Amy McElroy, MD
University of Virginia School of Medicine
Being in my final year of the UVA Family Medicine residency program is very bittersweet. I'm excited to be in my final year of training, but realize that in a few short months, I will be leaving behind a supportive, fun group of colleagues who have helped me to become the physician I am today. The individuals in this program feel like family to me, and it is this kind of support that helps you get through those hardest months of residency. My goals are to work in a small community group practice when I complete residency, and I feel that I have been well prepared for this here at UVA.
If you are looking at this program, be assured that you will be challenged intellectually, you will have excellent faculty role models who demonstrate balance of family and career, and you will be well respected as a family medicine resident by other residents and staff in the hospital.
On a more personal note, I was born and raised in the Charlottesville area and have decided to settle down here with my family. I think this speaks to the fact that Charlottesville is a fabulous "little city" in a beautiful setting and it's been hard to find anywhere else more desirable to be. I have been married to my husband, Tom, for 5 years and recently had a baby boy, Collin, who is now one month old. He is such a wonderful blessing!
Being a resident has certainly prepared me for motherhood, or at least the sleep deprived part! We enjoy cooking, being outdoors and spending down time just hanging out with each other and our 160 lb. Newfoudland, Lewie, at home.
I wish you luck in your search for a residency family!!