Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University
I chose to continue my medical education with Novant Health Family Medicine because I felt confident that I would
leave as a competent physician ready to pursue any career path. I found a place where I will get exceptional training, be surrounded by incredible mentors and coworkers, and feel a sense of satisfaction and purpose for my work.
Lifestyle medicine, women’s health and geriatrics.
My advice to current applicants is to follow your gut! Picture yourself as a resident in each program and imagine if
you think you would flourish there. Have faith that you will end up where you are meant to be.
My favorite part of living in Charlotte is being close to my family and my fiancé family! Of course, the city also has
a lot to offer as far as restaurants and outdoor activities along with small historic towns scattered on the outskirts.
Colorado Springs, Colorado
I completed my medical school education in Poland at the Medical University of Gdansk.
Dr. Higdon inspired me from day 1. I realized that for all my subsequent interviews, I used NHFMRP as the ideal example of a program! I love the 1,095-day approach to residency training and believe the program will prepare me for a healthy
and thriving life-long career in medicine. I wanted to end up in a program whose work ethics resemble what I want my
own to become. Seeing small acts of care such as knowing the names of all the staff of the facility on a first-name basis made the environment truly genuine. The residents are honest and sincerely happy. I wanted to be surrounded by leaders in medicine and I knew that would be the case at NHFMRP.
I am passionate about understanding and advocating for balancing metabolic disturbances to give patients the ability to reach peak immunity to fight infectious diseases. I dream of creating a proactive, evidence-based, patient-centered, and personalized tool kit to help pause chronic disease progression while also eliminating risk factors for severe outcomes. Furthermore, I aspire to treat patients as a whole and to be able to truly impact their health through patient education. I
also enjoy sports medicine (aesthetic sports and RED-S), women’s health, lifestyle, functional, obesity and Veteran medicine
After each interview, record yourself talking about your interview on Voice Memos. Talk about what you liked and what gave you motivation from the interview. Pros and cons. In the end, I promise you will know what program is the best fit
for you! You might even hear it in the excitement of your voice when listening to the recording later. Additionally, if interviews will still be virtual this year, my advice is to go visit your top program and area to confirm your intuitive
The Charlotte area has so many opportunities and activities to explore. There are many great career opportunities for partners, especially at the UNCC. It’s a big town with a small-town feel. Personally, I cannot wait to visit the various
coffee shops. So far, I’ve only been to Water Bean Coffee and Summit Coffee Co. I look forward to visiting farmer’s markets, finding beautiful hiking trails for our puppies, boating at Lake Norman, and having my co-residents over for BBQs.
Isabela, Puerto Rico
I completed my undergraduate studies at the University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras Campus and attended medical
school at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine
Since interview day, I was immediately captivated by the collegiality and welcoming atmosphere of the program.
Everyone was great! The residents were genuinely happy. After my interview, I just knew. This program offered
me exactly what I was looking for. Some of my highlights were the community focus, physician well-being
promotion, and the opportunities to work with Spanish-speaking populations. I felt it was a program that supported my interests and a place where I would grow as a person and a physician and enjoy each day.
I’m interested in Community Medicine and working with underserved populations. I’m also passionate about exploring ways to improve access to healthcare and health outcomes. Also, medical education is very dear to my heart, and I would love to work with medical students.
Stay true to your priorities and trust the gut feeling! Sometimes you know, however it’s okay to feel confused or overwhelmed during the process. Find your support system and let them be there for you. You will see what you
value in a program and how you visualize yourself in the upcoming years. Also, don’t forget to have fun and enjoy the process!
The musical scene at Charlotte! I love going to musicals and concerts. They have a great variety to select from.
I’m in awe of the many art exhibitions going on. Also, I love that there are plenty of restaurants and outdoor areas for activities.
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM)- Auburn
After my interview with Novant Health, it was the first time I called my mom to tell her I really loved a program. During my interview, I felt so welcomed and comfortable the entire time. I was treated as a member of the team from day one.
Within family medicine, I am very interested in behavioral health and women’s health.
