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Chief Resident's Comments

 Eric Westerback Ryan Mathern, MD, Academic Chief Resident

Welcome to Carolinas Rehabilitation! Located in Charlotte, NC, our program is excited to usher in our brand-new, state of the art rehabilitation hospital in January of 2023! The hospital will be steps away from Carolinas Medical Center, the only level 1 trauma center in Charlotte, where residents are exposed to a wide range of complex patients coming from the Carolinas, Virginia, Tennessee and beyond. Furthermore, our 2022 partnership with Wake Forest Medical School will advance educational, research and clinical experiences for all involved with the program. These additions will bolster the program’s long-standing mission to provide clinical and educational experiences designed to develop well round Physiatrists that are ready to excel in both practice and fellowship upon graduation. At the end of the day, I chose Carolinas Rehabilitation because of not only the outstanding educational elements but also the program’s family atmosphere and emphasis on work-life balance. I joined what I felt was the best all-around program in the Southeast and confidently would do the same again today.

Kirstin Weider Zachary McKinney, MD, Administrative Chief Resident

Welcome to Carolinas Rehabilitation! Our residency program is perfectly tailored to allow residents to explore every aspect of PM&R including pediatric rehabilitation, spinal cord injury rehabilitation, traumatic brain injury rehabilitation, stroke rehabilitation, prosthetics & orthotics, musculoskeletal medicine, interventional spine, and electrodiagnostics. Not only does it offer this exceptional breadth of opportunities, but our residents are also able to further gain experience and competence in their respective interests with our ample built-in elective time. Outside of our clinical rotations, residents have additional opportunities to serve as leaders of various committees, lead ultrasound or fluoroscopy workshops, participate in community outreach events, and partake in research projects (although not a requirement!). By the end of training at CR, residents are competent, well-rounded physiatrists who can step into the next stage of their careers confidently. Charlotte is a wonderful city to live in during residency, especially with the excellent work-life balance CR provides. I ultimately chose CR due to the combination of excellent education opportunities and the family like atmosphere amongst the residents and faculty.

  Megan Kennelly, MD, Quality Improvement Chief Resident

 Welcome to Carolinas Rehabilitation! Our residency program offers a well-rounded training experience that prepares graduates for their future career. We have a strong history of preparing residents for both fellowships and careers in inpatient and outpatient practices. As someone who is interested in pediatric medicine, our schedule offered the flexibility to tailor my experience to my interest, while still getting a robust physiatry training. There also is a distinct focus on resident well-being and work-life balance, which helps support resident resiliency. We are located in Charlotte, NC which offers countless restaurants, breweries, and events to explore during our residency. Charlotte is perfectly located between the mountains and beaches, and has an international airport making weekend travel easily accessible. Overall, Carolinas Rehabilitation is an ideal residency providing excellent resident education while maintaining a supportive environment that values resident learning. This combination of excellent training paired with a focus on work-life balance allows for an enjoyable experience while also preparing residents for their future careers.

PM&R Alumni Faculty Comments

Terrence Pugh, MD: “I have undergone a significant amount of personal and professional growth during my 3 years here as a resident at Carolinas Rehab, so I was very pleased when an opportunity presented itself to remain as faculty. I know that being a part of a great team of physicians, therapists, nurses and staff along with continued mentorship will only further advance my development as a physician. I look forward to continuing my career as an attending at Carolinas Rehabilitation.”

Jesse A. Lieberman, MD "I came to Carolinas Rehabilitation as a resident because I felt like it was the best program in the Southeast. I had an excellent experience as a resident and I felt very well prepared for my fellowship. I came back to join the faculty because of the excellent reputation of the hospital and program and the camaraderie amongst the faculty and residents. It is an excellent place to work and learn."

Matthew Shall, MD:  "After completing my residency training in Charlotte, I was excited to return as a faculty member to work with a number of the fantastic physicians who mentored me through my training. Carolinas Rehabilitation is in the forefront of rehabilitation not only locally and regionally, but has a growing reputation throughout the United States. I am proud to say that I am part of such an exemplary institution."

Vu Q. C. Nguyen, MD "I came here as a resident because it was the best program in the Southeast. The faculty's level of dedication to the program is unparalleled, and every resident is viewed as a unique gem with great brilliance just waiting to be polished. I chose this faculty job over others because I feel there's a special chemistry here. I am at home with this group of people. They're my mentors, pupils, colleagues and friends."

Sonya G. Rissmiller, MD:  "I came to Carolinas Rehabilitation for my residency because of its reputation, and because I had an immediate sense of acceptance and familiarity when I interviewed. The faculty is diverse in their interests, yet cohesive as a group. I feel privileged to call them my colleagues and that I am involved in teaching the residents. I am amazed with each year's group of residents. Just when I think we've found our best group yet, the group that follows emerges and proves to be every bit as dynamic as the group before. I couldn't imagine a better group of faculty or residents!"

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