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Service, Joy, and Health

How far would you go to help a child? For scholarship recipient Kyle Trowbridge (Col ’11) the answer is clear. He came to the University of Virginia in 2007, where he began devoting himself—and many years of his life—to learning about children’s health. Since he first told a high school counselor he wanted to be in a field where he could work with kids while using his aptitude for science and math, he has never lost sight of becoming a pediatrician.

While at UVA, Trowbridge focused on his pre-med requirements and worked at UVA Hospital. Now, as a recent graduate of the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, Trowbridge is closer than ever to fulfilling his mission to help children.

“Working with children makes me happy. They have such energy about them, a curiosity about the world. Working with them is a unique opportunity to help them see the world is a beautiful place, which is something I believe,” he said.

Trowbridge knew he was on the right path when he chose the pre-med track at UVA. As a medical scribe for the School of Medicine, he worked in the ER at UVA Hospital. Following doctors in the emergency room, he witnessed life and death decisions being made on a regular basis. He found the work both challenging and exhilarating, especially when seeing patients in the pediatric side of the department. “I noticed when I left my peds shift to go home, I was more upbeat, less tired,” he said. “It reaffirmed my belief that I should be in pediatrics.”

A Sound Start

Trowbridge grew up in Mathews County, Virginia. He’s glad he chose to attend the University of Virginia, where he found many options to pursue his studies and was offered a financial aid package to help fund his education.

“I ended up going where I thought I could become the individual that I needed to be,” he said. “I immediately found that UVA offered so many different opportunities and pathways toward self-enrichment. UVA offers such a great opportunity to students because of the diversity of options.”

Thanks to a scholarship, Trowbridge was able to complete his bachelor’s degree in psychology without any debt. “The UVA scholarship was available to me mostly due to alumni contributions,” he said. “Medical school may not have been an option had I been burdened by student loans. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to go to UVA.”

After graduating from medical school in May 2016, Trowbridge is spending the next three years training at VCU in the general pediatrics residency program at the Children’s Hospital of Richmond. A few years from now he will decide whether to pursue further specialized training; he is unsure of what his future holds, but has an interest in pediatric cardiology. “No matter what happens, what field within pediatrics I enter, I know this is what I want to do,” he said. “When you become a pediatrician, you have a unique ability to change people’s lives. It’s a long road, but you take it one year at a time.”


Michelle Packer