PL1 Pediatric Residents

PL1 Pediatric Residents

Emily Black
University of South Carolina

Emily Black

Hello, and welcome to UVA! I grew up in Greenville, South Carolina and went to Presbyterian College in the small town of Clinton for undergraduate. I then traveled a little further up the road to Columbia, SC where I attended the University of South Carolina for medical school. I finally decided to leave South Carolina for residency and headed north to Charlottesville (but don't worry, it is still considered the south)! My husband is also an SC native and is here at UVA doing his residency in internal medicine.

We chose UVA for numerous reasons that fall under both categories of job and lifestyle. UVA pediatrics is a medium-sized program that allows you to really get to know your co-residents and faculty well while allowing plenty of staff support. Coming from the warm and friendly state of SC, I knew I wanted to find a program where I would be working with nice, happy people and UVA is the perfect fit. I immediately noticed how approachable the faculty is on my interview day. The camaraderie is evident with the attending/resident softball team that plays in a rec league here once per week. We also find ourselves spending time together outside of the hospital whether it’s at Fridays after 5 or just having dinner at a co-intern's house. In addition to the great work environment, Charlottesville is a wonderful place to live if you enjoy the outdoors and a small town feel. The blue ridge parkway is within 30 minutes and has plenty of beautiful hiking trails. There are numerous breweries and wineries to experience too! Charlottesville has eclectic restaurants and an entertaining outdoor mall with dining and shops galore. There is always something to do on your day off!

I hope you will consider UVA for residency!

Rachel Clark
Mercer University

Rachel Clark

Hey, everyone! You made the right choice by checking out our program here at UVA! I could not be happier with my choice so far. I grew up in Atlanta, GA and then went to UNC-Chapel Hill for undergrad. For med school, I decided to head back closer to home, so I went to Mercer University in Savannah, GA. When it came time to apply to residency, I had three major criteria: (1) minimal snow, (2) great medium-sized program, and (3) fun place to live. UVA fit the bill and quickly became my top choice. I was struck by how "real" and friendly all of the residents and faculty were here and how genuinely happy the interns seemed at my interview dinner.

As it turns out, this was not just a charade for interview season. The faculty all have very impressive training pedigrees, but they are incredibly approachable and eager to teach and interact with us. My fellow residents are all well-rounded and fun individuals whose intellect and professionalism wow me daily. Everyone enjoys hanging out together outside of the hospital, so it fosters an enjoyable and congenial (yet professional) work environment.

Outside of the hospital, I love hiking and being outdoors. Having lived on the GA coast for four years of med school, I missed the mountains. It still blows my mind how many hundreds of breathtaking hikes there are scattered within a 45-minute radius of Charlottesville. To complement a long day of hiking, there is also a plethora of gorgeous vineyards and breweries where you can unwind. Also, I am lucky enough to live within walking distance of both the hospital and the Downtown Mall, so I enjoy meeting up with friends on the Mall to try new restaurants or grab a coffee. There is always live music or something fun going on there. Charlottesville is a great place to live whether you're single, married, or have a family!

Best of luck navigating the interview season! Please feel free to contact me with any questions that you might have.

Crystal Craig
Texas Tech University

Crystal Craig

Hi everyone, and welcome to UVA Pediatrics! I am originally from Lubbock, Texas, and got both my undergraduate and medical degrees from Texas Tech University. When looking for a residency program I decided it was time to branch out and leave Texas. I loved Charlottesville as soon as I drove into town. It was so different from where I had lived before and so beautiful! I also really enjoyed my interview day at UVA. The other residents and faculty were so welcoming and personable. I could tell there was a strong emphasis on resident education and also a good sense of camaraderie in the group. Since moving here, I have felt very supported as well as challenged. It has been such a great place to work and learn.

Charlottesville itself is also a great city to spend your years as a resident. It is big enough to have great restaurants, shopping, and music, yet small enough to not be distracting or overwhelming. On weekends there is time to go hiking, wine tasting, or take a trip out to Monticello.

I am really glad you are considering UVA!  Let me know if you have any questions about the program!

Kevin Glinton
Geisel SOM at Dartmouth

Kevin Glinton

Hi everyone, and welcome to UVA Pediatrics! I was born and raised in The Bahamas and moved to the United States to attend college at Fisk University where I majored in Chemistry. After graduating, I decided to pursue graduate studies at the University of Southern California before moving back across the country to attend medical school at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. During my time there I was able to rotate through many different hospitals throughout New England which, aside from providing a great learning experience, gave me a unique perspective into the ways different institutions approached resident education. So when the time came to choose a residency program of my own, I had a pretty good idea of the kind of place where I thought I could grow and thrive; thankfully UVA has fit the bill!

