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Dr. Paton

These past two years have been remarkable and have shown me the importance of adapting and facing challenges. I can proudly say our program is constantly adapting and evolving as we evaluate our programs and try to make the experience better for our residents.

What has not changed however, is the camaraderie of our residents, faculty and the department culture which I truly feel prioritizes meeting individualized professional goals.

Due to the current circumstances, we will continue to conduct this year’s residency interviews within a virtual platform that is equally accessible to all applicants, regardless of their ability to travel to Charlotte, North Carolina.

Our goal is to accommodate this interview season in a manner that continues to reflect the most important part of our program, OUR PEOPLE. We will go to great lengths to give you, the applicant, a sense of our culture and working environment. 

We are fortunate to have many highly qualified applicants every year and we anticipate even more this year. We are excited for the opportunity to evaluate a diverse group of candidates for the six categorical and one preliminary PGY-1 positions that we offer. We will not invite more candidates than we have interview spots available.

Here are a few points to keep in mind if you are invited for a virtual interview:

  • Your main point of contact will be with our Program Administrator, Shelly Williamson.
  • Applicants are expected to attend a virtual "Meet and Greet" with our residents the evening prior to the virtual interview. This is an essential opportunity for you to interact with our residents, ask questions, and develop a sense of what makes our program special. If you are unable to join this session, please let us know well in advance and we will work to schedule you for another date, as this is a critical part of the application process.
  • On the day of your virtual interview, the Program Director and Chair of the Department of Surgery will spend some time talking about our program and organization. There will be time for you to interact with them and ask questions.
  • The virtual interview process: Applicants interview with the Program Director (1:1) and three faculty members (1:1). Applicants also meet with residents for Q&A opportunities (one session specific to PGY1 residents).

I hope this information helps you prepare for a virtual interview process that you will find pleasant and informative. To help you learn more about our program, please check our website for updated information and be sure to follow our Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts.

Thank you for your interest in Carolinas Medical Center’s General Surgery Residency. I look forward to hearing from you! 

B. Lauren Paton, MD, FACS
Program Director