Fellowship Match Testimonials

Fellowship Match Testimonials

Read below to see what previous residents have to say about how training at UVA helped prepare them for fellowship at top notch institutions:

Saad Alghamdi, M.D.
Fellow, Washington University - St. Louis - Gastroenterology

I have a strong belief that the UVA Internal Medicine Residency Program is an exceptional training program. Trainees are provided clinical exposure to a diverse patient population, treating anything from the bread-and-butter ailments of internal medicine to the most rare, complicated medical conditions. Residents’ decision-making skills are also enhanced by the dedicated faculty who provide adequate supervision while still maintaining each resident’s autonomy. In addition, the value of the program’s teaching conferences cannot be overstated. These include the morning report; radiology rounds; pathology meetings; and board review lectures, etc. Furthermore, residents have the chance to tailor their elective rotations to suit their clinical and research needs. By the end of their training, UVA residents are able to provide state-of-the-art patient care.

What also makes the UVA IM Program special is its collegial environment. By the time my co-residents and I left UVA, we had made friendships that would last a lifetime. Furthermore, Charlottesville is a wonderful place to live in. It has affordable new houses, great restaurants, and beautiful weather.

I am currently a gastroenterology fellow at Washington University in St. Louis. I am thankful to UVA for preparing me for such a highly competitive fellowship training program, and I look forward to the day that I can pay back. Until then, I am proud to be a UVA graduate.

Erich Kiehl, M.D.
Fellow, Cleveland Clinic - Cardiology

"I graduated from the UVa IM residency in 2014 and am currently a cardiology fellow at the Cleveland Clinic. I entered (arguably) one of the most clinically rigorous fellowship programs in the US exceedingly well-prepared to succeed, and I have UVa to thank. Completing my IM training at UVa easily ranks as one of the best decisions in my life to date.

I knew going into residency that I was interested in cardiology (EP specifically). UVa has a flexible schedule that allowed me to exhaustively explore that interest by individualizing my curriculum. Out of my 36 rotations, roughly 40% were within cardiology, some mandatory rotations (CCU, acute cardiology service), some established electives (consults, clinic, cardiovascular imaging, echocardiography in the Dominican Republic – yes that rotation really exists), and others self-created (EP, research). Despite my heavy cardiology exposure, my general IM training was not compromised, but rather equally superb, particularly within critical care and infectious diseases (Dr. Donowitz would be proud). In addition to excellent clinical training, the combination of high patient volume and approachable faculty make meaningful research a realistic possibility during IM training. A project that began from a clinical question during my intern rotation on CCU has now blossomed into a multi-center study that generated a scoring system to predict neurologic outcomes after cardiac arrest. This resulted in multiple oral presentations at prominent national conferences and in the near future a manuscript in a high-impact medical journal.

However, as good as the clinical training and research opportunities are, Charlottesville and the people that live there are even better. My wife and I have lived all over the US, but Charlottesville is by far our favorite. Housing is new and affordable, the climate is temperate with beautiful scenery all around, and there is so much to do indoors and outdoors, from great restaurants to vineyards/breweries. Your faculty at UVa will treat you as colleagues and your co-residents will become some of your best lifelong friends. For example, one of my co-residents is my son’s godfather and more than 10 of my former co-residents will be traveling together to Iceland in the next month for vacation.
My wife and I hope that someday we can return to Charlottesville and UVa so that I might pay back all I learned and gained from my IM training by serving on the cardiology faculty. If you have a good feeling when you’re visiting Charlottesville, my advice is pick UVa and never look back."