Pediatric Chief Residents

Pediatric Chief Residents

Bann Al-Shammaa
University of Virginia

Bann Al-ShammaaGreetings from Charlottesville! I grew up in Farmville, the Heart of Virginia — well known for its furniture shopping and not much else (although not a bad drive from UVA, for those of you who end up here and have houses to fill). I graduated from a small high school with 34 other people, came to the University to study psychology, and haven't been able to leave since.

As hard as I tried during interview season, I couldn't find another residency program that had everything I was looking for in the perfect proportions: a solid foundation in general pediatrics, enthusiastic and practical teaching from sub-specialists, fun residents who all got along, and a city where my love for the outdoors and all things culinary would be fulfilled. After getting to know the department over four years of medical school, I know what a tremendous opportunity it is to train here. I am also thrilled to get to stay in Charlottesville which — in case you haven't heard — has the most restaurants per capita of any city in America (I'm still finding ones I haven't tried)!

I know that the questions I wanted answered during the application process never came to me at convenient times, so please feel free to e-mail me whenever the need arises! Good luck with your interviews, enjoy the traveling, and I hope to meet all of you when you come by to visit!

Cortney Ballengee
West Virginia University

Cortney BallengeeHi everyone, and welcome to UVA. I grew up in southern West Virginia and went to West Virginia University for both undergrad and med school. Although I will always be a die-hard Mountaineer fan, I decided to cross the Blue Ridge for residency. During interview season, I was looking for a large tertiary care facility in a smaller city, and I found that in Charlottesville. Everyone in the pediatrics program made me feel welcome right away and I knew UVA was the right place for me.

I have learned so much in the UVA pediatrics program. The faculty is full of great teachers and I know that by the end of residency I will be prepared for the next step in my career. I am very happy to have matched here in Charlottesville and would be glad to answer any questions you may have. Good luck!