Year 3

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Valynn Antoine, MD

Hometown: Dacula, GA 
Undergrad: Emory University 
Medical School: Medical College of Georgia 
Research Focus: 

What drew you to the EM program at Augusta/MCG? The enthusiasm everyone had regarding teaching. I got the sense that everyone cared about grooming me to be the best EM physician I can be. I also appreciated that most residents seemed to have a pretty good grasp on work/life balance and were happy with their decision to go into Emergency Medicine.

What are some of your favorite things to do in Augusta? I love going to Active Climb, taking walks/runs on the Savannah Rapids trail, and hanging out with friends at Humanitree House.

What are your future plans? International Emergency Medicine

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John Bunyasaranand, DO

Hometown: Griffin, GA
Undergrad: Georgia Tech
Medical School: Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine (CUSOM)
Research Focus: Pre-hospital Care

What drew you to the EM program at Augusta/MCG? The residents and staff are all top notch as would be expected at a Level 1 Trauma Center and at the same time down to earth and fun to hang out with.

What are some of your favorite things to do in Augusta? Going after the many outdoor adventures including: hunting, fishing, running trails, golf, or just walking along the river with my family and dog.

What are your future plans?  Complete residency and continue serving the troops as an EM physician.

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Kelly Getz, MD

Hometown: Jupiter, FL
Undergrad: University of Florida
Medical School: University of Central Florida College of Medicine
Research Focus: EMS

What drew you to the EM program at Augusta/MCG? When I rotated here during fourth year I had a great month! The residents and faculty were extremely friendly and welcoming. It definitely felt like “southern hospitality”. I also love the variety of cases we see and the Level 1 traumas that keep you on your toes. And on the pediatric side you get to see your fair share of “zebras”. I was also impressed by the huge simulation center we have. The faculty are great teachers and are actively trying to stay ahead in the field.

What are some of your favorite things to do in Augusta? Augusta is a great city because of how livable it is. There is hardly ever any traffic which is great when you’re coming home after shift. My fiancé, Trevor, and I enjoy trying out new restaurants and walking around Downtown Augusta. The new Green Jackets stadium is a great place to hang out and watch minor league baseball. We also love playing golf and are looking forward to being here during Masters week!

What are your future plans? I’m considering a fellowship, but right now I’m just taking it one shift at a time!

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William Guyton, DO

Hometown: Anniston, AL
Undergrad: University of Mississippi
Medical School: Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine
Research Focus: Regional Anesthesia in the Emergency Department

What drew you to the EM program at Augusta/MCG? I loved everyone I met on my interview day. Everyone was friendly and welcoming. The people I met were people I would look forward to working with. The leadership was open-minded and eager to improve the program in any way they can. I also knew the volume and acuity would prepare me to enter any practice setting of emergency medicine and be prepared for whatever comes through the door. 

What are some of your favorite things to do in Augusta? Hang out with my wife and dog, canoe the canal, bike, and go to GreenJacket Games. 

What are your future plans?  TBD. My wife and I will likely stay in the Southeast, but we’re always up for an adventure. Still unsure about community medicine or academic medicine. 

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Spencer Heggers, MD

Hometown: Scarborough, Maine
Undergrad: Boston College
Medical School: Uniformed Services University
Research Focus: Tactical Medicine

What drew you to the EM program at Augusta/MCG? The patient volume and acuity, the proficiency demonstrated by the residents while I was rotating.

What are some of your favorite things to do in Augusta? Kayaking the canal. 

What are your future plans?  Operational medicine

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Patrick Loeffler, MD

Hometown: Fayetteville, GA
Undergrad: Georgia Institute of Technology
Medical School: Medical College of Georgia
Research Focus: Ultrasound Education, Sickle Cell Anemia, Emergency Medical Services

What drew you to the EM program at Augusta/MCG? The faculty are amazing. The opportunities available as a civilian/military hybrid program are unique and exciting.

What are some of your favorite things to do in Augusta? Coaching the CSRA diving team. Competing as a master diver in the AAU and USA Diving organization s.  Oboe/percussion in the Augusta  Concert Band. Playing rugby with my co-resident.

