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Nguyen 2021


Dear Faculty, Residents, and Friends,

Welcome to academic year 2021 – 2022!!

We are the Department of PM&R at Carolinas Medical Center/Wake Forest School of Medicine located at Carolinas Rehabilitation. We have had a banner year!! Amid the COVID pandemic, we thrived and even expanded our operational programming. We welcome to our team our new colleagues from Wake Forest/Baptist Health and Navicent Health!! We look forward to collaborating with you all in our future educational and research endeavors.

Each year, I focus on a different aspect of our department. In this year’s letter, I am proud to discuss our research achievements. Scholarly, our faculty and residents remain prolific in their productivity. For calendar year 2020, our group published 13 peer-reviewed papers, published 6 peer-reviewed abstracts, and lead 53 national/international presentations. We were Symposia Course directors and Keynote speakers in multiple venues. Five months into 2021 and we are on track to meet and surpass the above lofty achievements. Currently, we have 6 investigator-initiated research grant proposals submitted and under review, 13 research contracts in negotiation and acceptance phases, and 16 funded active research studies!!

With the bright idea from our out-going Academic Chief, Dr. Tripp Ference, the leadership from our TBI Model System Director, Dr. Shanti Pinto, and the support of our two senior residents, Drs. Megha Mandalaywala and Kirstin Weider, we successfully mentored 4 medical student researchers. Their activities culminated in national presentations and abstract publications for all involved. Due to the success of this pilot program, the residency approved the creation of a formal Medical Student Research Mentoring Program that will offer the opportunity for interested medical students to engage in a mentored research experience with residents and faculty at Carolinas Medical Center/Carolinas Rehabilitation.

Several years ago, we created a robust Research Curriculum and a Quality Medicine Curriculum to teach our residents. Two years ago, we expanded the programming to our therapy colleagues. This year, we are creating a Nursing Research Experience certificate program to assist our nursing leadership in their endeavor to increase scholarly activities among our nurses at Carolinas Rehabilitation. The program will provide formal research education, CITI training, and research experience to rehabilitation nurses at Carolinas Rehabilitation.

In closure, I thank you all for your energy. I am truly appreciative of your inquisitive minds and curious perspectives. These are the sparks that drive research ideas and studies. I challenge our faculty, our residents, our therapists, our nurses, our social workers and other allied health workers, and our alumni to continue to be creative and inquiring in your daily routines. It is when we seek to understand that is when deep knowledge is discovered.

My very best regards,

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