Resident Life

Our UVA Family

Our favorite aspect of UVA is the people; we have a great family here. Our residents and faculty have a variety of backgrounds and personalities. We share a passion for our profession, a desire to learn and educate, and a positive attitude.

  • Residents stun at the annual "Path Prom" Gala.

  • Both attendings and residents enjoy weekly runs.

  • AP Division Chief, Kristen Atkins, M.D., reconnects with former Chief Resident Sarah Kelting, M.D. at a USCAP meeting.

  • Hiking through a tunnel

    Our trainees and faculty love to hit the trails with family and friends! Hiking in the area is plentiful and easy to access.

  • Family biking

    Cville is a bike-friendly town, with plenty of trails and lanes for the cycling-inclined. Here, our own PD, Dr. Mills, enjoys the Blue Ridge Railway Trail along the Piney River.

  • Residents and Fellows try their hand at crocheting.

  • Our Acid Fast running club meets weekly for morning runs or walks!

  • Residents by waterfall

    Former Chief Residents Sarah Gradecki and Rachel Whitehair enjoying the view of a beautiful waterfall.

  • Members of the 2023 PGY1 class enjoy a meal together.

  • Participating in national conferences is a highlight for many of our trainees. Here, our residents relax between sessions at USCAP 2019.

  • Enjoying dinner after a fun day at USCAP!

  • Residents and attendings take some time to unwind at a showing of the Barbie movie at a local Charlottesville theater.

  • Trainees help out at See, Test, & Treat, a program organized by the CAP Foundation to provide screening and exams to underserved communities.

  • Members of the 2023 PGY1 class enjoy some time away from the hospital.

Life in Charlottesville

In choosing a residency program, the priority is the quality of training and preparation for independent practice. However, we recognize that there is life outside of the hospital, and finding a fit with your new city is also important. Charlottesville boasts a charming small-town feel with big-city amenities and proximity to Washington, D.C., the Blue Ridge Mountains, and the Atlantic Coast.

For its size, Charlottesville is home to a surprising number of local restaurants, shops, craft breweries, cideries, wineries, concert venues, music and film festivals, and great school systems (public and private), as well as sports and cultural activities associated with the university.

Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall is one of the longest outdoor pedestrian malls in the United States. Of course, we would be remiss if we didn’t mention historical sites such as Thomas Jefferson’s estate at Monticello and the University of Virginia with Thomas Jefferson’s Academical Village and Rotunda, together a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • The Paramount Theater, on the Charlottesville Downtown Mall.

  • Charlottesville's Downtown Mall

  • Thomas Jefferson's Monticello

  • The UVA Rotunda and Academical Village

  • Shenandoah National Park, only 30 minutes from UVA.