Madhuri Saligrama, M.D.
I grew up in Wilmington, DE, and went to Penn State for undergrad. I moved to Philadelphia for medical school where I attended Jefferson Medical College.
I knew Family Medicine was for me because I enjoyed all of my 3rd year rotations, but also needed the variety to keep myself challenged and interested. Most of all, I loved the idea of continuity of care. Believe it or not, as an intern just 6 months into residency I have been able to take care of whole families. Just the other day, I delivered the baby of a patient I had seen in prenatal clinic, and the baby and her sister, as well as the patient and her husband, are now calling ME their primary doctor! In no other field would I get such an opportunity.
At UVA, I was happily surprised by the wide variety of patient populations we see. We get rural patients from all over the state and surrounding states, refugee patients who are just moving to America with global health issues, suburban patients who grew up in Charlottesville, and even urban patients with common urban health conditions. It has been very exciting and challenging to treat all of these people.
Another thing I love about Family Medicine is being able to rotate through many different services. From ER, to NICU, to OB, to Medicine, we do it all at UVA. By doing so, we get to befriend many residents in other services. And that's something so important to consider during interviews -- how will residents on different services treat you as an off-service intern?
I can honestly say after 6 months of being here, that UVA residents in general are amazing!! Some of the nicest, friendliest people I have met (not to mention smartest) are here at UVA. The upper years are wonderful teachers and role models, and we are so welcomed onto other services. I've made a lot of great friends in other programs, and I feel like I really get to know the residents on other services which leads to a great working relationship.
Speaking of residents, we have a great group in Family Med! Everyone is so supportive and always willing to lend a hand. Not to mention fun! Our faculty is amazing too -- extremely approachable and incredible role models. It's hard to get everyone together very frequently during intern year, but when we do, we always have a blast whether it's dinner, game nights, movie nights, or whatever.
I loved Philly, but I wanted to move somewhere that was more outdoors-y, had a lower cost of living, filled with great people, but also had plenty to do. Charlottesville has been perfect so far, and I'm so glad I'm here! I live 10 minutes away from the hospital and have a beautiful view of the mountains on my way to and from work. There are plenty of restaurants, excellent wineries, a plethora of festivals, and so many outdoor things to do. With the university, there are always great concerts, plays, and sports events to attend. Intern year has definitely been tough at points, but I don't think I could feel so supported anywhere else. I hope you consider UVA Family Medicine!