Chrissi Shugart, MD
University of Virginia School of Medicine
It's hard to believe I'm already into my final year of residency. The past two years have been among the hardest but also the best years of my life.
So, a bit about me... My roots are in the midwest, having grown up in Wisconsin. I became a transplanted Virginian when I moved to Richmond in high school. I went to undergrad at Mary Washington College and then came to UVA for med school.
I fell in love with the UVA Family Medicine Department as a student, and I knew this was the perfect residency program for me. After two years and counting, I can honestly say this is even more true now than it was then. My fellow residents are an absolutely outstanding group of people as clinicians, as teachers and as friends. The faculty here are excellent educators and role models.
Our program emphasizes working hard to become the best family physician possible, but also recognizes the importance of leading a balanced life. There is a strong curriculum in information mastery, unparalleled by any of the other programs where I interviewed. The opportunity to train in an academic medical center allows for many opportunities to teach as well as learn from other residents and expert attendings in many fields.
And I love living in Charlottesville! This is an amazing small college town with a long list of interesting cultural opportunities, incredible restaurants, and innumerable options for hiking and outdoor fun.
My husband, Patrick, works as a software engineer and volleyball coach, and is also very happy living in Charlottesville. Only God knows where the future might take us after residency, but I hope to do a fellowship in Sports Medicine. After that, perhaps we'll find our way back to UVA. They say the streets in Charlottesville are paved with magnets....