Denise Way

Denise Way

Family Medicine Department of the University of Virginia

 Resident Class of 2006

 Denise Way

Denise Way, MD
Albany Medical College


Denise wrote in her third year of residency:

I came to UVA because the people are great and I knew the academic environment would challenge me. I was impressed with the behavioral side of medicine emphasized in the Family Medicine department of UVa. Everyone here has a great sense of humor and even though we work hard, we manage to have fun. The atmosphere of Charlottesville factored greatly into my decision as well. I was looking for a college town with non-college stuff to do. There are awesome restaurants, good theatre, and even an art scene. Charlottesville's wealth of history is inspiring, and the mountains and rolling hills are beautiful. I've been thrilled to escape the daunting cold winters of Albany, New York. I couldn't have imagined going anywhere else.

O.K. so now I'm a third year resident at UVa Family Medicine and I still think this residency is awesome. My husband and I had a baby girl this year and our department has been wonderfully supportive. In general our department has also been responsive and flexible to resident concerns. In only two years I have seen q3-q4 call schedules on medicine and cardiology completely change to a night float system, our inpatient service grow so much that we pulled our 2nd years off of 2nd year medicine and onto our service, our rural rotation become optional, and our surgery inpatient rotation is gone altogether. Not only is our faculty responsive to our concerns, they are incredibly knowledgeable, come from diverse clinical backgrounds, and love to teach. Each year I continue to be challenged in this residency and I have seen a wide variety of clinical cases. Our international family medicine clinic offers a particularly interesting experience, because we handle refugee patients with TB, HIV, PTSD and Parasitic infections not often encountered in the US. Words cannot express how wonderful it is to help these refugees. My husband and I have also fallen in love with Charlottesville and our neighbors. The fabulous community here makes you want to stay.