Amy Kaleka, M.D. - Class of 2012
Moving from Chicago to Roanoke was not as big a change as one would think, with the exception of the obvious population difference. Living downtown here allows me to be within walking distance of the City Market, endless choices of restaurants (Wildflour is my favorite restaurant of all time!), art galleries and concerts at the Jefferson Center. Throughout the year, there are several types of festivals held in nearby parks and with the beautiful weather year round, there are more options of what to do than what not to do! And when I’m not in the mood for the downtown setting, the mountains and trails are only minutes away, and we definitely don’t have those in Chicago!
Gilbert Rice, D.O. - Class of 2012
In selecting a residency program, I strongly felt that having the flexibility to spend time with my family was one of the most-important factors, especially since I was married my senior year of medical school with plans to grow our family. Our program definitely has an emphasis on the importance of family. Residents are able to work on charts from home as opposed to having to stay in the office until all of the work is completed. In most cases, bringing family members to residency-related events is encouraged. Our administrative staff has been great in working with call schedules to accommodate family needs. Now, as a new father and in my last year of residency, when I look back on my experience in the program I feel that I made a very good choice not only for myself but also for my family.
Amber Warren, D.O. - PGY3 Chief Resident
When I started searching for residency programs as a medical student I knew I wanted a program that is dually accredited, fully incorporates OMT into the curriculum, and has staff that corrects and critiques my OMT skills on a regular basis. This residency program has provided this to me and so much more. There are several MD’s on staff who practice OMT and encourage it among the residents. We hold OMT workshops throughout the year for staff members which enable residents to further practice their skills and show the staff that they are appreciated. OMT lectures on different topics are incorporated into our weekly didactic sessions, and the osteopathic residents give the allopathic residents a chance to practice OMT on each other. We also have four-week elective OMT rotation under the guidance of our osteopathic medical director. After residency I plan to incorporate OMT into my practice and when I complete my residency at Carilion Clinic I will be fully prepared to do so.
Diana Peri, M.D. - PGY2
Our program’s one month orientation is a wonderful way to allow for a smooth transition from medical student to becoming a resident physician. It’s structured so the interns are introduced easily and comfortably into the various aspects of resident duties. Lectures are specifically designed to teach technical skills, as well as how to deal with the emotional aspects of being a physician. For me personally, the best part of orientation month was developing a relationship with my co-residents, faculty and staff. I realize how invaluable it was for me to have that month of orientation time exclusively with my family medicine team, as I feel at home at the clinic, seeing familiar staff and faculty. I’m at ease when asking questions of faculty and upper level residents, as I had that one month of dedicated time to work with and get to know them. Residency is a long and difficult journey and developing relationships with the members that will be traversing with me during this journey, and the faculty and staff who will guide this aspect of my life, is of utmost importance.