I am originally from Bangladesh but I was born and raised in Atlanta, GA. I rec...
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I am originally from Bangladesh but I was born and raised in Atlanta, GA. I received my undergraduate degree from University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!) and from there I moved to Saint Maarten to attend medical school at the American University of the Caribbean. After doing many of my clinical rotations in NYC and Detroit, I never expected that I would end up in Saint Louis (much less Wash U) but it has honestly been quite a blessing. I quickly made friends, especially with my fellow classmates, and explored the city. My favorite part of the city is all of the amazing restaurants that are located nearby and the fact that I can live in a great, affordable apartment less than a mile from the hospital!
The best thing about this program are the faculty members. They are all down-to-Earth, easy to talk to, and extremely intelligent. We have the opportunity to see and learn from hundreds of patients each year in a variety of settings including, inpatient, outpatient, ECT, TMS, and in an eating disorders facility which is something I did not see with many other programs. Additionally, resident feedback is taken seriously and great strides are made to take everyone's opinion into account.
I hope that this helps and I wish you luck in your journey to obtain a psychiatry residency!
In short, and to loosely quote one of the faculty members on my interview day, i...
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In short, and to loosely quote one of the faculty members on my interview day, if you want to (learn how to) practice 21st century Psychiatry, this is the place to be! Be it robust diagnostics, research, evidence based medicine, neurosciences, or psychotherapy (yes... I said psychotherapy), you're guaranteed an education that will go great lengths.
Not only the above, but St. Louis is awesome! Live music, theater, opera, art, food, drinks, parks... you name it! There is an abundance of residents from all PGYs who are frequently out and about together. We're also quite a diverse bunch so you're bound to find someone who shares common interests with you.
As a tried and true Texan, I knew it would take a lot for me to leave my home st...
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As a tried and true Texan, I knew it would take a lot for me to leave my home state for residency. On my interview day, I was impressed by so many things within the residency program. The faculty were friendly and passionate, and the residents were knowledgeable, well-rounded, and happy. The opportunities within the program are endless, and the quality of training here is top-notch. And even though I miss having a local NBA team, Whataburger, and real Mexican food, I can say with certainty that I love living in the Central West End.
Originally from Bosnia & Herzegovina, I came to the United States to attend high...
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Originally from Bosnia & Herzegovina, I came to the United States to attend high school and college in Connecticut before moving to St. Louis eight years ago to join the MD/PhD program at Wash U. I thought I would surely return to New England upon graduation. Nevertheless, after strongly considering that prospect, I decided to stay at Wash U for residency training. The same things that were adjustments about St. Louis, such as less congestion, are exactly the things I love about this city now. It is so remarkably EASY to live here - no traffic, fewer lines at events, cheap real estate and friendly people. Not to mention the winters are less harsh and my dogs live next to Forest Park, a majestic urban park, where they can chase squirrels and rabbits galore. There are many East Coast and West Coast transplants at the medical school and it is remarkable how many of us have fallen in love with the 'Lou'. In the intern class of 2017, five of us from the WUMS Class of 2013 decided to stay for residency, and we got some amazing co-residents from other medical schools. One of my favorite things about Wash U is the informal atmosphere and a very supportive community. The psychiatry department has a historical emphasis on basic science and genetics research. I studied a Drosophila neuroendocrine scaling transcription factor for my PhD, and now wish to expand on my background in genomics by applying it to psychiatry. All these things together are the reason why I chose Wash U Psychiatry and Saint Louis.
Having spent all my life in Chicago, I was a bit worried about coming to St. Lou...
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Having spent all my life in Chicago, I was a bit worried about coming to St. Louis for residency. I would be leaving my lifelong friends, as well as leaving various activities outside of the hospital, like league soccer, that living in a city like Chicago had afforded me. While coming to Wash U. provided the expected huge amount of learning and research opportunities, (it is Wash U after all), what came as a pleasant surprise was the amazing community that you join and the people you meet when you work here. The attendings, who in addition to their research and vast medical knowledge, also have a variety of out of hospital interests. It was actually through getting to know the very down to earth and friendly attendings that I have resumed playing league soccer and discovered, to my embarrassment, that much like in psychiatry, they are much better than me at it! Furthermore, my fellow residents, both within psychiatry and in other specialties, come from diverse backgrounds, which has allowed me to try new things like homemade Korean barbecue and the sport of Cricket. Coming to Wash U has been a wonderful experience that has helped me grow and experience more as both a physician and as a person.
A St Louis native, I attended WashU for medical school, and enjoyed the psychiat...
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A St Louis native, I attended WashU for medical school, and enjoyed the psychiatry rotation so much I chose to stay here for residency. Since starting residency, I have become even more appreciative of all WashU and Barnes-Jewish Hospital have to offer, including amazing faculty, dedicated ECT and eating disorder rotations during second year, all the research opportunities one could want, and perhaps most importantly, wonderful co-residents, many of whom have become close friends.
When not at the hospital, I try to enjoy the many things St Louis has to offer, including running in Forest Park, eating out at restaurants (Pastaria and Mai Lee are favorites!), spending time at the Art Museum and attending Cardinals' games. Of course, I also enjoy spending time with my husband, family, and friends!
After spending four years in a cosmopolitan city on the other side of the world ...
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After spending four years in a cosmopolitan city on the other side of the world (Sydney) and subsequently spanning the entire country on an extensive interview trail, I decided that there's no place like St. Louis. The people are friendly, the property is cheap, the traffic is benign, and the Cardinals are about to win the World Series again. For those of you East/West Coast people who think that St. Louis is dull, you clearly haven't been here yet.
But despite the merits of the city, I came here for the program and was most certainly not disappointed. I think it's pretty clear that the training here is second to none, as you would expect from a place with such a strong tradition of academic medical excellence. We study mental illness to a depth that I didn't even know was possible. We learn approaches to care that I hadn't even considered before. And we work with leading experts in every field of cutting-edge neuroscience research. If you're excited about the new BRAIN initiative, this is the place to be. There is somebody here working on everything, and however you want to develop your career, this place will foster it.
A Benjamin Srivastava
I am originally from the Midwest - I was born and raised in Indianapolis, and I ...
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I am originally from the Midwest - I was born and raised in Indianapolis, and I did my undergraduate work at the University of Michigan - Go Blue! I then ventured south to the University of Florida for medical school, though I absolutely refuse to cheer for the Gators. One of the most formative experiences I had in medical school was doing research in behavioral neurology under Dr. Kenneth Heilman, one of the world's foremost and most celebrated behavioral neurologists, who taught me to think about pathological variants in behavior in terms of brain structure and how these properties are altered in disease. Though I ultimately ended up choosing psychiatry, Dr. Heilman's teachings stayed with me and have shaped the way in which I view psychiatric illness - as organic brain pathology. When it came time choose where to apply, interview, and ultimately rank, the Chair of Psychiatry at Florida and personal mentor, Dr. Mark Gold, loaned me his copy of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience by Drs. Zorumski and Rubin, a revolutionary text grounded in years of basic science research and clinical practice that presents clear and elegant explanations for the underlying neurobiology of psychiatric disease. Interestingly, the first chapter is almost entirely based on some of Dr. Heilman's work. I knew then, that if I wanted to train in a program that would push me to think differently and on a deeper level than I could ever think possible, Wash U would be that very program. I am grateful to be able to train in such a world class department at one of the world's great academic medical centers. I absolutely love living in St. Louis - it is a great place for food, sports, arts, and culture - with one of the world's great symphony orchestras. And as a seasoned distance runner (from 5Ks to marathons), I cannot describe how much I love having Forest Park as my front yard!