I have been in Virginia a long time now. I grew up in a small
town, Culpeper, VA, and always thought I would move on to bigger and
more distant cities. However, I came to Charlottesville and I
stuck (mostly). I've been very happy through my years in this
small city. It is where I met my wife, it is not too far from my
family, and most importantly, it offers me endless opportunities for
learning in order to take better care of children in the future.
I left for a year to explore my horizons, and went to a very large
program. I liked many things about that place, and would have
stayed for my training if my personal life had not intervened.
When I was very graciously welcomed back into the UVA family, I quickly
realized that this place was better suited for my learning style than
where I had begun. Being a part of a smaller, more collegial
group of faculty and residents, lends itselt to individual motivation
and self-learning. Not everything is handed to you on a silver
spoon, but you are supported, no matter what your interests. And
importantly, you are able to pursue your own interests beyond the
In addition, it is important to note that the size of our faculty is
rather misleading as there is more expertise available than one might
initially notice. Not only are there two epileptologists who also see
children, but there is also a while group of neuro-developmental
pediatricians located at Kluge Children's Rehab Center who have
expertise in running clinics in TBC, CP, Muscular Dystrophy, etc. which
we regularly attend in our 4th and 5th years.
Having known and worked with recent graduates of our program, I hope
to live up to the expectations they have set for us. If you have
any thoughts about the program here at UVA or child neurology residency
in general I'm always happy to talk. Feel free to
e-mail me (email@example.com).