Sorry it has taken me so long to answer your question. Now, I am partial to the mountains because I live smack dab in the middle of the Applachian Mountain chain, so I can only tell you to make inquires into UVA at Charlottesville, VA. But I do know there are several other facilities in the area. Maybe get on the BONVA site? Check out the Va Beach site, Richmond is a big city with big city problems, but MCV is there and is one of the most advanced places to work(Had a case of the Plague just a few years ago) and has lots of money for research. I guess you cn tell I am not a big fan of NC, please no flame. My daughter lives there and I hear lots of things that never hit the papers, like water rations, poor schools, race problems in areas that never get attention, high volume of drugs even in elementary schools, high taxes, and the list goes on and on. Good luck, and maybe even look into SC. I don't know much about the state but I do know it has some good places to work. My friend was involved in a auto accident around Columbia and got good care. So the ball is in your lap, many choices, many decisions, say a little prayer and ask Him for guidence.