I first want to extend my sincerest congratulations for finally making it to interview season. Those first few years of your medical training are certainly taxing, but the light at the end of the tunnel is nearing. Soon you will become physicians and surgeons, and it is an incredibly exciting time in your medical career. The only instance I found more exciting than walking across the stage at graduation was receiving the letter on Match Day that would determine where I would spend the next several years and how my career in surgery would begin.
I remember a great number of my colleagues in medical school discussing interviews and their complex algorithms of choosing the right program. For me, it was simple: I wanted to be able to operate well and I wanted to maximize my opportunity to train in whichever field I chose to pursue. I interviewed at a number of places around the country, however none of the places could quite match up to what was offered at the University of Virginia’s Surgery Program. My first impressions of the program were that of collegiality, professionalism, and competence.
Having spent the last several years in the program and now, having become a chief resident, I can clearly see those first impressions held true throughout the years. The collegiality among the residents, both within the department and across other specialties, is first class, and I have made some of the best friends of my life during the last few years. I have not met a more collectively professional group of individuals during my career, and the support for research and career development is unparalleled. Lastly, graduates of UVA’s surgical program consistently have incredible success with fellowships and in practice thereafter.
Furthermore, Charlottesville is an absolutely great place to live. There are numerous amounts of outdoor activities, an incredible music scene, a plethora of restaurants, and the University attracts an enormous amount of culture to the area. I could not be more content that I matched at UVA, nor could I be more satisfied with my training. UVA’s Surgery program is comprised of a special group that make up a tight-knit family, and everyone in that family has a vested interest in seeing each other excel. Residency is the first step in one’s surgical career, and UVA is certainly an awesome place to begin that journey.
John P. Davis, MD
Categorical General Surgery Resident (PGY-7)
University of Virginia