Life as a Resident
All our residents are assigned an advisor upon entering the residency. The program advisors meet with residents twice a year, the time with the advisor is used to track individual progress through the program by reviewing milestones accomplished. This time can also be used to review educational goals and to provide performance feedback.
Training is designed to provide an outstanding balance between general pediatrics and the pediatric subspecialties, including clinical and basic research. The result will give you confidence as a general practitioner as well as a strong background should you choose to pursue a specialization or a career in academics.
Residents and their families can expect a healthy work/life balance at UVA. We offer an excellent pediatric residency program in an environment that is friendly, safe and full of rich cultural opportunities.
The pediatric residency program recognizes the importance of resident wellness. We have developed several ways to ensure our residents feel supported during their time here.
Our program has a Resident Wellness Committee composed of residents from all program levels. This committee is responsible for planning events to promote resident well-being. They coordinate activities such as cookouts, bowling, hiking, and fun group outings such as to the local trampoline park. They also participate in several local road races each year.
In addition to the Wellness Committee, the Residency Program hosts an annual retreat for interns and third-year residents at the Wintergreen resort. Residents are excused from all clinical duties during this time. It allows the residents to get together for a day of fun and fellowship and also to learn helpful career skills. The evening brings a relaxed dinner and an overnight stay at a lodge on the mountain. The residents love this break! We also have a great time at other organized events outside of work. The UVA pediatric softball team is always a hit (pun intended), and the faculty-resident softball game is a must-see.
Our faculty also host fun events for the residents throughout the year, such as the Chicken Slam, which occurs every February and involves an evening of fried chicken and the potential for ax throwing. Because fried chicken always helps keep the winter blues away.
Beach week is also a much anticipated week for the rising second-year residents. They are treated to a week at the beach where they have time to be together and relax before the next year starts.
We are very lucky to have a program that invests in residents’ mental and physical well-being so that they can, in turn, take the best possible care of their patients.