Naval Medical Center Portsmouth is located on the banks of the Elizabeth River in the historic and diverse community of Hampton Roads. Portsmouth is centrally located between the resort city of Virginia Beach, the vibrant downtown of Norfolk, suburban life in Chesapeake, the more rural Suffolk, and the peninsula communities of Hampton and Newport News. All are located no more than 20-30 minutes from Portsmouth!
This region is one of the more popular vacation sites on the East Coast. Miles of beautiful beaches are minutes away in Virginia Beach. Outdoor and environmental enthusiasts will love the ecologically diverse Chesapeake Bay and its inland waterways that transect the entire region. The historic triangle of Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown boast some of the most significant historical attractions in the country. Busch Gardens Europe and Water Country USA are only 45 minutes away. The water sport paradise of North Carolina’s Outer Banks is just an hour away. The eastern shore and its famous islands of Chincoteague and Assateague are only 90 minutes north. Skiing and mountain activities are only 3 hours away, as is Washington D.C and all it has to offer.
The Hampton Roads area includes theater, opera, Broadway shows, and a symphony. Museum enthusiasts will love Nauticus in downtown Norfolk with the Battleship Wisconsin alongside, the Virginia Air and Space museum (adjacent to the Langley NASA research center), the Chrysler Museum of Art, the Norfolk Botanical Gardens, the Norfolk Zoo, as well as the Virginia Aquarium, one of the largest and top-rated Aquariums on the east coast. Sports are well represented by Triple-A baseball’s Norfolk Tides (who play in Harbor Park, voted the best minor league baseball stadium in the country) and AHL Hockey’s Norfolk Admirals. Runners and triathletes will enjoy the multitude of world class races in the area, including the Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon (held at the Oceanfront during the American Music Festival, which is the largest outdoor music festival on the east coast), as well as the St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Sportsfest. These events, along with multiple Division-I university athletic programs, give sports enthusiasts plenty to do.
While Hampton Roads has an amazing array of things to do, the cost of living remains near the national average, and far below that of the other Military Medical Centers. Bottom Line: World class residency education, exciting recreational activities, short commutes, and a low cost of living make the NMC Portsmouth Emergency Medicine Residency the easy choice!