What are your future plans? Travel the country, maybe do Locums. Get a dog. 

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Britta Martin, MD

Hometown: Waynesboro/Vidalia, GA
Undergrad: Augusta State University
Medical School: Medical College of Georgia
Research Focus: Ultrasound

What drew you to the EM program at Augusta/MCG? Great residents and faculty. I love Augusta and this was the location I wanted to be in. Perfect sized town with minimal traffic, what more can you ask for?

What are some of your favorite things to do in Augusta? Going to the lake or river with my pups and husband. 

What are your future plans? Find some jobs in Augusta and neighboring South Carolina towns, travel the world with my favorite person, have some babies in a few years, buy a farm, and fill it with animals.

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Soham Parikh, MD

Hometown: Canton, Michigan
Undergrad: Michigan State University 
Medical School: Central Michigan University
Research Focus: Opioid Use

What drew you to the EM program at Augusta/MCG? The high level of acuity, amazing residents and faculty.

What are some of your favorite things to do in Augusta? Kayaking, hanging out and relaxing by the river. Going to watch the minor league baseball games.

What are your future plans? Tactical medicine in the Army and possible fellowship.

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Charles Parker, MD

Hometown:  Port St. Joe, FL
Undergrad: Austin Peay State University
Medical School: Uniformed Services University
Research Focus: Prolonged Field Care

What drew you to the EM program at Augusta/MCG? The high volume of high acuity patients and the personality of the program.

What are some of your favorite things to do in Augusta? Mountain biking and kayaking.

What are your future plans? Army Medicine

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Stanton Royer, MD

Hometown: Hutchinson, KS
Undergrad: Augusta State University
Medical School: Medical College of Georgia
Research Focus: TBD

What drew you to the EM program at Augusta/MCG? This program had the most competent residents and the best sense of camaraderie of anywhere I interviewed. The ultrasound education is second to none. Also, I grew up in Augusta and my family is close by.

What are some of your favorite things to do in Augusta? Riding the FATS, hiking nearby trails, eating at new restaurants and spending time with my awesome family. Also, going to Augusta Regional Airport to get to good scuba diving.

What are your future plans?  Academic medicine or community medicine with a teaching component

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Wayne Rummings, MD

Hometown: Jacksonville, NC
Undergrad: East Carolina University
Medical School: University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Research Focus: EMS, ED throughput and administration, international medicine

What drew you to the EM program at Augusta/MCG? Welcoming faculty and residents, large annual patient volume, high medical acuity, great trauma exposure and renowned ultrasound training. All of these things taken together with the military component of the residency program allows for unique opportunities that are not offered elsewhere. 

What are some of your favorite things to do in Augusta? Kayak fishing, GreenJackets baseball games and craft beer.

What are your future plans? Community practice somewhere in the Southeast for a couple years following residency with a possible transition back into academic medicine.

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Chavez Scott, MD

Hometown: Memphis, TN
Undergrad: Xavier University of Louisiana
Medical School: Meharry Medical College
Research Focus: Isopropyl Alcohol and Nausia

What drew you to the EM program at Augusta/MCG? The acuity and cohesiveness of the residents

What are some of your favorite things to do in Augusta? Exploring restaurants as they emerge throughout the city

What are your future plans? Military and Leadership Medicine

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Stephen Taylor, DO

Hometown: Phoenixville, PA
Undergrad: Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Research Focus: US Guided Nerve Blocks in ED

What drew you to the EM program at Augusta/MCG?  After rotating at all 4 of the Hospitals where the Army allows Residents to train in Emergency Medicine I was drawn to Augusta due to the high acuity of the patients seen in the Emergency Department and the overall competence in MCG EM graduates I had experienced while on those rotations.

What are some of your favorite things to do in Augusta?  Riverwalk, Golf, Clarks Hill Lake

What are your future plans?  ARMY Emergency Medicine Physician and possibly completing a fellowship in US/Wilderness Medicine