Amiesha Panchal, MD
Wayne State University
I am very excited to be in my final year of residency and am so thankful that I ended up at UVA Family Medicine! I grew up in Canada and went to medical school in Detroit, Michigan. I came to Charlottesville specifically for this residency program, and couldn't have made a better decision.
In my years here as a resident, I have been so impressed by the supportive faculty, the focus on education and evidence-based medicine, the variety of faculty interests, and most of all, the wonderful residents, who are like family to me. I could not have found a better balance of an academic center, a focus on community medicine, and people who are fun and easy to get along with. From a larger perspective, our department is well-respected throughout the university medical center -- the faculty are highly-regarded and residents are treated well.
My favorite aspect of third year is the International Family Medicine Clinic, which constitutes about half of my continuity clinic time. We serve refugees from all over the world, collaborating with both the International Rescue Committee and the local Health Department. Our Family Medicine clinic in general serves a wide variety of patients. We learn evidence-based medicine in a supportive environment which also incorporates point-of-care technology and electronic records. In the end, we are very well-trained to enter the "real world" of medicine, wherever or whatever that may be for each of us. There are also many opportunities for residents to be involved in medical student teaching and scholarship activities, such as writing review articles or InfoPOEMS.
Charlottesville is a small city that thinks it's a big one. There are so many different things to do - hiking, swimming, boating, athletic events, concerts, fine-dining, winery tours - I could go on. It is a family-oriented city but single life is great too! We are also close to Richmond and Washington, DC. I would be happy to answer any questions about our program.