Family Medicine

Graduate Perspectives

Karen Fried, D.O. – Class of 2015

Karen Fried, D.O. – Class of 2015

  • Stillpoint Osteopathic Medicine
    1999 South Main Street, Suite 305-A, Blacksburg, VA 24060
  • Carilion Clinic Velocity Care

When I completed my residency, I felt like I was very well prepared for going out into practice. The training I received at Carilion Clinic was second to none. Since it is a Level One trauma center, I was exposure to a wide variety of diseases and health problems in patients of all ages. I also felt confident managing common diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and COPD. Although the Carilion system is a large healthcare system, the family medicine program still felt like (no pun intended) family. No only did the program care about doing an excellent job of furthering my medical knowledge and skills, they are also cared about me as a person. Each faculty member brings their own flare to the program which creates a very well-rounded and comprehensive program. Each resident is assigned a faculty member as their coach. The coach meets with their resident several times a year to provide feedback and see how residents are doing overall. This tailored approach is effective because it helps every resident grow no matter what their strengths and weaknesses are. I highly recommend this residency program for anyone who wants to train at a top-notch program and become an outstanding family physician.

Bobby Masocol, M.D. – Class of 2014

Bobby Masocol, M.D. – Class of 2014

  • Medical school: Ross University School of medicine
  • Fellowship: Primary care sports medicine, Steadman Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas, Greenville, SC
  • Currently:Core faculty, Greenville health system family medicine residency, Faculty, GHS Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship, Director of Lifestyle Medicine, Clinical Asst. Professor at University of South Carolina- Greenville

I am so happy that I did my training at Carilion Clinic. Being from California, I would’ve ever have imagined doing residency in Southwest Virginia but that decision has been one of the best in my life.

As you will hear, faculty and leadership are second to none. They’re very accomplished within the field of family medicine. Some of the faculty are known on the state and national level. They frequently contribute to the advancement of family medicine through journal articles and national presentations. On a personal level, they truly care about you and are great people to hang out with. They were definitely my home away from home. Almost all of the faculty have completed a faculty development fellowship and it shows and in their innovative ways of teaching.

The training that you receive in outpatient, inpatient, pediatrics and obstetrics is excellent. The attendings on other services value the family medicine residents and hold them to the same standards as their own. I did not feel that I had to compete with residents for procedures. I think the family medicine inpatient experience pushes you to your full potential.

If I were choosing residencies again, I would definitely go to Carilion Clinic again without any hesitation. The training that I received helped me become a leader for my current job. Graduating from this residency will open up many doors for you!

Amber Warren, D.O. – Class of 2013

Amber Warren, D.O. - Class of 2013

  • Medical School: West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Special interest: Women’s Health, OMT, Curriculum Development
  • Currently: Associate Program Director, Cornerstone Care Teaching Health Center Family Medicine Residency, Mount Morris, PA and Mon General Hospital, Morgantown, WV

Choosing Carilion Clinic as my postgraduate training has been one of the best decisions I have made.

First, the faculty, which are amazing. All of the faculty in the family medicine residency program are dedicated to teaching and love it. They are easy to talk to and continuously give feedback to help mold you into a top notch physician. The teaching faculty in other specialties throughout the hospital who provide resident education on rotations are also compassionate about teaching and the learning on those rotations is exceptional. Everyone is receptive to our osteopathic principles and I had plenty of experience doing OMT in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.

Next, the outpatient experience. I am currently working in an outpatient clinic in a rural area. Part of my teaching involves training my current residents to do gynecological procedures such as colposcopies, IUD insertions/removals, Nexplanon insertion/removals, and endometrial biopsies. I am thankful that I could tailor my residency training toward becoming proficient in these procedures before I graduated. Other residents in my class were able to do the same in their specialty of choice such as hospital medicine, geriatrics, and emergency medicine. At Carilion, I was also able to have a large outpatient panel and provide continuity of care to my pediatric and obstetric patients. I truly enjoyed following my OB patients throughout their pregnancy and delivering their child and then having the opportunity to also take care of their newborn in both the newborn nursery and the clinic as they continued to grow. The staff in the outpatient clinics are great and make you feel right at home from the very beginning. I still keep in touch with them and miss them dearly.

Lastly, my role as chief resident in my 3rd year helped prepare me for the responsibilities that I face daily as an Associate Program Director. During my training I was able to work closely with the program director and faculty to assist with the development of new ideas within the program and I am thankful for the opportunity to do so. After stepping out of my role as a resident and moving forward as a faculty member myself I felt well prepared and was thankful I chose Carilion Clinic for my training.


Amy Kalekas

Amy Kaleka, M.D. – Class of 2012

Medical School: Central America Health Sciences University
Fellowship: Maternal Child Health, PCC Community Wellness Center, Oak Park, IL
Fellowship: Faculty Development, John H. Stroger Cook County Hospital, Chicago, IL

  • Core Faculty - University of Pennsylvania Family Medicine Residency, Philadelphia, PA
  • Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO) Instructor

We all have a choice of where to go for our residency training upon graduation from medical school. Once I had decided that I was meant for Family Medicine, I interviewed all over the country to find a program that best met my needs to become a competent Family Medicine physician after 3 years of training, but also where I could receive critical feedback to allow me to be the best provider I could be for my patients. After interviews ended, I felt as though I had found my ideal match in Carilion Clinic for they offered facility wide EPIC electronic health records, a well balanced inpatient and outpatient experience, and having their own Children's Hospital where we could follow our clinic pediatric patients on our Family Medicine inpatient service along with traditional medicine and obstetric patients. All these things were vital for me to have in a training program so that I could feel comfortable caring for patients of all ages and backgrounds. The confirmation that this program was for me was the outstanding faculty who are so invested in the resident's education and skills to care for patients.

From the start, we were placed into patient care teams and my advisor has been my support system to this very day! Her feedback always focused on my strengths to get stronger and gave insight to improve weakness to make me an exceptional all around PCP. All faculties had given great forethought into what I could do to improve patient's diagnoses and treatments, but also lent an ear when I had recommendations to improve the program. I came to Carilion Clinic because they had a hospitalist track for Family Medicine providers, but I graduated from Carilion Clinic with a sense to further pursue training in what I love and pass that forward by becoming an enthusiastic teacher and advisor (like mine were) for the next generation of Family Medicine residents. I owe everything I have become and will be to the people of Carilion Clinic FMRP and would pick the same program for training if I had to do it again!