Class of 2026

Kathleen Morrisroe

Medical School: ​UConn School of Medicine

Why VTCEM: ​ I chose VTC because not only is it a fantastic program that gives me both community and academic exposure, the people here are also incredibly supportive. When I came to visit, so many of the residents made a huge effort to come out and get to know me. It was clear that everyone here had a great community, and I have felt that I was a part of that since the day I matched here. Everyone has been incredibly welcoming and I have had the opportunity to learn both on and off shift from so many brilliant and talented faculty and co-residents. Plu​s the views in Southwest Virginia are more beautiful than anything I’ve ever seen! 

Prakash Kharel

Medical School: Institute of Medicine, Kathmandu

Why VTCEM: Roanoke reminds me a lot of the Kathmandu Valley - endless outdoor opportunities!  There is so much to learn in the ED. 

Christine Neal

Medical School: ​Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine

Why VTCEM: ​ I knew I wanted to explore the east coast for the next chapter and Virginia has not disappointed! VTEM has exceeded my expectations in terms of education, mentorship, attending quality, resident bonding and facilities. The attendings are approachable and have incredible training backgrounds that are great resources. Roanoke is also a beautiful city with great weather and a peaceful place to be doing residency. 

Devin Brown

Medical School:​ Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine

Why VTCEM: ​It’s hard finding a place that covers it all, but you can find it here. This program creates amazing ER physicians that can tackle anything the world throws at them whether they’re stranded on a desert island or in the middle of Gotham City itself. Not only that, but it’s also a wonderful place to raise a family, to train for Ironman competitions, and to find peaceful countryside with blue skies on your days off. It’s home.

Nikki Nunez-Ford

Medical School (MD): ​SUNY Upstate Medical University

Graduate School (MPH): SUNY Upstate Medical University and Syracuse University (combined degree) 

Why VTCEM: ​I chose VTCEM for the location and large catchment area allowing for a learning experience including urban and rural EM, penetrating and blunt traumas and pediatric ED experience.  I love the support and encouragement the program offers from my co-residents, program leadership and other faculty.  I also love to still have seasons and weather a little warmer than NY.  P.s. I really appreciate that I am able to get a chopped cheese out here (NYC people know what I'm talking about).

Kelsi Harden

Medical School: ​Michigan State University, College of Osteopathic Medicine

Why VTCEM: ​I chose VTC because of the patient population; we see incredibly sick people from West Virginia, Tennessee, SW Virginia, and North Carolina. We are an academic program with a community twist, training in multiple ED settings and strong in Wilderness Medicine, EMS, and Ultrasound. As someone interested in working in multiple different remote and urban ED settings over the course of a career, the program's approach to education ("train here, go anywhere") really resonated. 

Duy Huynh 

Medical School: ​​Brody School of Medicine at ECU

Why VTCEM: ​​The Emergency Medicine Program here at Carilion provides residents with a wide range of pathologies in a diverse population. I was drawn to come here due to the abundance of high acuity and high-volume cases that I would also have a chance to play a role in.  So far, I love how much the faculty here truly have a passion not only for teaching, but also the wellbeing of the residents and program's overall success.

Madison Greco

Medical School: ​​​Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine

Why VTCEM: ​​​I grew up in Florida (go Gators) and moved to NC for medical school. I chose to couples match at VTCEM for several reasons. All of the residents and faculty I met between my 4th year rotation and interview day were welcoming, encouraging, and kind, and I knew I find many wonderful friends and mentors during my time here. The location of the hospital system appealed to me, allowing for learning experiences at a Level 1 trauma center with high volume, large catchment area and very sick patients, and community experiences at the other hospitals in the Carilion system.  I love that the program encourages the residents to be comfortable with point of care ultrasound as this is quickly becoming an integral aspect of emergency care.  My partner and I also love the area—the mountains are beautiful and there are so many fun outdoors things to do--we are excited to call Roanoke home for the next 3 years!

J Daniel Gumayan

Medical School: ​​​Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

Why VTCEM: ​​​EM Residency seemed to care about their residents. From the initial interviews and talking to current residents, the faculty in general were great teachers. I also want to do a Wilderness Medicine Fellowship and VTCEM has strong program for that.

Andrea Klein

Medical School: ​​​​The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Science

Graduate School (MPH): The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health

Why VTCEM: ​​​​I chose VTC EM because I love the Roanoke Valley, the amazing faculty, staff, and residents in the department, and the outstanding and robust training environment.  Since starting here, I’ve made incredible friends amongst my coresidents and have learned much more than I thought was possible in 4 months.  

Jacqueline Steffen

Medical School: ​​​​​Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine

Graduate School (MSN): University of Texas at Austin

Why VTCEM: ​​​​​I chose VTC EM because of the people and the great training. You won't find better pathology, a busier department, more dedicated faculty, or better residents anywhere else. 

Davin Combs

Medical School: ​​​​​Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

Why VTCEM: ​​​​​​ I attended medical school at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine here in Roanoke, VA and opted to stay for my emergency medicine residency training. My favorite things about Roanoke are the people, the abundance of outdoor activities and the central location to much of the eastern United States. My favorite things about VTC EM are my co-residents, the training environment, and the receptiveness of faculty to fostering resident interests. Overall, this is an excellent place to train, and live, and affords the unique opportunity to train in an incredibly busy and acute department while living somewhere incredibly managable and awesome.