In July of 2013, Dr. Shabnam Assar began her first year of her Internal Medicine Residency program at the Carilion Clinic – Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. Shabnam received her BS in Biology in May 2007. While an undergraduate student, she did organic chemistry research in the laboratory of Dr. Darrell Spells in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and research with Dr. Bruce Kirchoff on using principles of cognitive psychology to teach visual expertise in plant morphology. After graduating from UNCG, Shabnam completed a Master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences at Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona. Upon completion of her master’s degree, she pursued her M.D. degree at Ross University School of Medicine in the Commonwealth of Dominica, West Indies. While in medical school, Shabnam volunteered for a student-run health clinic, and also volunteered for a school-based HIV/AIDS awareness program. When she has time, Shabnam enjoys hiking, camping, and kayaking.