At first it may be difficult to gauge whether you like a program or if it feels right. But that feeling of uncertainness
means you haven’t found your perfect fit yet. Trust yourself to know when an interview and resident meet and greet feels like you’re talking to people you’ve known for a long time. You’ll know when the program is a good fit for you because you’ll be able to imagine yourself there without any hesitation.
Having lived in some of the flattest areas of the south, being close to the mountains is one of the biggest perks of
living in Charlotte! I love to hike and I’m excited now hiking can be a weekend trip instead of a cross country one.
Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine
I prioritized wellness and my career goals. I wanted to work with people that share some of my values, such as family, mental health, teamwork, and community. I was also excited about the focus on leadership and practice management. Going
into primary care, these are important elements in my training, and I appreciated that these are thoughtfully structured
into the curriculum. Lastly, and everyone says this, but the people here are the best! Our PD and APD are just the loveliest people. I was eager to join the team they were leading.
I love primary care because of the opportunity to build relationships with patients. I really love mental health and
believe that providing good care when it comes to mental health relies on building trusting relationships. I also
have special interests in LGBT health and addiction medicine.
Try not to get caught up in application fever. Do what’s best for you, but my FM-applying friends and I each kept our application total under 30. Another advantage in FM is that you really are interviewing programs as much as they are interviewing you. Decide what’s most important for you and your goals. My priorities aligned perfectly with this program: resident wellness, leadership, ambulatory care, and practice management. I personally took lots of notes throughout the process and made a fancy spreadsheet, but ultimately pros and cons were sufficient for program comparison. If interviews are all virtual again, try to visit your top choice(s) in person sometime right before ROL is due. Try to relax throughout interview season. It’s exhausting but also very exciting. Enjoy 4th year and trust that you’ll end up exactly where you’re meant to be. Good luck!
It’s close to mountains and the ocean. There’s also Lake Norman. It’s a city, so it has plenty of arts and entertainment
options. It’s very drivable between the city and the suburbs, which have smaller community vibes. The area is also very dog-friendly and has lots of breweries. My partner Loren also likes to tell people that we have Ben & Jerry’s here! (more options than the grocery store aisle ☻.
I went to undergrad at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC and attended medical school at Campbell
University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lillington, NC.
I chose Novant Health’s Family Medicine Residency Program because of people. During my virtual interview day everyone made me feel so at home and when I got the chance to visit in-person my feelings were only strengthened. From the top down, the Novant family seemed genuinely interested in investing in me as a person and as a physician.
I love all aspects of family medicine because it affords me the breadth of knowledge to treat patients of all ages and concerns. That being said, some of my particular interests are sports medicine, lifestyle medicine, sleep medicine,
longevity medicine and creating customized health plans to help my patients achieve their long-term goals.
Choose the program that will push you to become the person and physician who you want to be in the future.
Charlotte is so close to everything! You can find any restaurant, any store, and loads of wonderful people all within a stone’s throw away. I also love how Charlotte attracts people from all over the world, so there is never a shortage of diverse people and new cultures! Additionally, Charlotte is only a short drive to both the mountains and the beach.
Cincinnati, OH – Born and raised
University of Notre Dame for BA
Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
My fiancé and I were ready to live somewhere completely new. Novant Health Family Medicine Residency Program was so welcoming, and we loved the people! The program also has a lot of opportunities to help me grow and become the best physician I can be.
Apply to programs all over. You never know where you may end up. Also, look for the place where you feel the most at home.
We are excited for the weather and the wide variety of things to do and, of course, food.
Greensboro, North Carolina
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine
I chose the program because of the leadership, the community, and the ability to flourish while further refining my practice of family medicine. From my interview day to my post-interview communications, I found Novant to be the program where I would develop into a strong and competent physician.
I am interested in Lifestyle and Preventative Medicine as well as deepening my practice of a biopsychosocial spiritual model of healthcare.
Trust your gut, take a deep breath, and be at peace! You know what factors are important for you (and yours).
I look forward to being closer to both my family and my wife’s family, while still being in my home state.
I grew up in Goldsboro, North Carolina
I went to undergrad at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and attended medical school at Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Virginia.
