Tyler Beckler

Hometown: Hickory, North Carolina
Undergraduate School: Gardner-Webb University
Medical School: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Areas of Interest in Emergency Medicine: Global Health, Wilderness Medicine
Hobbies: Hanging out with my awesome wife, backpacking, scuba diving, fishing, ultimate Frisbee
Why I Chose UNC: UNC has a great group of people that love what they do. In my opinion, what makes life fun is the people that you get to spend it with and the UNC family is a phenomenal one to be a part of. Also, the Chapel Hill area is a nice place to live with lots of fun things to do here locally but it is also conveniently just a couple hours from the mountains and the beach.


Zachary Cardon

Hometown: Mountain Green, Utah
Undergraduate School: Brigham Young University
Medical School: University of Texas Southwestern
Areas of Interest in Emergency Medicine: Education, Wilderness, EMS
Hobbies: Being with the family, traveling, hiking/camping, soccer, reading
Why I Chose UNC: The people, the location, and the great training. Everyone I have met are fantastic individuals who you can tell really care a lot about the residents. The area is second to none with a great blend of outdoors, coastline, and lots of short traveling adventures waiting to happen. I really like the multiple sites for training and UNC is going to get you where you want to go.


Kimberly Fender

Hometown: Greenville, South Carolina
Undergraduate School: College of Charleston
Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina
Areas of Interest in Emergency Medicine: Global health, palliative care, geriatric EM, ultrasound, administration, health policy, emergency psychiatry, and pain management in the ED
Hobbies: Sailing, gardening, photography, traveling, dance, card making, astronomy, and any outdoor adventure
Why I Chose UNC: What’s not to love! The program director Nikki Binz and the rest of the residency leadership are committed to training excellent and happy EM physicians. A supportive training environment and an emphasis on resident wellness are true priorities here. The faculty and residents were very welcoming and made the effort to truly get to know my aspirations and understand how they could help me achieve my goals within EM. The residency program had a “family feel” that for me is important for promoting teamwork and a positive learning atmosphere. UNC’s EM program is a perfect mix of strong academics and community emergency medicine with ample pediatric exposure and a diverse patient population. You have the opportunity to train alongside brilliant emergency medicine physicians who are both leaders and advocates in the field. UNC has unparalleled global health options, and the possibilities for leadership, fellowship training, teaching, and research are endless. Also, North Carolina is a beautiful part of the country and close to my family. I am so excited to be a part of the UNC family!


Joseph Fisher

Hometown: Tucson, Arizona
Undergraduate School: University of Arizona
Medical School: University of Arizona
Areas of Interest in Emergency Medicine: EMS, Education, Air Force/Military EM
Hobbies: Anything outdoors, working out, and traveling
Why I Chose UNC: Academic/community split, the program philosophy, staff, residents, and location. Most importantly it was the family vibe I got during my interview.


Kyle Grimaldi

Hometown: Gloucester, Massachusetts
Undergraduate School: Rochester Institute of Technology
Medical School: University of Buffalo
Areas of Interest in Emergency Medicine: Ultrasound, Sports Medicine
Hobbies: Soccer, outdoor activities, traveling, Boston sports teams
Why I Chose UNC: I wanted two things out of a residency program, outstanding clinical training and enjoying my time while receiving it. I knew after my interview that I could get both at UNC. The people are all down to earth and high spirited, there are tons of things to do around the area and I was ready for some warmer weather than I had living in the northeast.


Kristie Hadley

Hometown: Plymouth, Massachusetts
Undergraduate School: Loyola University – New Orleans
Medical School: Ben Gurion University
Areas of Interest in Emergency Medicine: Disaster Response, EMS, Global EM, Education
Hobbies: Hiking, cooking, playing volleyball, making jewelry
Why I Chose UNC: I fell in love with the place and the people on interview day. From the current residents to the people interviewing me I had the most engaging and fun conversations. I have family in the area so I have heard a lot about UNC over the years. As an institution, it has a very real commitment to both high quality clinical medicine and to social medicine through community engagement. The EM department shares this commitment and it is a large part of the reason I chose UNC. I also appreciate that there is a good mix of academic and community EM. And if that wasn’t enough, the weather is fantastic, the area is beautiful, it is 2 hours from the beach and 2.5 hours from the mountains!


Lauren Massimo

Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona
Undergraduate School: University of Arizona
Medical School: University of Arizona
Areas of Interest in Emergency Medicine: Education, Research, Public Health
Hobbies: Family time with my husband, son and 2 dogs, restaurants & craft brew, dancing, baking, college sports, travel
Why I Chose UNC: Friendly, supportive, family-feel with amazing, genuine people. Dr. Waller and the rest of the faculty and residents were so open and down-to-earth on the interview day. UNC has a great reputation with strong opportunities in academic and community EM as well as in research and education. Plus, NC is the perfect location for my family with lots to do, fairly mild weather and beautiful scenery.


Michael McGarry

Hometown: South Berwick, Maine
Undergraduate School: Arizona State University
Medical School: Florida Atlantic University
Areas of Interest in Emergency Medicine: Ultrasound, Global Health
Hobbies: Fishing, hiking, being outside, hanging out with my dog (Spot), watching and playing sports
Why I Chose UNC: The people I met during my interview day were all amazing. I found this program to have a real family feel as everyone seemed close and supportive. I was also really impressed with the faculty that I met and the diversity of practice settings. Also, living in the triangle was very attractive!


Sarah Monks

Hometown: Tucson, Arizona
Undergraduate School: University of Arizona
Medical School: University of Arizona
Areas of Interest in Emergency Medicine: EMS, Education, Simulation
Hobbies: Soccer, hiking, snowboarding, traveling, eating!
Why I Chose UNC: I love the family feel, the chance to learn at both UNC and WakeMed, and I really believe in the UNC philosophy that good people make good doctors. Plus, Mia Hamm, Michael Jordan, and Tintinalli – talk about the dream team.


Kristen Palomba

Hometown: Romeo, Michigan
Undergraduate School: Michigan State University, Central Michigan University
Medical School: Central Michigan University
Areas of Interest in Emergency Medicine: Pediatrics, Ultrasound, Education
Hobbies: Running, hiking, and doing outdoorsy things with my dogs. Cooking, baking, and watching Chopped. Avidly cheering on the Spartans and all Detroit sporting teams – Go Lions!
Why I Chose UNC: 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 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 speaks for itself in terms of 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!