Dr. Bollam

When I came to UVA for my interview, I was simply blown away by the academic rigor juxtaposed with the palpable camaraderie among residents, faculty, and staff. 

Rishitha Bollam, MD

Rishitha Bollam, MD, PGY-2

As I started off interview season, I was so glad my advisor shared with me this valuable piece of advice – make as many lists as you want, but don’t forget to listen to that gut feeling. And of course at first, I had no idea what that meant. But surely enough, I realized it’s the place that creates a safe and friendly environment to freely express your thoughts and also gives you ample opportunity to learn and challenge yourself. It’s the place that has the right balance of autonomy and oversight for you. When I came to UVA for my interview, I was simply blown away by the academic rigor juxtaposed with the palpable camaraderie among residents, faculty, and staff. It didn’t take much time at all to feel comfortable interacting with the residents, who seemed so down-to-earth, happy, and just simply excited to be here. I was also very impressed by the caliber of morning report cases and how effectively they were presented to the residents. This program has it all – clinically complex cases, wide array of subspecialty exposure, strong ambulatory training, and an abundance of research opportunities. Walking out of here after interview day, I just knew that UVA would be that perfect place for me and I’m so fortunate to have this opportunity to train here as a resident.

Having grown up in Virginia, I have always had a very special spot in my heart for Charlottesville. Every time I visited, I was simply struck by the absolute beauty of nature here. You will find incredible hikes just within a short distance of the city and of course, there is the incredible Shenandoah National Park. Plus, if you are a foodie like me, you won’t go wrong with a stroll down Downtown mall, which is home to some of the best restaurants.  Whether it’s hiking together or eating delicious food, I just can’t think of a better group of residents to spend my time with for the next three years.

Starting intern year has stirred up a whirlwind of emotions. It’s incredible to have the responsibility to take care of patients coming from all walks of life. I’m so thankful for the amazing support from every single one of my attendings and residents. I admire their dedication to teaching and passion for providing the best care despite the complex social and financial barriers of healthcare. I’m so lucky to have them as my role models as I embark on this incredible journey to become a competent well-rounded physician.