I spent a month with the residency during my fourth year and noticed how genuinely happy the residents, faculty, and staff seemed to be. Everyone went above and beyond to teach, and I loved the rapport I saw between the residents and their patients. I also appreciated the integration of pharmacy and behavioral health into the clinic setting and the expertise those faculty members provided. A mentor gave me the advice to choose a residency with faculty and residents that I would hope to emulate as a future provider, and I’d be ecstatic to have the compassion, enthusiasm, and expertise of the people at NHFMR.
I’m interested in obstetrics, office procedures (including osteopathic manipulative therapy), cardiovascular risk reduction, and diabetes management. I also really enjoy having conversations with patients about nutrition and well-being.
Try to prepare for the parts of the application process you can control, like interview confidence and the personal statement, and not worry about the parts you can’t. Easier said than done, I know!
So much access to the outdoors! I’m excited to spend time on Lake Norman, visit the mountains, and run on the different greenways in the area.
I completed my Bachelor of Science in Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Go Tar Heels! I attended Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine - Carolinas Campus for medical school.
I chose Novant Health’s Family Medicine Residency Program because of the immediate family feel I got during my interview. While speaking with the faculty and residents on interview day, I felt like I was a part of the program already. I felt like everyone knew me on a personal level. I was inspired by everyone I spoke to. As soon as my interview was done, I knew this is where I wanted to be. Dr. Higdon genuinely cares about the wellness of his residents, appreciates work-life balance and brings out their maximum potential.
My particular areas of interest in family medicine are geriatrics, preventative medicine, as well as women’s health. I am also very passionate about community initiatives and increasing access to healthcare.
Be yourself during the application process! Take the time to recognize what is important for you and search for programs accordingly. Share what your interests are so you know if the program has what you are looking for. Talk to as many residents as you can to get a feel for the program. Go with your gut feeling!
Everything! There are so many great restaurants! There are a tremendous amount of outdoor and indoor activities. I have lots of family and friends in the area so it’s great that I get to be around them during residency. You get the city feel without being in a large city like NYC. You get all 4 seasons!
I attended the Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine.
When thinking about residency training, I wanted to be at a program where I would feel supported and encouraged to be my best self. I had heard positive affirmations about Novant, and this was happily confirmed during my first interactions with the program residents and faculty. Everyone seemed genuine, kind, and surprisingly happy. Most importantly, I felt welcomed and accepted for who I am. Novant’s mission aligned with my own goals for how I believe medicine should be and I knew the program faculty would help me get where I wanted to be. It was a perfect fit!
I am interested in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Geriatrics, and Preventative Medicine. Our elderly population is rapidly growing, often neglected, and most in need for advocates who recognize the need for specialized geriatric focused care. I am excited to serve this population during my career.
Though it can feel overwhelming at times trust the initial feeling you have when meeting with different programs. Be true to yourself and ask lots of questions to really see if it is a good fit. If something feels off to you about a program trust yourself on that feeling. Be sure to ask about the special interests you have. Ultimately pick the place that makes you feel most comfortable, most like yourself.
Charlotte is a wonderful blend of small-town charm with big city opportunities. The people are kind and welcoming. I really enjoy the hiking and outdoor activities in the area which really let you take advantage of NC’s beautiful climate.
Clemson University (Clemson, SC) – Undergrad MUSC (Charleston, SC) – Medical school
I chose NHFMRP because I started building lasting relationships with the program director and faculty on day one. During my interview day, I was impressed with how welcoming and down to earth the faculty members were. Dr. Higdon stood out to me because he seemed to have my whole resume and application memorized. He really took the time to get to know me as an applicant, and he gave me immense confidence that I will be able to mold my experience at Novant Health into something extremely productive and educational for the short and long term. He really places resident wellness on a tall pedestal. I loved that the program is unopposed, and I liked that as a resident, you train at Huntersville – a more suburban feel - and Presbyterian – a more urban feel- for two different hospital experiences. Charlotte is a place I know I could potentially call home for many years, even potentially the rest of my life.
Sports Medicine, Integrative Medicine
The application process is the most fun part of your fourth year. Seek out opportunities to visit places you are interested in, and make sure you select places that will be great for your personal wellness instead of just checking boxes on paper. During interviews, just be yourself! There is no need to stress about comparing yourself to other applicants. The interviews are more of a courtship than anything else: The faculty members and residents want to get to know you and determine if you are somebody they can work alongside with easily. At the end of the day, many residencies offer similar things, so the program director, faculty, and residents are people you should pay particular attention to when deciding on a residency.
