Meet the Residents
Read what each resident has to say about “Why UNC” on the individual class pages!
After meeting the residents, faculty and staff on interview day, I knew that I would love it at UNC. Everyone was so friendly and committed to the success of the program and the wellbeing of the residents. As for the curriculum, I really liked the combination of academic and community emergency department settings all while providing strong pediatric and ultrasound training. Not to mention that the leadership and reputation at UNC speak for itself in terms of the ability to produce exceptional emergency medicine physicians. It also didn’t hurt that the geographic location is top-notch with a warm climate and the opportunity to take day trips to the ocean and mountains!"
-Dr. Kristen Palomba, Class of 2020
The people, first and foremost! The program felt like a family when I interviewed here, and I knew right away that I wanted to be a part of it. I also knew that it would be an excellent place to learn emergency medicine and to pursue my other interests within the field, such as global health and policy. Not having to freeze through Midwestern winters was another big plus!"
-Dr. Travis Wieland, Class of 2021
From my very first shift in the ED at UNC as an away rotator, I knew it was the place for me. I was looking for a residency program with genuine people, who truly enjoyed being together in both professional and social settings, and it was clear that UNC embodied that. Every resident I met seemed so happy and well-rounded. Additionally, the faculty at UNC are renowned, yet down-to-earth and accessible. I knew that I would have great mentors to enrich my career in both a clinical and academic setting. The residency program at UNC provides an extremely supportive and dynamic environment in which to learn, and I love the strong female presence within the residency’s leadership. Working at WakeMed is also such an amazing opportunity and learning experience. They have a state-of-the-art simulation center, super busy ER, and outstanding faculty. Plus, North Carolina is a pretty awesome state to live in. Beaches and mountains… what more could you want!"
-Dr. Joy Hallmark, Class of 2022
Why would a guy who has been out in California for 15 years suddenly decide to switch coasts? Every interview I went on asked me that question. I heard about UNC because of their academics and reputation, but wanted to stay for the people and the ‘feel’. Every program boasts ‘wellness’ and ’together-ness’, but none of them felt anything like how UNC made me feel on interview day. The residents were open and welcoming, but not in a weird fake interview way. The faculty were laid back, honest and easy to approach, yet were serious about training the next leaders in Emergency Medicine. The admin staff is second to none in communication and keeping you in the know. In addition to all of that, I was enticed by the lack of “graduated responsibility” that is so common in other programs – UNC lets you see all patients on day 1 (especially at WakeMed), and is there for you when you need them for backup. I can’t say enough good things about UNC, which goes so far beyond “good training” (the names in the EM department speak for themselves). My wife and I wanted our residency to feel like a second home – we are truly excited to be at UNC!"
-Dr. Ethan Gerdts, Class of 2023