The environment here is warm and supportive but with a definite emphasis on education and lifelong learning. Charlottesville is also a great place to live with diverse residents, beautiful surroundings and lots of interesting things to do all in one small city. Most of all, my fellow residents are all really smart and wonderful people who make coming to the hospital each day a pleasure. I hope you will find this place as great as I do and please feel free to email with whatever questions you may have. Best of luck and I look forward to meeting you!

Catherine Goodall
Northwestern University

Catherine Goodall

Hello, and welcome to UVA! I am so glad that you are looking at our wonderful pediatrics program. I grew up in Delaware, did my undergraduate education at MIT, and then completed medical school at Northwestern University in Chicago. What I loved most about UVA when I interviewed was that it had the feel of both an academic hospital, with multiple subspecialties to learn from, and of a small town community hospital. UVA has all of the opportunities of a large academic hospital but in an environment where everyone knows one another and in a hospital system that has deep community ties.

Similarly, Charlottesville is the perfect mix of big city and small town. We have amazing restaurants, night life, breweries and vineyards, while still maintaining a small town feel – even when you live in the heart of the city, you're only a few minutes away from beautiful mountains, hiking trails, bike paths, and all sorts of other outdoor activities. One of the best parts about our residency program is the focus on maintaining a balanced lifestyle; the administration is so supportive, and truly has our best interests at heart. We have the opportunity to enjoy all that Charlottesville has to offer and are able to have a full life outside of residency.

I hope you consider UVA for your pediatrics residency, and please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions you might have!

Stephanie Hartman
University of Virginia

Stephanie Hartman

Hey everyone, and welcome to UVA Pediatrics! I grew up in Winston-Salem, North Carolina but have been at UVA for undergraduate, medical school, and now for residency. As you can tell, I have fallen in love with UVA and Charlottesville and hope to never leave! There is a wide range of activities to do here, no matter the day. From hiking or biking to listening to live music or going fruit picking or beer/wine tasting, there is something for everyone. My husband and I feel that Charlottesville is the perfect place to raise our one year-old son. UVA has great childcare options available to residents/faculty.

UVA Pediatrics is a wonderful program and I am excited to be a part of it. It is the perfect size program; small enough that I feel like I already know all of the residents and faculty well but also big enough that all of the subspecialists are readily available and there is a very wide variety in patient population and disease processes. The faculty are very supportive and dedicated to our learning.

I would be happy to answer any questions you may have about anything including UVA, Charlottesville, or having a family during residency, so please feel free to contact me. I look forward to meeting you at your interview and wish you the best of luck!

Liana Horner
Thomas Jefferson University

Liana Horner

Hi! I'm so glad you are looking into the Pediatrics program at UVA! I grew up in Delaware, went to undergrad at Bucknell University in rural central Pennsylvania, and made my way to Charlottesville via Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. I was looking for a smaller-sized residency program where I could get excellent pediatrics training in a friendly learning environment, and I found that here at UVA. I did a couple of away rotations here in my fourth year, and after seeing how close the residents were and how approachable and enthusiastic the faculty was, I knew UVA would be a great fit for me. (It also didn't hurt that my boyfriend is a medical student here!)

I am definitely not a city girl, and after med school in Philly I was definitely ready for a more small-town feel. Although we still have lots of exploring to do, Charlottesville is a great place to live and already feels like home. My passion outside of medicine is horseback riding, and although I am still settling in to being an intern at the moment, Charlottesville is definitely in the heart of horse country, and I am looking forward to getting back in the saddle as soon as I can. So far, I have found my co-residents and attendings to be incredibly supportive, and I am confident that UVA was the perfect choice for my residency training.

Please don't hesitate to get in touch if there are any questions I can help you with!

Joseph Mechak
University of Maryland

Joseph Mechak

Hi everyone, and welcome to UVA! I am from Rockville, Maryland and went to Villanova University for undergrad. I spent some time doing research in Philly after graduation and then came back home to the University of Maryland for medical school. When it came time to pick a residency program, I thought I wanted a large, stand-alone children's hospital in a big city...as you can see something changed. On my visit to UVA, I was so taken aback by how friendly, helpful, and close-knit the UVA community was, that I knew right then that it was the place for me.