I love that Charlotte is a booming Metropolitan area with many suburban areas to explore. The housing market has seemingly endless options to choose from. I love that I have many opportunities to do outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, and going to Lake Norman. I am an avid football and basketball fan, so I am interested in going to Panthers and Hornets games in the future. Charlotte is close to my hometown in case I want to visit family.
I am a native Charlottean, specifically I grew up in Mint Hill, NC.
I completed my Bachelor of Science in Biology at Queens University of Charlotte and my Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine from Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Carolinas Campus.
I chose this program because it was the perfect fit! The training philosophy that the program director, Dr. Higdon, has established aligns perfectly with my learning style and the way I plan to practice. The residents, faculty and staff were very welcoming, energetic, and honest. My wife and I both felt that we would easily integrate into the NHFMR family and be successful here.
I love all of family medicine! The three things I love most are osteopathic manipulative therapy (OMT), chronic disease management, and knowing my patients like they are family.
Things are going to be way different for the class applying this year due to the pandemic. Do your best and know that it will all work out in the end. I am happy to answer any questions perspective residents have!
I am originally from the area and most of my family live here so being close to them is a great benefit. Charlotte has so much to offer that most people can find something they love here making it a great place to live, grow and have a family.
I completed my undergraduate education at the University of Georgia. I attended medical school at the Medical College of Georgia.
I chose Novant Health’s Family Medicine Residency Program because of the people and culture. During my interview, everyone was down to earth, welcoming, and approachable. All the residents and staff had a positive attitude and seemed genuinely happy. This program is a great place to train in the full spectrum of family medicine and be a part of a close-knit community.
I am interested in women’s health, sports medicine, teaching and mentorship, and preventive medicine.
Think about where you will be the happiest. Speak to as many residents as you can to get a feel for the program. Pick a place where you feel supported. Take time to reflect after every interview and take notes so you can remember how you felt when rank approaches. At the end of the day, go with your gut.
Charlotte has everything you could ask for. The city is full of great restaurants and outdoor activities. I love living near Lake Norman. The city is very dog friendly. There is always something fun to do.
Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Virginia
I chose Novant Health because of the people and sense of community. I first met some of the residents and faculty at the NCAFP Family Medicine Day during medical school, and I was impressed with how genuine everyone was and their enthusiasm for Family Medicine. Everyone was great and welcoming during my interview, as well, and I could tell how proud everyone was to be part of this program. I knew it was a special place to be and that I would be fortunate to be a part of it!
I really do enjoy all aspects of Family Medicine and that it allows providers to see patients of all ages with a range of medical conditions. I do have particular interest in public health, preventative medicine, and women’s health, so I look forward to exploring these interests more!
Trust the process and believe in yourself! Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Be kind and genuine!
As a North Carolina native, I’m a Panthers fan and I look forward to going to some games! I also enjoy spending time outdoors and like finding new hiking and walking trails.
Ottawa Lake, MI
I completed my undergraduate degree at University of Toledo and then went to medical school at Central Michigan University!
I chose to train with Novant Health because of the people! Everyone I met was kind, welcoming and had a smile on their face. It was exactly the type of environment that I was looking for and knew I would be supported every step of the way if I came here. The program offered everything that I wanted and checked all my boxes, but I ended up choosing it because of the people! I am so excited and honored that I get to work with this team!
I’m truly interested in every aspect of medicine which is the main reason I chose family medicine as a specialty. I’m so excited to get to know my patients of all ages and perform as much of their care as possible! I have a particular interest in teaching and am happy to know this will always be a part of my career! I also really enjoy performing procedures and preventative medicine!
Do whatever is best for you! There are a lot of options for residencies and the process can be overwhelming, but in the end go with what feels right! Try not to stress too much as you will do great wherever you end up!
I love the small town feeling with quick access to large city necessities! It is the perfect balance that we were looking for. All the outdoor activities in the area have been fun to explore-plenty of hiking trails, lake activities and the US National Whitewater Center all just a short drive away! Plus, shopping at all the cute local stores has been another favorite.
