Emily Schapka, MD
University of Illinois COM- Peoria
Hi! I'm Emily. I grew up in Detroit and earned my M.D. from the University of Illinois in Peoria, IL. After growing up and studying in the Midwest, I was ready for a change, so I took the leap to Richmond for a pediatric residency. I fell in love instantly with its natural beauty, walkable neighborhoods (I live in the Fan district), and the friendly people I've met both in and outside of our program. Even the pandemic life is pretty good here - I've spent much of my summer in and along the river thanks to our amazing park system, as well as growing the biggest cherry tomato plant I've ever seen in my life and taking an amazing backpacking trip in the Appalachian mountains. I'm looking forward to the full return of our incredible restaurants, local music venues, and the climbing gym where I'm a member. I'm also applying to the pediatric critical care fellowship this year - you can ask me anything about the application process or how the department has supported my goals!
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