Graduate Perspectives

Graduate Perspectives

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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 - Phoenix Baptist Family Medicine Residency Program, Phoenix, AZ
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Family, Community & Preventative Medicine, University of Arizona
  • Adjunct Professor, Midwestern University
  • 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!


Christian Klaus, D.O.

Christian Klaus, D.O. – Class of 2012


Medical School: Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Currently: Family Physician, Carilion Clinic North Roanoke Family Medicine Center

Choosing a residency program is a big deal and it needs to be a good personal match. When I was interviewing at various programs, I saw many different hospitals, outpatient offices, and people. There are a lot of great programs and hospitals out there, and I would certainly rank Carilion Clinic among the best. Most important to me, however, was the personal connection....the people. Carilion Clinic Family Medicine is a great hospital system with a great residency program and also has a great faculty. I had heard about the great faculty from residents who had already come through the program. Now being an alumni myself, I would personally attest to this. The Family Medicine faculty are OUTSTANDING! You would be hard-pressed to find another equally matched group. Each brings a unique flare to the program and it is a very cohesive group. You will get to know your attendings very well over the years and they genuinely care about you and your success both during and after residency.

After receiving my training in the program and serving as a chief resident my third year, I was honored to get the opportunity to stay onboard with our healthcare system at one of our FAfter receiving my training in the program and serving as a chief resident my third year, I was honored to get the opportunity to stay onboard with our healthcare system at one of our Family Medicine offices, taking over the panel from one of our retiring physicians.

Amy Doolan, D.O.

Amy Doolan, D.O. – Class of 2010


Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteoathic Medicine
Fellowship: Sports Medicine Fellowship, Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine / Virginia Tech

  • Clinical Faculty, Dept. of Family Medicine, Sports Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Head Women's Basketball Team Physician, Virginia Tech
  • Attending Physician, Academic Primary Care Associates
  • Head Team Physician, Blacksburg High School
  • Associate Program Director, LewisGale Hospital Montgomery Family Medicine Residency

I am married to Keith Doolan who works as the Assistant Football Athletic Trainer at Virginia Tech. We live in Blacksburg, VA, have two children, Parker (3) and Maudie (1) and are loving life!

The training I received at Carilion was phenomenal. From the day I started my sports medicine fellowship, I felt very confident about my medical decision making. The attending physicians are very knowledgeable and their up-to-date medical decision making helps train competent, compassionate family physicians. The clinic nurses and staff (including residency staff), also make it a very special place - they are top notch. Training at a Level One trauma center is also a big bonus. I feel my training on the wards (Medical/ICU/Pediatric/Obstetric) as well as our primary care learning sites, prepared me for all of the challenges that I am faced with on a daily basis in my ambulatory clinic in Blacksburg.

This family medicine program still comes highly recommended by me to medical students interested in becoming outstanding Family Physicians.