Duke University School of Medicine
I chose Novant Health’s Family Medicine Residency Program because of the people, the curriculum, and the emphasis on resident well-being. First and foremost, I was blown away by the positive, caring, and transparent nature of the faculty and residents. On my interview day, they were willing to answer any and all questions. The residents I spoke with were genuinely happy and said that they felt supported in pursuing their own interests within FM. The chief resident was even willing to have an hour long Q&A with me to help me get to know the program! And when talking to Dr. Higdon and Dr. Lawrence about the curriculum, it was clear to me that NHFMRP was focused more so on the future of family medicine. So I am confident that I will receive excellent training with Novant Health. And on top of all of this, the program genuinely emphasizes resident wellness to ensure that we have safe places to talk about our experiences and grow from them.
I think of myself as a jack-of-all trades! I believe that’s what drew me to this specialty. However, I do love implementing population health initiatives as I get to put my problem-solving skills to good use. So I think I will lean towards learning more about population health and preventive medicine.
Before applying to your residency programs, take at least a few weeks to really think about what medical school has been like for you. What did you enjoy about it? What areas could have been improved upon for you? Keeping asking yourself these sorts of questions until you can really narrow down some specific characteristics that will help you find the right residency program. For me, it was factors like a well-rounded curriculum, rapport with faculty, a well-defined resident wellness course, and location.
I have not been in the Charlotte area long, but what I love most about Charlotte is that it’s a large city with a small town feel. Coming from a foodie town like Durham, I am really excited to experience the wide array of food that the Charlotte area has to offer. And I am thrilled to be near a city where there is a wide array of cultural experiences that I can participate in. For example, I attended a capoeira class in downtown Charlotte before. And if I get tired of the Charlotte area, there’s a great international airport that can take me wherever I want to go.
I am from Macungie, PA.
Before starting medical school, I attended Wake Forest University. Go Deacs! I attended Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine for my medical school education.
I was fortunate to rotate with the NHFMR Program as the last rotation of my third year of medical school and it immediately became the most meaningful month of the year. I got to see firsthand that this program is a family. I met amazing residents who were incredible physicians and advocates for their patients. They treated me as a member of the team and made me enthusiastic to come to clinic every day. I was also able to see how much the faculty cared for the residents. I could clearly tell that the relationships formed between the faculty and residents would last a lifetime. The staff of the clinic created such a welcoming and fun work environment, I couldn’t imagine training anywhere else. My interview day solidified my decision after being toured around town by the Program Director Dr. Higdon and getting to see so many familiar faces who shared their love of the program. This program offers me incredible training in outpatient family medicine and allows me to further pursue my interests in Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment.
Family Medicine offers me the opportunity to get to know my patients and their families for many years to come. I learned during my rotations in medical school that I have a wide variety of interests and family medicine offers me the chance to pursue them. Every day at the office will bring something new and exciting! My areas of interest include obesity medicine, LGBTQ+ medicine with interest in Gender Affirming Care, Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment, working with underserved populations, and HIV care.
The adage “Fourth Year Best Year” is absolutely true. This is the time when you get to explore your interests in medicine and find out how you want to shape your career. My biggest advice is to take a big deep breath and enjoy the experience. Enjoy the away rotations and the interviews as you will meet incredibly inspiring students and preceptors, some of whom you will get to work with one day. During interviews, let the programs know what your biggest passions are and make sure the programs can offer you opportunities to pursue those passions. Lastly, take in those special words of wisdom from your preceptors and those special patients who make your days better. Take advantage of every last rotation as there is always something new you can learn. Treat everyone on your rotations and interviews with respect. Spend time with your best friends from medical school and give a huge thank you to your professors, mentors, preceptors, friends, and families whom have helped you along this journey.
The Charlotte area has so many fun activities and so many great places to eat. I never get bored looking for a new restaurant or food to try. I am already anticipating all the takeout I will be doing! I am also glad that the Charlotte area is extremely dog friendly, and I am able to take my dog (Mandy the Plott Hound) to brunch with me. There are so many great walking trails, especially around the Davidson and Lake Norman areas. I am glad to be in a location close to the mountains and the beach (get to see my family in Myrtle Beach.)