Samantha Chirunomula, MD

University of Connecticut

Hi there! My name's Sam and I was born and raised in Connecticut. My parents are internists so I spent a lot of time around the clinic and hospital as a kid, but I never considered being a doctor till I was about halfway through my time at Middlebury College in Vermont. I majored in Spanish and spent a lot of time volunteering with the local Mexican migrant workers, teaching them English and translating for them during doctor's appointments at a local free clinic. That was my first glimpse of healthcare for the underserved, and I was hooked right away.

I headed back home to start med school at the University of Connecticut, and I was fortunate enough to be placed with a family doctor at a nearby FQHC for my continuity clinic site. Over the course of med school, I fell in love with family medicine's wide scope of practice and emphasis on community service. My interests include HIV and addiction medicine, global health, and obstetrics. Ventura's program stood out to me for its breadth of clinical training, patient population, and the passion and commitment displayed by the residents and faculty.

Since arriving here, I've been blown away by the kindness and support of my co-residents, faculty, and staff. Though I will miss the four seasons of New England, I'm also excited to be living somewhere with perfect weather every day! My favorite things include running, hiking, biking, chocolate, river otters, wine tours, cooking, and playing the violin and guitar.  Come visit us!