Fellowship Match Testimonials

Read below to see what previous residents have to say about how training at UVA helped prepare them for fellowship at top-notch institutions:

My journey into Cardiology began the day that I matched here. By the time I arrived, I already had research project ideas and a mentor.

Michael Loguidice, MD

Michael Loguidice, MD, Class of 2016, Fellow, University of Texas Southwestern – Cardiology

The UVA Internal Medicine Residency is a fantastic place to train because of many strong attributes, but its ability to customize my experience over these last three years stands out as one of its best! It was with this experience that I was able to procure a Cardiology Fellowship position at the prestigious University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

At UVA, my journey into the field of Cardiology began the day that I matched here. Immediately, I began exploring the various areas of research that cardiology attendings were involved in and found my future mentor. By the time I arrived here, I already had project ideas and began working on my first publication with my esteemed mentor, Dr. Ellen Keeley. I was able to satisfy my research interests involving heart rate variability, coronary collateral formation as it relates to systemic arterial hypertension, and ways to decrease door-to-balloon time during ST-elevation myocardial infarctions, while obtaining a unique, robust clinical cardiology experience.

Being active in the CCU my intern year, I had ample opportunities to perform invasive procedures like PA catheter insertions, central line cooling catheter insertions, and arterial catheterizations. We were taught early on how to interpret and apply hemodynamic data to various clinical scenarios. In addition to the superb teaching and experience I received in the CCU, I was able to round out my clinical cardiology training during residency on the Acute Cardiology Service, Cardiology Consults, an Electrophysiology Elective (very cool), and a Cardiology Imaging elective. Exposure to the wide array of cardiovascular pathology, and one-on-one interactions with cardiology attendings and fellows, made my time here one of a kind.

In addition, I received well-rounded Internal Medicine training here. UVA takes pride in providing daily formal teaching sessions with the chief residents, attendings, and/or fellows. These formal teaching sessions on medical subspecialty rotations serve as the backbone to the superb clinical training and promote excellent patient care. The approachability of the attendings is refreshing, the multidisciplinary rounding made me form a more collaborative attitude toward providing patient care, and the collegiality of your colleagues helps foster an environment of learning.

As I depart to Texas, I would be remiss if I did not mention the people who have made my time in Charlottesville so unforgettable. The personal relationships I was able to establish with colleagues and patients alike were extremely rewarding. Charlottesville is an awesome town to live in and is a place that will always feel like home. The opportunities that UVA provided me have allowed me to accomplish my goal of getting into a competitive fellowship program.

I wouldn’t be where I am today without the influences of the ID faculty and former fellows who allowed me to craft my own niche and assemble a curriculum that would let me merge those interests into a future career.

KC Coffey, MD, MPH

KC Coffey, MD, MPH, Class of 2015, Fellow, Massachusetts General Hospital/Brigham and Women’s Hospital – Infectious Diseases

UVA wrote the book on Infectious Diseases; yes, literally. Have you ever referenced Mandell’s Principles and Practices of Infectious Diseases? That’s our Mandell. And when you start your residency here, you’ll notice that many of your General Medicine attendings have also contributed chapters. ID is everywhere at UVA; it forms the backbone of frequent Morning Conferences and influences management on multiple services. This is great training for any budding ID Fellow because you learn quickly that, probably more than any medicine subspecialty, Infectious Diseases touches everyone—yes, CCU, even you.

And there are multiple opportunities to hone your interests within the field. I consider myself lucky to have had not one but multiple mentors who helped guide me into my current niche interests in ID. I had the opportunity to rotate through the ID clinic on electives, went to Uganda twice with the Global Health program to participate in malaria research, and used my research time to learn more about Clostridium difficile in the lab. Opportunities abound to learn bench science, global health, antimicrobial stewardship and hospital epidemiology, not to mention HIV and HCV, wherever your particular interests may lie! Not sure yet what your ID interests are? Even better. The enthusiasm of the Infectious Disease faculty can’t be rivaled and each is happy to share why they love what they do—besides, we have the best stories. I certainly wouldn’t be where I am today without the influences of the ID faculty and former fellows who allowed me to craft my own niche in stewardship, epidemiology, and global health, and assemble a curriculum that would let me merge those interests into a future career.

I entered one of the most clinically rigorous fellowship programs in the U.S. exceedingly well-prepared to succeed, and I have UVA to thank.

Erick Kiehl, MD

Erich Kiehl, MD, Class of 2014, Fellow, Cleveland Clinic – Cardiology

Completing my internal medicine training at UVA easily ranks as one of the best decisions in my life. I knew going into residency that I was interested in cardiology (EP specifically). UVA has a flexible schedule that allowed me to exhaustively explore that interest by individualizing my curriculum. Out of my 36 rotations, roughly 40% were within cardiology, some mandatory rotations (CCU, acute cardiology service), some established electives (consults, clinic, cardiovascular imaging, echocardiography in the Dominican Republic – yes, that rotation really exists), and others self-created (EP, research). Despite my heavy cardiology exposure, my general IM training was not compromised, but rather equally superb, particularly within critical care and infectious diseases (Dr. Donowitz would be proud). In addition to excellent clinical training, the combination of high patient volume and approachable faculty make meaningful research a realistic possibility during IM training. A project that began from a clinical question during my intern rotation on CCU has now blossomed into a multi-center study that generated a scoring system to predict neurologic outcomes after cardiac arrest. This resulted in multiple oral presentations at prominent national conferences and, in the near future, a manuscript in a high-impact medical journal.

However, as good as the clinical training and research opportunities are, Charlottesville and the people who live there are even better. My wife and I have lived all over the U.S., but Charlottesville is by far our favorite. Housing is new and affordable, the climate is temperate with beautiful scenery all around, and there is so much to do indoors and outdoors, from great restaurants to vineyards/breweries. The faculty at UVA will treat you as colleagues and your co-residents will become some of your best lifelong friends. For example, one of my co-residents is my son’s godfather and more than 10 of my former co-residents will be traveling together to Iceland in the next month for vacation. My wife and I hope that someday we can return to Charlottesville and UVA so that I might pay back all I learned and gained from my IM training by serving on the cardiology faculty. If you have a good feeling when you’re visiting Charlottesville, my advice is pick UVA and never look back.

When it came to the fellowship match, I greatly benefited from the reputation of UVA and what I was able to accomplish there.

Andrew Shaw, MD

Andrew Shaw, MD, Class of 2013, Fellow, MD Anderson, Houston – Hematology-Oncology

The UVA Internal Medicine Residency Program offers superb clinical training in internal medicine and all of its subspecialties, ready access to fantastic mentors, and a comprehensive curriculum that fosters both a profound understanding of evidence-based medicine and an intellectual curiosity in how we can improve the delivery of care for our patients. The education and opportunities here rival those found anywhere, but the program truly sets itself apart in how it adapts to the changing demands placed on physicians, especially residents.

I am very proud to have been an internal medicine resident at UVA, because the residents are the primary determinants of the structure and content of the training program. This ownership in the program creates an environment of both responsibility and camaraderie that is infectious and enduring. Simply put, you and your best friends work together to simultaneously help patients and improve how you care for and learn about those patients.

Not surprisingly, fellowship programs are eager to incorporate UVA residents into their healthcare systems. I know that I greatly benefited from the reputation of UVA and what I was able to accomplish there when it came to the fellowship match. More importantly, UVA provided me with a strong foundation that I will carry with me throughout my career and friendships that will last a lifetime.