Chief Residents 2021-2022
Welcome! We are excited that you are considering the University of Virginia Internal Medicine Residency Program.
Training at UVA has been a great experience for us, and equipped us with the tools to become leaders in medicine. Our program provides a perfect balance between hands-on patient care, dedicated faculty educators, and cutting-edge research opportunities.
As chief residents, we are proud that our program is resident-centered and unequivocally resident run. From service structures to conference schedule, residents are involved with the design of every aspect of the program.
We look forward to meeting you and introducing you to our residency program during interview season.
Meet Isadore Budnick, MD
I hail from the Steel City, Pittsburgh, PA, but also grew up in Chicago and Baltimore. I went to Case Western Reserve University for my undergraduate studies (can attest that Cleveland does indeed, rock) followed by a year in Chicago working in a research lab at the University of Illinois at Chicago. I then traveled south to New Orleans where I attended medical school at Tulane University and met my soon-to-be wife, Joanie (completing her Psychiatry residency at UVA as we speak!).
I had never been to Charlottesville before my interview back in January 2018, and although the day was overcast and gloomy, I was immediately swept up in the excitement and promise of the residency program. I was impressed by the breadth of clinical and research opportunities housed within a tertiary referral center tucked away amidst the hilly terrain of Central VA, and I also felt immediately at ease with the residents I met throughout the interview experience. Joanie and I were suitably impressed and then positively jazzed when we couples matched at UVA.
The training at UVA has been absolutely superb. The breadth of clinical experiences has been fantastic for my education, but more importantly there is a large cohort of generalists and specialists dedicated to high value patient care and resident education. We have one of the more robust didactic experiences that focuses not only on clinical knowledge but also clinical reasoning. My additional specialty training through the Clinical Educator track has not only offered me opportunities to be a part of the top notch educational offerings but has also exposed me to medical education careers that I wasn’t previously familiar with. In addition to the excellent educational and clinical opportunities, I’ve had numerous productive research opportunities in my future specialty field, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine.
It has been a wonderful three years at UVA and I look forward to an additional year here at UVA and in Charlottesville. We love the culture, the mountains, and the small town vibe.
Meet Rebecca Clemo, MD
I am a lifelong Virginian, growing up in Richmond and Fredericksburg. I first came to Charlottesville for my undergraduate degree at UVA in biomedical engineering. While here, I met my future husband, Merrick (our first date was to local classic, Crozet Pizza!). I remained in Charlottesville for an extra year following graduation, working at the medical simulation center. I then traveled back to Richmond to attend medical school at VCU where Merrick was a year ahead of me with plans to specialize in dermatology.
When it came time to apply for residency, my husband and I were looking for a place that would give us excellent medical training but also provide support for our family and quality friendships. We were delighted to match to UVA and return to Charlottesville, a city that had already won our hearts. During my time in residency here, I was constantly impressed by the quality of education, breadth of clinical exposure, and camaraderie of the residents. Education is ingrained in the core of the program with daily resident-led conferences, attending teaching and mentorship. This program also goes above and beyond to ensure the happiness and wellbeing of its residents, and as a result has fostered many lifelong friendships. In my final year of residency, I gave birth to my son, Rhys. I could not have been more thankful to have been at UVA through my pregnancy and delivery, from the amazing care we received to the incredible outpouring of support from friends throughout the hospital.
Outside of the hospital, I enjoy Charlottesville’s easy access to hiking, breweries, and great restaurants. From taking my dogs (Lucy and Franklin) swimming in the Rivanna River to hiking on the Appalachian Trail, there are so many fun outdoor activities in the area. As my son gets older, I am excited to take him to all of the local historical landmarks, such as Monticello. After chief year, I am planning to work as an academic hospitalist.
Meet Jamey Cutts, MD
I was born in Memphis, TN and grew up in small town Mississippi. I played baseball for two years in junior college prior to completing my undergraduate degree in biology at Mississippi State (the reigning national champions in baseball)! Go Bulldogs! I then did medical school at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, MS, before traveling off to Charlottesville to complete residency here at UVA.
I applied to UVA because I knew the program had a good reputation and sent many residents on to fellowships at their desired locations. I chose to come here for an entirely different reason: the people. From the start of the pre-interview dinner I knew the residents were genuinely happy and were clearly close friends. Three years later, I continue to be blown away by the people that I work with every day here. The program trains excellent physicians, no doubt, but it attracts the kind of people that you just want to emulate. I have also been impressed by the quality of the education here and the opportunities available to residents to pursue whatever interests they may find themselves drawn to throughout residency. I myself was part of the clinical educator track and loved the educational experiences it afforded me in preparation for a career in academic medicine.
My fiancée and I met here at GME orientation and have loved our time in the city of Charlottesville. There is definitely something for everyone to do here. A typical day off for us can be anything from a hike in Shenandoah with our dog Finn, to a quiet afternoon at a vineyard. Our favorite quick break in town lately is the Dairy Market where we get ice cream from Moo-Thru almost weekly.
I have loved my time in Charlottesville, and there is no doubt that it has had a great impact on my journey to becoming the physician I am today. I can’t speak highly enough of the preparation that I’ve had here or the friends that I will leave with. After chief year, I plan to pursue a fellowship in Cardiology.
Meet Athidi Earasi, MD
I was born in India but moved to the United States at a young age. Growing up, I moved around a lot and went to 12 schools between kindergarten and high school, but since high school onward my home has been in Charlotte, NC. I went to Duke for undergrad and UNC-Chapel Hill for medical school. I couples matched here with my husband, Kranthi Earasi, who is now an academic hospitalist at UVA.
UVA was one of the first programs that my husband and I interviewed at and, in many ways, it set the standard for the rest of interviews we would attend. We were blown away by how natural the sense of camaraderie among residents was. Nothing seemed forced, and all of the residents genuinely loved their program and being able to work alongside their best friends. During the morning report and CMC conferences, I remember being impressed with the profound fund of knowledge that even the fairly new PGY1 residents seemed to have already acquired through their first few months of residency. After three years of residency, I can confidently say that the UVA IM program has helped me become a well-rounded internal medicine physician. This program has exceeded all my expectations in terms of seamlessly integrating rigorous clinical training with high quality education, collegiality, and work-life balance.
Outside of the hospital, my husband and I enjoy spending time with our co-residents (who have become our closest friends) by exploring new restaurants and having board game nights, cookouts, or bonfires together. The scenic landscape of Charlottesville has also been the perfect backdrop to explore the endless hiking trails in the area. After chief year, I play to apply for a fellowship in Gastroenterology and Hepatology.