I have found that UVA is the perfect blend of a big time academic institution and a small town hospital that cares about its people and community. My wife and I love Charlottesville and all that it has to offer. From "Fridays After Five," to all of the nearby wineries and breweries, to the endless outdoor activities around the city, there is truly something for everyone.

I hope you love your day at UVA as much as I did, and hope to see you next year! Please feel free to email me with any questions about the program, the city, or my path to Charlottesville. Best of luck!

Shikha Prasad
Thomas Jefferson University

Shikha Prasad

Hello, and welcome to UVA's Pediatric Residency program! I am originally from Beavercreek, Ohio and went to THE Ohio State University (Go Bucks!) for undergrad. Afterwards, I attended medical school at Jefferson and am now here in Charlottesville! Here at UVA, we are have the opportunity to learn from excellent faculty who are not only experts in their fields, but wonderful and patient teachers. There are lots of leadership and research opportunities available, and I have been pleasantly surprised by the variety and diversity of patients seen at UVA.

In addition to our great residency program, Charlottesville is a wonderful place to live. Regardless of your fitness level, there are lots of easy and hard places to hike and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. I always find it refreshing to see a beautiful sunset in the mountains on my days off. Of course, we also have a plethora of delicious restaurants and plenty of wineries around to relax at as well! After only a few months of internship, I already know that I made the right choice by coming to UVA! Good luck during interview season, and please e-mail me if you have any questions!

Benjamin Simson
George Washington University

Benjamin Simson

Hi everyone, and welcome to UVA! I’m originally from Silver Spring, Maryland and went to Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA for undergrad where I completed a degree in education and history. After teaching for a few years I decided to follow my true passion and traveled back to DC to attend medical school at George Washington University.

While interviewing for residency programs, the UVA Peds program really stood out as having very down to earth residents and an outstanding focus on resident education unmatched by any other program. The faculty here are approachable and warm and love to teach. The medium-sized program allows you to see a wide variety of pathology while also having the individual attention of a small program. Charlottesville was another huge draw for me. It combines small town charm with so many big city perks such as restaurants, music, outdoor activities (vineyards and breweries count!) that my wife and I, and our dog, enjoy taking advantage of. We are excited to call C’ville our home.

Julia Sohn
Geisel SOM at Dartmouth

Julia Sohn

Welcome! I grew up in sunny Los Angeles, and explored the east coast during undergrad and medical school at Vassar College and Dartmouth, respectively. I honestly never thought I would find myself in the south, but when my significant other and I were applying to residency, we fell in love with Charlottesville and UVA. The residents are a supportive and fun loving bunch, and the attendings are incredible and dedicated to teaching. I believe the program is the perfect size, allowing for a diverse group and a lot of individual attention.

Since moving to Virginia, I have been impressed with the natural beauty and the abundance of things to do in the area. Great hiking and scenic views are thirty minutes away, as are a plethora of breweries and wineries, and there always seems to be a festival or outdoor concert happening.

Good luck with your applications, and enjoy your visit!

Bryan Thorne
University of Virginia

Bryan Thorne

Hi, and welcome to the University of Virginia! I'm from southwest Virginia, and went to undergrad at Virginia Tech. I came to Charlottesville more than 10 years ago for the MD/PhD program, and loved it so much I never left. One of the things that drew me to UVA for graduate school was the collegiality and willingness to work together of the science faculty here, and I have found that same collegiality on the clinical side of things. During my time as a medical student here, I learned just how much the pediatrics faculty love to teach and, while pushing your boundaries, they provide a safe and comfortable environment for learning. The attendings make a point of showing up for morning report, and on most days, there is at least one attending from each specialty there. This makes for lively discussion and good teaching opportunities. I found on my interviews at other institutions that this is not the case at many programs. Knowing how special a program UVA has, I was ecstatic on Match Day to learn that I would be able to continue my education here.

As far as the area goes, Charlottesville is one of the best places in the country to live, and there are lots of things to do. We have a great food culture here, with wonderful restaurants, vineyards, breweries, ciderworks, and orchards. The music scene is incredible, and we draw much bigger acts than a city our size has any right to. For outdoor activities, Shenandoah National Park, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the Appalachian Trail are nearby, with good hiking and biking. The James River is about an hour away for canoeing or tubing. Virginia also has a rich colonial and civil war history, with the homes of four presidents within easy driving distance and multiple civil war battlefields. You will run out of days off well before you run out of new activities and experiences!

Come check out our program, and I look forward to meeting you on interview days.