Anna Lovett, MD
Born in Texas and raised in Mississippi, Virginia is a new adventure and change of pace since it is the furthest north I have ever lived. Having the privilege to come to UVA to complete my Family Medicine Residency is an honor. When I was looking for a residency program, I wanted a high quality program that was constantly striving for excellence and offered both rural and international medicine exposure in an environment where family medicine was well established and respected. UVA Family Medicine Residency offered all those qualities and more, which I have come to value: an emphasis on evidence-based medicine, a well-rounded, challenging curriculum, and a supportive environment. In addition, Charlottesville is a wonderful place to live, offering outdoor adventures, diverse opportunities, and yet small enough to feel more like home for those of us who are not big city folks. You can be outside the city limits in a matter of minutes with mountain vistas and a beautiful landscape, which is refreshing after a long, hard day.
Reflecting on how I found myself in Charlottesville, VA, for residency, I completed my undergrad degree in Religion at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, followed by post baccalaureate coursework at Mississippi College in Clinton, Mississippi, during my two years off before I attended medical school at the University of Mississippi in Jackson, Mississippi. I have had many wonderful opportunities to learn and grow as an individual and as a doctor with excellent mentors and friends along the way; coming to UVA for Family Medicine Residency has continued that tradition.
Even with the demands of medicine and residency, my faith and family have been and continue to be very important to me. I grew up in a Christian home and have also appreciated the many church families I have been a part of over the years. I am still searching for the right church here in Charlottesville and have been warmly welcomed at each church I have visited. One of my deepest passions is missions, at home and abroad. I have had the privilege of being part of several gifted mission teams that have taken me to 4 different continents over the past 10 years. I also had the joy and sorrow of discovering the huge need for medical care in inner-city Jackson, MS, through serving at Mission First's medical clinic as I prepared for medical school. My desire is to ultimately serve the poor and underserved through a mission clinic somewhere in the United States or abroad when I finish residency here at UVA. We'll see where God takes me on the next adventure.
Although my family and I may be miles apart, we have remained close and take every opportunity to stay in touch and visit one another. My Mom resides back in Mississippi and makes frequent trips to surprise me and my brother wherever we are. I have one brother who has lived a remarkable life and recently graduated from law school with a focus in environmental law and a masters in environmental management. We celebrated his marriage to my wonderful, also incredibly gifted, sister-in-law following his graduation from law school. We take turns visiting one another, and it is always fun to share Charlottesville with my family when they visit.
Lastly, I tend to giggle...a lot...so if you visit the UVA Family Medicine Residency Program and hear giggling, it might just be me. God decided to give me the gift of giggles. In our residency program, we share both laughter and tears amidst the expected frustration, exhaustion, and heartache, that comes with residency. At the end of the day, we truly love caring for our patients of all ages, all walks of life, and from all around the world.
Please feel free to email me if you have questions about our residency program.