Resident Testimonial - Dr. Wynter
"UVA was one of the first interviews I went on as a 4th year medical student, so it goes without saying that I didn’t really know what to expect when I arrived. I came from a medical school with classmates who were incredibly tightknit and I was beyond nervous that I would not be able to find a program where the dynamic would have been similar. Two months into intern year and those fears have been long forgotten. My co-interns are phenomenal! We work hard, but between day trips to Shenandoah National Park for hiking excursions, going to the downtown mall for free concerts at Fridays After Five, and spending random game nights at each other’s homes, there's always something to do and someone to do it with.
Our work environment is a great balance between being challenging, rewarding and fun. Being a major referral center for Central Virginia and its surrounding areas, we have the opportunity to work with a diverse patient population with a multitude of unique medical conditions, ensuring that we become well-read and well-rounded internists. Our attendings are truly special. Each one I’ve worked with thus far has been exceptionally approachable and willing to help out wherever he or she can.
The 1-to-1 resident and intern pairing has been instrumental. It gives you the opportunity to build relationships with upper level residents who help you build your confidence quickly. There’s always someone there to turn to for guidance as you gain experience and become more independent. UVA has also recently adopted a 3+1 system that truly has helped prevent resident burnout as we’re guaranteed one week of outpatient practice (with no long call days!) every month.
One question I made sure to ask of the residents when I visited on my interview day was if given the chance to do it all over again would they still make the same decision to come to UVA. Resoundingly, everyone I spoke to said “yes!” I would say the same without a doubt. Internship and residency will be tough anywhere you go, but having supportive colleagues like the ones you’ll meet here will make transitioning from the role of student to physician as easy, and enjoyable, as it can be. "