we have gone and what we have done. This year, I want to spend some time to discuss our community and our dedication to the community as physicians, participants and leaders.

Over the years, our resident and attending physicians have greatly contributed to the communities that we serve. We have served as coaches for soccer and basketball leagues, referees at the same, cooks at Ronald McDonald’s House, garbage pickups at our community parks and rivers, and overall handyman at Goodwill and Habitat for Humanity. We not only give of our time and expertise, we also give of our hearts!! In the following letter, I want to highlight a few projects that we currently carry out to benefit our neighbors.

For the past several years, we have sponsored a twice-yearly Med Fest for the Special Olympics of North Carolina. We were the first and remain the only institution to bring the Med Fest event to North Carolina, which provides sports physical exams for Special Olympians. This is a gargantuan undertaking and continues to grow each year. We now serve athletes and all school systems in the Mecklenburg and Gaston counties, on a yearly basis. We count among our volunteers, school staff, bus drivers, teachers, resident physicians, attending physicians, therapists, nurses, administrators, and hospital staff. Our participation and leadership were so impactful, that this past year, we were recognized by the Golisano Foundation and the National Special Olympics Organization with the Golisano Health Leadership Award 2018. This prestigious award recognizes our leadership in bringing superior care to our most vulnerable populations.

Our resident and attending physicians, administrators, nurses, therapists, families and hospital staff continue to volunteer and provide year-round service to the Adaptive Sports and Adventures Program (ASAP) that provides sports and recreational activities to all of our disabled patients and staff. In fact, one of our alumni achieved certification as an adaptive SCUBA diver while here with us as a resident in training. Our ASAP program is top-tiered and among the most comprehensive program in the nation. It provides opportunities in adaptive tennis, golf, soccer, rugby, basketball, triathlons, fishing, hunting, arm-cycling, water-skiing and downhill-skiing. The ASAP Ski Team will be heading to Norway in July of 2019 for the World Adaptive Championships to compete for individual and overall gold!

As you can see, we have much to be proud of in regard to what we bring to our patients and our community. This cannot happen without the day in, day out efforts put forth by our volunteers and leaders. For the academic year 2019 – 2020, I challenge you, residents and faculty alike, to go out and make a difference. Big or small, it should not matter. What matters is that you do good for you, your family and your community.

Alumni, if you volunteer, big or small, please share them with us. We want everyone to celebrate your spirit! Welcome to the 2019 – 2020 Academic Year and may your year be full of service memories.

Vu Q. C. Nguyen, MD, MBA
Vice Chair of Academics
Residency Program Director


Message from Associate Program Director

My path to becoming a Physiatrist was rather circuitous.  As a college student, I began as a nurse’s assistant on a rehabilitation unit for four summers in my small hometown in Ohio.  After college, I taught high school science and mathematics for two years and then attended The Ohio State University for graduate school.  After medical school, I was fortunate to find a prestigious PM&R residency program in Charlotte, North Carolina where I learned invaluable lessons about life, medicine, and myself.  I found a home within PM&R, Carolinas Rehabilitation, and in Charlotte with my wife and our three beautiful children.

As a Medical Director and Associate Program Director, my role includes oversight of the Mt. Holly rehabilitation hospital site as well as acting as a liaison between our industrious residents and talented faculty. Some of my key responsibilities include providing daily patient care with a focus on safety and durable outcomes, helping to guide organizational strategy, and representing our physician team on an administrative level.  Lastly, a highlight of my career and a favorite part of my job is mentoring medical students, residents and junior faculty.

I am very proud of our PM&R team at Carolinas Rehabilitation.  As a nationally renowned residency program, Carolinas Rehabilitation provides exceptional, high quality patient care and a distinguished resident educational training program in an appropriately rigorous but collegial atmosphere.  The vast diversity and quantity of patient encounters is expansive and offers abundant learning opportunities for medical students, resident physicians and faculty members.
Charlotte, Atrium Health, and the superior faculty at Carolinas Rehabilitation afford resident physicians a comprehensive and well-rounded education.  As a graduate of this exemplary program, I am proud to say that I am part of an amazing healthcare organization, an empathetic and esteemed faculty, and a robust residency program.
 Welcome to our home!

Matthew Shall, MD
Associate Program Director