Chief's Corner

Chief's Corner

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SALMAN GOHAR, M.D.

It has been an honor and a truly amazing experience to work as the PGY-4 Chief Medical Resident at Carilion Clinic, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine (VTCSOM) program. This year marked profound growth for me on many levels. I had decided early that I would focus on teaching evidence based medicine, improving quality of clinical care and encouraging new ideas for resident research and education. It worked out very well primarily due to the fact that I was fortunate to work with an amazing team of co-chiefs and medicine faculty who were dedicated to house staff education and development. In addition, I was able to acquire an array of nifty new skills ranging from schedule development, team building, conflict resolution, providing feedback, effective delegation, impulse control and self reflection. All of which remain vital for the development of the future clinician educator.

On a personal note, living in Roanoke has been a wonderful experience. The city is nestled in the midst of the Blue Ridge Mountains in a beautiful part of Southwest Virginia. I enjoyed all four seasons, excellent school districts, little traffic and an amazing cost of living. Of course the Blue Ridge Parkway was a few miles away too! Roanoke for me has been the perfect blend of small and mid-sized city hence proving to be an ideal place to raise a family.

So in the end, for all the above reasons and more I accepted a fellowship in Cardiology at Carilion Clinic VTCSOM. Now I look forward to many more years of learning in the serene Roanoke Valley.

JACOB BLAZO, D.O.

Carilion offers an experience that can only be rivaled by large academic centers yet is in a beautiful setting in Southwest Virginia.

I wanted a large patient population and a tertiary center so I would not see my most interesting or critically ill patients being transferred to a larger institution. If I could be trained to handle the sickest patients here, then I could find calm anywhere I went from here.

I desired a training location that took advantage of technology that we will soon all be accustomed to eventually. Carilion has very well integrated electronic medical record. We are able to view all of our imaging studies and even echocardiograms and cardiac catherizations. A cell phone text messagereplaces the traditional paging system.

Finally, I wanted to have a hands-on experience with a plentiful and wide-range of procedural opportunities. Not only during critical care months do we perform a numerous variety of procedures, but even the general ward months provide ample opportunities for critical care management and procedures for our ICU patients. Finally, the ancillary staff is great to work with and allow us to focus more on our physician duties and education.

Our attendings are focused on teaching residents and make the experience more enjoyable rather than intimidating. Their teachings are passed down from the residents as we teach our medical students from Virginia Tech and several other institutions. Our administration supports us and facilitates the research interests, presenting works at conferences across the U.S., and overall shows interest in resident moral. The administration really listens to resident concerns and makes adjustments as needed to accommodate different ideas and perspectives.

I will miss being able to hop on the Blue Ridge Parkway for a breath-taking drive after a long day of work. This was both an impressive geographical and educational experience. I have no regrets on choosing Virginia Tech Carilion and would do it again without hesitation.

 

MARY CARTER, M.D.

"When I reflect back after almost three years of residency at Carilion Clinic-VTC it is very clear that I learned much more than Internal Medicine alone. The camaraderie among the residents and the hospital staff in general fosters a good environment based on teamwork. I was amazed at the amount of knowledge and experience that I gained during my intern year. My attendings and senior residents always had a passion for teaching, even after overnight calls. I also enjoyed the opportunity to rotate with different subspecialities during electives and have seen a variety of diverse pathologies. With a growing number of fellowships and our new Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine it has definitely been an exciting program to be a part of. These are just a few of the reasons that make me sure I made the right choice to come here for residency and to stay here to complete a fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care."