2015: Emily Moore Knudsen

October 20, 2015 by

I grew up in Bridgeport, WV on a small Angus cattle ranch, then graduated from Yale in 2009 with a BS in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry.  During college I immersed myself in music and biochemistry research, but it was a brief but illuminating stint as an EMT that opened my eyes to the conditions in which many people live.  Before coming to UVA I spent a year managing a biophysics lab and working on RNA crystallography. I loved the intellectual challenges of the laboratory but realized that I need to combine that intellectual challenge with one-on-one contact with people in my job every day.  This along with my interest in health disparities and rural living led me to pursue a career in Family Medicine.  I love variety and thrive in a constantly changing environment, which fits right in with the life of a rural primary care doctor who sees a wide variety of patients every day.

GSP gave me a group of close friends and mentors that I could lean on throughout medical school, and I got invaluable advice from GSP alumni across the country during the residency match process.  I matched at the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho in Boise — a full-spectrum program with emphasis on obstetrics, caring for the underserved, and preparation for rural practice.

My veterinarian husband, Severin, and I have loved living in Charlottesville but are excited to start fresh in Boise!  Outside of medicine, we love backpacking, hiking, brewing and preserving all manner of food and beverage, and I take every available opportunity to play my violin, do yoga, knit and garden.