Dr. Bal

I’m happy to report that the collegial, warm, and academic environment I encountered on my interview day is certainly a reality.

Anjali Bal, MD

Anjali Bal, MD, PGY-3

As I began the process of applying to residency, I have to admit I wasn’t entirely sure what I was looking for in a program. I knew I wanted to be in an academic program with great fellowship opportunities, but I was pretty unsure of further specifics beyond that. I applied to mostly Northeast programs, with a few scattered outside the region. At the suggestion of one of my medical school advisors, I applied to UVA. I was a little hesitant applying to a program that wasn’t in a big city, but as I learned more about the program, I felt it could be a great fit for me. UVA ended up being one of my first interviews on the trail, and I was immediately taken in by the beautiful surroundings. The interview dinner was one of the best, not only for the delicious meal but for the ease of conversation and laid back residents. On my interview day, I was impressed by the focus on education and academic development. As I progressed through the interview season, I found myself comparing every other program to UVA. I was thrilled to find out that I matched here, but I also wondered if what I experienced during my interview day would be the reality of being a resident in the program.

Since starting residency, I’m happy to report that the collegial, warm, and academic environment I encountered on my interview day is certainly a reality. I had some trepidation about starting residency in a new town with people I didn’t know, but I’ve found that the support from my fellow residents has made the transition as smooth as possible. Intern year is challenging at just about any program, but everyone, including the fellows and faculty, are incredibly approachable and helpful. Our 1:1 intern to resident teams really foster a sense of teamwork. I always feel supported while still having plenty of room for autonomy and growth. The program leaders are incredibly receptive to change which speaks to their commitment to resident well-being. As for Charlottesville, I have been enjoying exploring my new home and all it has to offer. There are so many great restaurants, wineries and breweries that you can always find something to please just about anybody. It’s an incredibly livable town with plenty to keep you busy, but if you are looking for a real city experience, D.C. and Richmond are close enough for a weekend or day trip. Overall, I’ve been very pleased and lucky to become a part of the UVA Internal Medicine family.